Jakarta Health Agency identifies COVID-19 cases in 68 offices

Central Jakarta commercial and business hub. <em>Photo: Nadia Vetta Hamid for Coconuts Media</em>
Central Jakarta commercial and business hub. Photo: Nadia Vetta Hamid for Coconuts Media

Update: According to the national COVID-19 task force, as of July 28, there were 459 infections in 90 workplace clusters in Jakarta.

Original story follows.

We were previously warned that many new COVID-19 cases in Indonesia came from offices, and now the Jakarta Health Agency has released new data showing that at least one person has been infected at 68 government and private offices in the capital.

Related — Workplace hazard: Indonesia traces majority of new coronavirus infections to offices 

As of July 27, the health agency’s data showed that the head office of state-owned metal miner PT Antam in South Jakarta had the most workplace infections with 68 confirmed cases. 

Second on the infection rate list was the office of the Finance Ministry with 25 confirmed cases, followed by the North Jakarta Food Security, Fisheries, and Agriculture Agency with 23, and the Education and Culture Ministry with 22.

Others with a handful of cases include the Health Ministry with 10, pharmaceutical giant Kimia Farma with 20, and state-owned energy company Pertamina with 3.

Workplace infections in Jakarta as of July 27, 2020. Photo: Jakarta Health Agency
Workplace infections in Jakarta as of July 27, 2020. Photo: Jakarta Health Agency

The agency noted that before Jakarta began transitioning away from the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) policy on June 4, thereby easing restrictions on public activities, only 43 office workers had tested positive for the coronavirus. Since then, 397 more people had tested positive, bringing the workplace infections total to 440.

The Jakarta administration is asking for offices to be stricter in upholding health protocols and to be more transparent in reporting infections.

“If an employee is suspected of contracting COVID-19, report right away, don’t be afraid. The office would only shut for three days,” Jakarta Manpower, Transmigration, and Energy Agency Head Andri Yansyah said, adding that the affected office would be thoroughly disinfected during that time.

Nationally, Indonesia yesterday officially passed the 100,000 cases mark for the disease, becoming the 24th country to do so thus far.

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