A Bali virologist has warned the community about another potential wave of Covid-19 transmission in Bali.
Virologist from the Bali Udayana University, I Gusti Ngurah Kade Mahardika stated that despite a significant reduction of Covid-19 transmission in Bali, people still need to be more aware of the transmission of the new Covid-19 variant that has recently been detected in Malaysia. “Although we only have 11 active Covid-19 cases, we need to be aware of a new Covid-19 variant called Delta Plus (AY.4.2) that has the potential to spread amongst the people in Bali,” Mahardika said.
However, Mahardika believes the new variant is less deadly than the previous Delta variant. “The third wave of Covid-19 transmission might occur in Bali, but I’m pretty confident that we can handle it, just like the previous Delta variant that was claimed to be the deadliest Covid-19 variant so far in this pandemic,” Mahardika added.
Mahardika also reminds the Bali provincial government to increase tracing methods in Bali as one of the prevention stages to avoid Covid-19 cases from surging on the island. “Despite our achievement in handling the Covid-19 pandemic in Bali, officials still need to improve their epidemic countermeasure tools such as intensifying their tracing method,” Mahardika concluded.
Meanwhile, the Secretary of Bali’s Covid-19 Handling Task Force, Made Rentin said that the key to properly handling the current Covid-19 pandemic is prevention protocol implementation and vaccine distribution.
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