A more infectious mutation of the new coronavirus was found in Indonesia, the Jakarta-based Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology said on Sunday as the number of cases in the Southeast Asian country rose.
Indonesia reported 2,858 new infections on Sunday, health ministry data showed, below the previous day’s record of 3,308 but above the daily average for the previous month. The total number of cases was 172,053, with 7,343 COVID-19 deaths.
The “infectious but milder” D614G mutation in the virus was found in genome sequencing data from samples collected by the institute, deputy director Herawati Sudoyo told Reuters, adding that more studies are needed to determine if this is behind the recent surge in cancer Cases stuck.
The strain, which the World Health Organization said was identified in February and circulated in Europe and America, was also found in neighboring Singapore and Malaysia.
Syahrizal Syarif, an epidemiologist at the University of Indonesia, warned Indonesians to stay vigilant as his modeling suggests the number of cases could rise to 500,000 by the end of the year.
“The situation is grave … Local transmission is currently out of control,” Syarif said, adding that the number of infections detected daily could have been much higher if laboratories could process more samples per day.
The capital Jakarta saw a record increase of more than 1,000 cases per day on Sunday, which the city government linked to higher mobility rates during an independence celebration in mid-August.
“There needs to be an awareness and a collective effort, be it from the government or the people, to address the increasing number of cases,” Dwi Oktavia, an official with the Jakarta Health Department, said in a statement, urging people to act stay home and wear a face mask when going out.
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