Two Indonesian Red Cross personnel on a three-wheeler spray disinfectant along a narrow road in Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

All Indonesia's 34 Provinces Now Affected by Coronavirus


APRIL 10, 2020

Jakarta. Gorontalo province in the northern part of Sulawesi Island has reported its first Covid-19 case so that all of Indonesia's 34 provinces are now affected by the outbreak, government data released on Friday showed.

The number of confirmed cases increased by 219 in the past 24 hours to bring the country's total to 3,512, with 306 deaths, Covid-19 Task Force spokesman Achmad Yurianto said in a video conference in Jakarta.

Only 282 Covid-19 patients have recovered since the country's first cases were announced in late February.

Jakarta, the hardest hit by the outbreak in the country, has 1,753 cases, with neighboring West Java in distant second with 388 cases.

More than 60 percent of Indonesia's confirmed cases occurred on Java Island, the most densely-populated area in the archipelago.

Jakarta officially began implementing large-scale social distancing policy, locally abbreviated as PSBB, on Friday, which bans the gathering of more than five people.

"People who live in Jakarta or routinely visit the capital for work must strictly follow the PSBB. This is not new to us, but we need a fresh commitment to implement it," Achmad said.  

Gorontalo Governor Rusli Habibie said on Thursday evening the province's first case involved a man who joined a Muslim pilgrimage in Gowa, South Sulawesi, several weeks ago.

He said all Gorontalo residents participating in the pilgrimage must report to local authorities for tests and join a mass quarantine program.

"We will conduct tests on all pilgrims who joined the gathering in Gowa and they must be honest and come to their district head or mayor for contact tracing," Rusli said in a teleconference uploaded on the provincial government's Facebook account. 

"We will put them under isolation at the Hajj Pilgrim Dormitory," he said.

Gorontalo's Patient 1 is being isolated at the Aloei Saboe Hospital in the provincial capital after his lab test came back positive.

Also on Thursday, the Covid-19 Task Force reported the first Covid-19 case in Indonesia's eastern province of East Nusa Tenggara.

The patient in Alor district later confirmed the news on his YouTube account.

"My name is El Asamau. I have tested positive for coronavirus," he said in the 18-minute video.

He said he visited Jakarta on March 9-13 and that he might have contracted the infectious illness there.

El took a swab test on March 27 upon learning that a colleague he met during his Jakarta visit had been placed in quarantine.

It took two weeks until he received his positive test result. He is currently put under quarantine at the Johannes Hospital in the provincial capital, Kupang.