Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr: Population movement, mass gathering and escalating of COVID-19 – A perspective from Indonesia

Dian Sidik Arsyad, Firzan Nainu, Abram L. Wagner, Kuldeep Dhama

Abstract


In Indonesia, the most populous Moslem-majority country, despite the possibility of underreported coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, 6,248 confirmed cases and 535 deaths have been recorded. With upcoming Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr, between 18-23 million of Indonesians may move from urban locations (with high counts of COVDI-19) to rural areas with fewer cases currently but less laboratory capacity to diagnose cases. This review summaries the current situation of CO.VID-19 in Indonesia and discusses the possible impacts of mass population movement, Ramadan-related activities, and Eid al-Fitr celebration days on COVID-19 transmission in the country.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.24815/tigh.v1i1.22421

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