JAKARTA, May 4 (Xinhua) -- The Indonesian Health Ministry on Tuesday said the country had detected 17 cases of COVID-19 mutation based on genome sequencing from February to April this year.
"These COVID-19 new variants originate from the local transmission and are carried by Indonesian migrant workers who returned to their home," said Siti Nadia Tarmizi, the ministry's Director for Prevention and Control of Direct Infectious Diseases.
Amongst the COVID-19 mutase cases, 13 were variant B117 that were first detected in Britain.
The five cases of B117 were brought by migrant workers from Saudi Arabia, added Tarmizi.
Meanwhile, three cases are infection with COVID-19 variant B1617, first detected in India, and another case is type B1351 which was first found in South Africa.