Funeral service workers bury the body of a suspected Covid-19 patient at Tegal Alur public cemetery in West Jakarta on March 26. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Death Toll From Coronavirus in Indonesia Sees Highest Spike 

BY :DINA FITRI ANISA, YUSTINUS PAAT

APRIL 14, 2020

Jakarta. The Indonesian government reported 60 deaths from coronavirus on Tuesday, the highest rise in a day in the country so far, to bring the total death toll to 459.

Among the dead are 44 medical workers, an association has said.

The number of new confirmed cases was down slightly to 282, after the country saw 300 or more cases over the last three days.

The total confirmed cases have now reached 4,839, mostly occurring in Greater Jakarta.

The government has expanded the large-scale social restriction from Jakarta to its satellite cities in neighboring West Java and Banten, but commuter trains and buses continue to operate between these cities.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan admitted people's movement into the capital remains high despite the restriction, as many companies ignored the call to furlough their employees.

"Many people still come to Jakarta because their companies have not reduced their activities or told them to work from home. A lot of people remain working in office buildings in the city," Anies said at City Hall.

He said commuters packed trains from Bogor and Depok to Jakarta over the past two days, ignoring the restriction that has been in place since Friday.

"As long as companies in Jakarta refuse to restrict their activities, those commuters will continue to come. It's not because they want to come, but because their companies disobey the restriction," he said.

The city government will inspect non-essential businesses still operating in the capital and may slap sanctions on them, Anies said.

According to the gubernatorial regulation, only certain businesses are allowed to operate during the social restriction, including those in the food, energy and health sectors.

"We plan to deliver stern measures, including evaluating their business licenses. Any repeat offender will have its license revoked. We don't want that to happen so we call on them again to follow the rules," Anies said.

Deaths Among Health Workers

The Pharmacy and Health Reform Labor Union (Serikat Pekerja Farmasi dan Kesehatan Reformasi) claimed 32 doctors and 12 nurses have died from coronavirus and called for sufficient supplies of personal protective equipment. 

Union chairman Idris Idham said after 40 days on the frontline to fight the Covid-19 outbreak, medical workers have fallen victims due to a lack of protection from the government.

"During a pandemic, health workers prove to be a key element of the battle against it. They must understand their rights as workers," Idris said.

The government has not released the latest data on casualties among health workers.

Separately, Covid-19 Task Force head Doni Monardo said his team had distributed 13 million surgical masks and 150,000 N-95 respirators to health workers since the pandemic began. 

The task force has also distributed at least 725,000 PPE units, but the items were to specified.
 

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