A health worker conducts medical checkup on a homeless man in East Jakarta on May 1, 2020. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Coronavirus Cases in Indonesia Soar by 2,300, Jakarta's Total Tops 20,000

BY :HERU ANDRIYANTO

JULY 29, 2020

Jakarta. Daily new cases in Indonesia soared by 2,381 on Wednesday to take the country's total to 104,432, as Jakarta reported its highest daily rise to hit a sad milestone of 20,000 cases.

It's only for the second time daily total in Indonesia exceeded 2,000. The country saw a dramatic daily surge with 2,657 cases on July 9.

The death toll in the highly contagious disease increased by 74 to 4,975, while 1,599 more patients have recovered in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 62,138, according to the National Covid-19 Task Force.

Jakarta recorded 577 new cases, the capital city's highest daily total since the outbreak, to take its overall tally to 20,572 cases. The figure includes 798 deaths, 14 more from yesterday.

The news came a day after Wiku Adisasmito, the lead expert with the task force, said Jakarta has been regarded as a high-risk zone where the outbreak is still spreading at unprecedented rate.

East Java added 359 new cases in the day to take its total to 21,484. No other provinces have accumulated more than 10,000 cases.

With 33 more Covid-19 deaths, East Java had the highest daily death toll and extended its lead in the national tally with 1,663, more than double the death toll in second-place Jakarta.

However, Jakarta has more active cases than East Java, 7,160 against 6,202.

Central Java was the last province to report more than 300 cases. It now has a total of 9,120 cases and is set to surpass South Sulawesi (9,251) as the third most-affected province in the outbreak within the next few days.

North Sumatra also reached a new daily high with 241 new cases of the virus to take its total to 3,759. 

Gorontalo in the northern part of Sulawesi Island has been experiencing a surge in cases in the past week, adding another 102 cases on Wednesday to take its total to 957. It reported a spike of more than 400 percent in the last seven days compared to the previous week.

Gorontalo and East Nusa Tenggara were the last provinces to report their first Covid-19 cases back in April.

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