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Over 300 vaccinated health staff contract COVID-19 in Indonesia

More than 300 doctors and other health workers have contracted COVID-19 in one Indonesian district, despite having been fully vaccinated using the jab developed by China’s Sinovac, an official said Thursday. 
Indonesia has seen a surge in coronavirus cases in recent weeks, with daily cases rising by more than 12,600 on Thursday, the biggest daily jump since January.  
Cases have spiked especially in Kudus district in Central Java province, with hospitals struggling to cope with new patients, officials said. 
More than 300 health workers there have tested positive for the virus, even though they have been fully vaccinated, said Siti Nadia Tarmizi, a spokesman for the country’s vaccination campaign.  But she said the Sinovac vaccine, known as CoronaVac, provides protection against new virus variants, saying symptoms of COVID-19 among those who have been vaccinated were mostly mild.       “Sinovac is effective against new variants,” she said. 
The World Health Organization (WHO) called on Indonesia to take “urgent action” to stem increased transmission of new virus variants.  
“Drastic increase in bed occupancy rates this week in high-risk provinces is a major concern and necessitates the implementation of stricter public health and social measures including large-scale social restrictions,” the WHO said in a situation report on the country released on Wednesday.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose by 12,624 to 1.95 million on Thursday, according to the Health Ministry.