KOMPAS.com – The more contagious variant of the coronavirus first identified in the UK continues to emerge around the world, including Indonesia.
As reported by Kompas.com (2/3/2021), to coincide with one year of the Covid-19 pandemic, Deputy Minister of Health (Wamenkes) Dante Saksono Harbuwono confirmed that mutation of the corona virus B.1.1.7, which was first detected in England, has now been found in Indonesia.
“Last night, I received information that in exactly one year (pandemic), today we find the mutation B.1.1.7, UK (United Kingdom) mutation, in Indonesia, “said Dante.
This, he conveyed at the Indonesian Innovation program for Indonesia to Recover Post-pandemic, which was broadcast live on the YouTube channel of Kemenristek / Brin, Tuesday (2/3/2021).
Dante said, with the findings of the two cases of the B.1.1.7 mutation, Indonesia will face the Covid-19 pandemic with an increasingly severe level of difficulty.
Previously, at least eight US states and 33 countries had identified the new variant of B.1.1.7, including Singapore, India, Malaysia and South Korea.
Dr. Henry Walke, incident manager for Covid-19 response from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the new variant is spreading faster, which could cause more cases and put a strain on the health care system.
“We must be more vigilant in precautionary measures to slow the spread of Covid-19,” he said.
Here are four facts that need to be known regarding the mutation of the corona virus B.1.1.7:
1. It is easier to spread
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the strain, which was first identified in the UK, spreads more easily and quickly than other strains.
Strain B.1.1.7 was first seen in September in southeast England and accounted for a quarter of cases in London in November.
As of the week of 9 December, this new variant of the coronavirus was responsible for 60% of cases in the city.
Scientists in the UK estimate that the B.1.1.7 coronavirus mutation is 40-70% more contagious based on an analysis of the affected population in the UK.