Hey Indo ! – Indonesian Health Ministry official Siti Nadia Tarmizi confirmed that until now the new corona virus variant named AY.4.2, which is a mutation of the Delta COVID-19 variant, has not yet been found in Indonesia.

However, Nadia reminded the entire community to remain vigilant. “We still have to be vigilant because this variant is a subtype of the Delta variant,” she said, as quoted from Tempo on November 16 yesterday.

Nadia explained that the AY.4.2 variant is a sub-lineage of the Delta variant and is known as the Delta Plus variant. There are at least 60 sub-lineages of the Delta variant reported to date, and 22 of them have been found in Indonesia. The Delta Plus variant is known to dominate the surge in new cases in the UK.

The Delta variant which has circulated widely throughout Indonesia, is similar to the virus variant in Singapore, namely the Delta AY.2.3 variant, continued Nadia. This variant dominated positive cases in Indonesia last July. “It’s more contagious, increases the mortality rate, and the severity,” she said of the variant.

Nadia also stated that the existing vaccines rolled out throughout the archipelago are still quite effective against the new coronavirus variants, although there are some studies suggesting a possible decline in immunity over a period of time.

However, Nadia emphasized that people who have been vaccinated are less likely to be infected or may experience lessened symptoms if infected with the new variant of COVID-19 than those who have not been vaccinated. Therefore, she encourages the public to get the COVID-19 vaccination as a protective measure.

News source : Tempo.co and indonewsdaily.com