Two medical workers inspect convalescent plasma donated by Covid-19 survivors at Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital in Jakarta on August 18, 2020. The hospital applies convalescent plasma transfusion as the treatment of Covid-19 patients. (Antara Photo/Nova Wahyudi)
Daily Rise in Indonesia Coronavirus Cases ‘Alarming’: Task Force
BY :HERU ANDRIYANTO
NOVEMBER 26, 2020
Jakarta. The surge in newly coronavirus cases is alarming after daily numbers began to reach a new level of 5,000, the National Covid-19 Task Force warned on Thursday.
Indonesia saw a new high in daily coronavirus cases yesterday while the weekly average has been climbing to set new records in four consecutive days.
“We would like to remind everyone that the daily number has passed the 5,000 mark three times this month. It has never fallen below 4,000 this whole week to reflect a growing alarm over continuing transmissions,” task force spokesman Wiku Adisasmito said in video conference.
Indonesia has recorded 4,917 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 516,753.
An additional 127 Covid patients have died, the highest daily death toll in more than a month, to take the total number of casualties to 16,352.
The percentage of deaths in proportion to overall cases is 3.2 percent, still higher than the global average of 2.4 percent, Wiku said.
The total number of active cases hit a new high with 66,752 or 12.9 percent of overall cases, against the global average of 28.4 percent, he added.
Four worst-hit provinces in Java remain the biggest contributors to the daily numbers -- their coronavirus cases combined account for around 57 percent of the national tally.
Central and West Java have added more cases month to date than their figures in the whole month of October.
Central Java has added nearly 17,000 cases since Nov. 1, against 11,477 cases it recorded in October. It has reported more than 1,000 cases in the one-day period five times this month, becoming only the second province after Jakarta to report a four-digit daily number.
The recent surge has moved Central Java to the top three of worst-affected provinces by overtaking West Java two days ago.
Central Java has a total of 50,880 cases and 2,197 deaths, also the third-highest death toll in the Indonesian outbreak.
West Java became the fourth province to pass 50,000 cases after adding 776 in the last 24 hours.
The seven-day average in Jakarta began to trend down but it has never reported fewer than 1,000 cases in the last two weeks.
Jakarta has recorded a total of 131,525 cases since the outbreak began, including 2,592 deaths.
East Java is at a distant second with a total of 60,190 cases, but it has the highest casualty toll totaling 4,275.
It has been averaging 297 cases since the beginning of the month, not even a half the average in Central Java.
Coronavirus cases in three other hotspots -- Riau, West Sumatra and East Kalimantan -- rose significantly in the 24-hour period.
West Sumatra recorded 306 new cases, its highest daily number in almost a month, to take its total to 19,251.
East Kalimantan added 222 cases for a total of 18,916, while Riau reported 206 cases to take its tally to 19,335.
The three provinces have outpaced South Sulawesi, which was hit badly by the virus much earlier but its daily average has fallen to two digits for the last two months.