Action against the omnibus law shaded by the COVID-19 pandemic, beware of demonstration clusters!


The security forces are currently preparing to anticipate the workers’ demonstration against the omnibus law on Tuesday (6/10/2020).

Police also warned workers not to take action. The reason is that if this demonstration occurs, the risk of transmitting the Corona virus COVID-19 will be even greater.

“The national police did not allow protests or other activities that led to crowds in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID. This is also in line with the statement of the chief of police. We ask the public to stand up for themselves. comply, “the head of public relations of the national police, Inspector General Argo Yuwono said on Monday (5/10/2020).

Is there a risk that a demo cluster will occur?

University of Indonesia Faculty of Public Health (FKM UI) epidemiologist Pandu Riono said if one or two people in the outbreak tested positive for COVID-19 and unconsciously passed it on to others , this could lead to a demonstration cluster.

“This is what we call a cluster, (transmission) in this activity there is one or two people who get infected and then infect a lot of people, this is what we call a cluster,” Pandu said. when contacted. detikcom, Tuesday (6/10/2020).

What is the risk of catching COVID-19 during the demonstration?

Head of Department of Epidemiology, Faculty of Public Health, University of Indonesia (FKM UI) Dr Tri Yunis Miko Wahyono, MSc, said that during protests, people usually find it difficult to pay attention to health protocols, so the risk of transmission of COVID-19 will be great.

“The demonstration was gathering, it was difficult to keep your distance, then some of them were wearing masks, but a small number were not wearing masks. So those who do not wear masks are ready to transmit COVID-19, ”Dr Miko said in a separate interview.

Meanwhile, Pandu explained, although the demonstration will take place in hot weather, it will not reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

“It’s hot (it’s) the air, the person is not hot, the person lives in the person, the virus is inside the person,” he explained.

“In addition, when using screams, there are droplets,” he says.

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