Indonesia finds 2 cases of Indian COVID-19 variant in Jakarta

JAKARTA: Indonesia has recorded two cases of a highly infectious COVID-19 variant first identified in India in the capital Jakarta, the country’s health minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said on Monday (May 3).

“There were two new mutations that entered. One from India, with two incidents in Jakarta and one from South Africa in Bali,” Budi told a virtual conference.

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Another official confirmed the two cases were the B1617 variant, first detected in India.

Indonesia last week stopped issuing visas for foreigners who had been in India in the previous 14 days.

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