A visitor takes a rapid screening for Coronavirus at a shopping mall in Semarang, Central Java, on May 20, 2020. (Antara Photo/Aji Styawan)

Indonesia Adds Nearly 12,000 Coronavirus Cases in Past Week


JULY 12, 2020

Jakarta. Indonesia has passed yet another toughest week in the Covid-19 outbreak with 11,950 more confirmed cases and 435 deaths, the highest ever by seven-day average.

Coronavirus cases in the country now totaled 75,699, increasing by 1,681 on Sunday. The past week has seen two highest single-day rises, including Thursday’s record when daily cases topped 2,000 for the first time in Indonesia.


The death toll increased by 71 on Sunday, the second highest daily Covid-19 deaths, to a total of 3,606.

Worst-hit East Java remains unable to slow down the transmission, with 518 cases to take its total to 16,658. Twenty more Covid-19 patients have died in the province in the last 24 hours, bringing its total death toll to 1,208.

The resurgence in Jakarta also continued with 404 new cases on Sunday, taking its total to 14,517. The capital city has a total of 691 Covid-19 deaths, ten more from yesterday.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said most of coronavirus cases in the city have involved asymptomatic persons. 

"I must remind everyone that 66 percent of cases are asymptomatic, people who don’t realize that they have contracted the virus,” he said in a video message. 

“They don’t know they have the virus until medical workers from the Public Health Center come and do the testing.”

Meanwhile, South Sulawesi added 173 cases to a total of 6,973, including 223 deaths.

Central Java has 5,473 cases overall in the fourth place, but with higher death toll, 240.

Daily cases in West Java seemed to have slowed after it reported more than 900 cases on Thursday. The country’s biggest province registered just 50 new cases on Sunday, taking its total to 5,077.

Easternmost province Papua has 63 new cases in the day and it now has 2,267 cases.

The remaining provinces reported 50 or fewer cases, with five having none.

The number of cured Covid-19 patients jumped by 919 to a total of 35,638, or 47.1 percent of the total cases. The country now has 36,455 active cases overall.