PAPUADAILY –The Coordinator of the Expert Team and Government Spokesperson for Handling COVID-19 Wiku Adisasmito ensured that participants of the XX National Sports Week (PON) infected with COVID-19 undergoing treatment would recover before returning to their home areas.
“The handling of positive cases found during the XX PON event will be immediately isolated on the spot before being allowed to return to their area of origin until the test results are negative,” said Wiku at a virtual press conference on the Development of COVID-19 Handling in Jakarta, Tuesday (12/10/2021). Quoted Antara.
In order to prevent an increase in COVID-19 transmission and as a form of caution, Wiku said that each contingent, even though they had carried out a COVID-19 detection test before traveling, were still required to retest twice when they arrived in their area of origin.
In addition, the contingent will also quarantine for five days in facilities provided by the COVID-19 task force or local government.
This arrangement is contained in the second addendum to the Circular of the COVID-19 Handling Task Force Number 17 of 2021 concerning Domestic Travel which will be valid until October 31, 2021.
As of October 11, 2021, there were 83 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 from nearly 10,000 participants who took part in PON XX, or around 0.83 percent, while other disease complaints recorded during PON XX were four cases of malaria and two cases of diarrhea.
So far, the Ministry of Health has reported that the emergence of positive cases in the XX PON event was caused by interactions between participants in the room and while eating together, and some athletes were also spectators and sometimes during victory celebrations they did not comply with health protocols.
In addition to thorough preparation before the XX PON event and intensive monitoring during the XX PON, the government also monitors participants who have completed their activities in the middle of the event when they return to their home regions.
The XX PON contingent is required to retest after arriving in the area of origin and quarantine for five days at the expense of the task force or local government.
If the first result is negative, then on the fourth day of quarantine, a repeat PCR test is required. If a positive result is found in one of the test results, then the contingent must undergo isolation or treatment at the nearest COVID-19 referral hospital.
Meanwhile, after the XX PON event, said Wiku, the government will evaluate policies for implementing major activities, such as implementing mandatory routine tests before matches and before returning home, must provide special quarantine facilities for close contacts and evaluate accommodation density and behavior outside the main event.
“From our experience during the XX PON, we learned that careful planning is the most crucial thing in organizing a big event in the midst of the COVID-19 storm,” said Wiku.
In addition, the evaluation that is followed and carried out after the XX PON can be used as a basis for preparing for future events.
“The results of this evaluation can be used not only for organizing sporting events, but also for other events that involve many people to ensure that these activities can run smoothly and safely from COVID-19,” said Wiku.***