A medical staff carefully takes off his protective suit after treating Covid-19 patients at a public health center (Puskesmas) in Gambir, West Jakarta, on Oct. 15, 2020. (Beritasatu Photo/Joanito De Saojoao)

Indonesia Adds 70,000 Covid Cases Month to Date


OCTOBER 17, 2020

Jakarta. Indonesia has registered 70,754 coronavirus cases since October 1, up from around 58,000 cases at this point last month, suggesting that the peak in new infections remains nowhere to be seen.

The country has now accumulated a total of 357,762 cases as of Saturday, including 12,431 deaths, according to the latest Health Ministry data. The total is an increase of 4,301 cases on yesterday’s tally.

About 77 percent of the national tally has been contributed by 10 provinces alone.

The total number of active cases stands at 63,739 or 17.8 percent of overall reported cases, with the majority of sufferers undergoing self-imposed quarantine across all 34 provinces.

At least 281,500 Covid-19 patients have been cured or discharged from hospitals, representing 78.7 percent of confirmed cases.

Most of worst-hit provinces remain unable to suppress new infections, most notably Jakarta which has been averaging over 1,000 cases since September 1. The capital city is the only province to ever report a four-digit daily total.

Jakarta has recorded 93,356 coronavirus cases since the outbreak and registered the second-highest death toll. The number of Covid-19 deaths passed the 2,000 mark in Jakarta on Saturday after 21 more patients have died in a span of 24 hours.

East Java is among a few provinces to report a slower growth in newly cases, but daily numbers remain within hundreds.

It has recorded 238 new infections in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 48,690. The total number of Covid-19 deaths in East Java is the highest in the country, totaling 3,529.

West and Central Java saw a surge in new infections when compared to the previous month.

West Java has been averaging 461 cases since the beginning of the month -- second only to Jakarta. The total number of confirmed infections in the country’s most populous province exceeded 30,000 on Saturday.

Central Java has outpaced East Java in daily numbers, with an average of 370 cases month to date, but it’s ranked fourth in the total number of cases -- 28,723. It has the third-highest death toll, with a total of 1,579 deaths.

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Coming next is South Sulawesi, which has a total of 17,352 coronavirus cases. But the province has reported much smaller daily totals compared to other provinces which have emerged as new hotspots only since last month.

They include Riau and West Sumatra which came from nowhere to join the top ten of provinces with the most cases in a span of just one and a half months, overtaking at least five provinces in the process. 

Between September 1 and today, the total number of coronavirus cases in Riau has soared from 1,924 to 11,358.

The province in the central part of Sumatra is now ranked ninth and on course for overtaking South Kalimantan (11,400 cases), East Kalimantan (11,503) and North Sumatra (11,861) in the next few weeks if the current growth continues.

Neighboring West Sumatra also has been experiencing a dramatic surge in newly cases since early last month, from around 2,200 cases to 10,700 today.

Daily numbers in West Sumatra have beaten those of East Java in the last four days and on Saturday it overtook Bali in the 10th place.

Among the 10 worst-affected provinces, only South Kalimantan and North Sumatra have seen daily average within two-digits this month.

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