Health workers take a blood sample from a taxi driver in Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Bali, Riau See Biggest Growth in Number of Covid-19 Cases outside Java


SEPTEMBER 11, 2020

Jakarta. Bali and Riau have reported the biggest rise in daily number of coronavirus cases after four worst-affected provinces on Java Island since the beginning of the month.

Bali has added more than 1,700 cases while Riau has accumulated around 1,500 cases in the period of Sept. 1-11.

While being ranked low in the list of most affected provinces, both already beat month-to-date rises in other hotspots like South Sulawesi, South Kalimantan, North Sumatra and East Kalimantan.

Bali has recorded a total of 6,978 cases since the outbreak to rank eighth, Riau’s total stood at 3,345 in 14th place.

With the increasing number of hotspots across the archipelago, daily cases in Indonesia have been escalating significantly since late August, averaging more than 3,000 cases.

The country reported 3,737 new cases on Friday, the second-highest daily rise after a record 3,861 cases only a day earlier, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 210,940.

It reported 88 more Covid-19 deaths to take the total death toll to 8,544. 

The number of cured or discharged Covid-19 patients topped 150,000 with more than 2,700 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

However, the number of active cases of the virus also rose to just above 52,000 in all 34 provinces.

Jakarta has recorded 964 new cases in the last 24 hours, ending a five-day run when daily total exceeded 1,000.

The capital has a total of 51,635 cases as of Friday, including 1,368 deaths.

East Java added 362 more cases for a total of 37,455 and recorded the highest daily death toll, with 29 to take the total death toll to 2,717.

Central Java saw a new high in its daily total, with 566 new cases for a total of 17,074, including 1,129 deaths.

West Java joined the top four with 13,940 cases, 272 more from the previous day.

South Sulawesi has been experiencing resurgence in newly cases in the last three days, with three-digit daily total. It added 151 more cases for a total of 13,183.

That makes South Kalimantan as the only province among the nine worst-hit provinces to report a slowdown in new cases. In a span of 11 days since the start of the month, South Kalimantan has added just 864 new cases for a total of 9,152.

North Sumatra is catching up fast, from fewer than 7,000 cases on Sept. 1 to 8,241 cases on Friday.