The recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the country has most likely been caused by the Delta variant of the coronavirus, which was first detected in India, government health authorities have said.
The widespread presence of the variant was noted by Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin on Monday. He said it had been detected in samples taken in Jakarta; Kudus, Central Java; and Bangkalan, East Java.
Health Ministry spokeswoman Siti Nadia Tarmizi said on Tuesday that authorities had found, through a whole-genome sequencing effort conducted in 12 provinces, 145 samples containing any one of three variants of concern.
Of the 145 samples, 104 contained the Delta variant, 36 contained the Alpha variant, and 5 contained the Beta variant.
These strains represent three of the four variants of concern flagged by th...
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