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Coronavirus: WHO urges Indonesia to test more suspected patients amid high death rate

The World Health Organisation has urged Indonesia to perform more Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests on people suspected to have the illness because it has noted a “substantially high” number of deaths among patients under surveillance (PDP) and people under observation (ODP).

The WHO acknowledged that Indonesia had improved its testing capacity significantly but said many of the PCR tests had been used on people already known to have Covid-19 – as the old WHO guidelines required.

The organisation changed the guidelines more than a month ago.

“Indonesia has a substantially high number of deaths of patients under surveillance [PDP] and people under observation [ODP]. Therefore, PCR tests should be prioritised for the diagnosis of suspected cases [PDP AND ODP] rather than for follow-up tests for patients to be discharged,” the WHO said in its latest situation report for Indonesia.

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