A health worker takes blood sample during a rapid testing for coronavirus at a cigarette factory in Madiun, East Java, on May 27. (Antara Photo/Siswowidodo)

East Java Continues to Add Pace to Indonesia's Coronavirus Infections


JUNE 08, 2020

Jakarta. East Java was the biggest contributor to Indonesia's new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Monday, accounting for 43 percent of 847 cases nationwide in the past 24 hours.

Indonesia now has a total of 32,033 coronavirus cases, including 1,883 deaths and 10,904 recoveries.

East Java reported 365 new cases on Monday, almost triple from the previous day, to take the province's total to 6,313. 

It's closing in on Jakarta's overall tally of 8,121 cases, 89 more from yesterday.

This is the first time since the outbreak began in early March that the gap in cases between East Java and Jakarta – the hardest hit by the outbreak – has narrowed below 2,000.

The number of Covid-19 deaths in East Java has almost matched the capital city's, 502 against 529, but Jakarta has more than double the number of patients who have recovered from the disease. 

Jakarta has 3,206 recovered patients, compared to 1,499 in East Java.

South Sulawesi, another hotspot of the Indonesian outbreak, reported 110 new cases, the second-highest rise in the day, to bring its total cases to 2,014.

South Sulawesi is fourth in the number of coronavirus cases after West Java, separated by 410 cases on Monday. 

However, the coronavirus case-to-population ratio in South Sulawesi is much higher.

South Sulawesi has a population of around 9 million, against West Java's – the most densely populated province in Indonesia – 49 million people.

South Kalimantan reported 62 new cases to take its total tally to 1,347 cases, the sixth-largest countrywide after Central Java.

Last week, President Joko Widodo told the National Covid-19 Task Force and the Health Ministry to keep a close eye on the rapidly increasing pace of coronavirus transmissions in East Java, South Sulawesi and South Kalimantan.