Jakarta. Indonesia has added 40,901 confirmed cases of coronavirus since the start of the month to surpass China in the global ranks of affected countries and is set to top the 100,000 mark in coming days.
The July figure with still six days to go has been far above the 29,913 cases accumulated in the whole month of May, with experts suggesting the peak will not arrive before August or September.
Southeast Asia’s biggest country has recorded a total of 97,286 cases, an increase by 1,868 from the previous day. Daily cases have been averaging 1,636 in the last 25 days, meaning that Indonesia could join the current list of 23 countries with more than 100,000 cases each by Monday.
The daily death toll dropped sharply to 49 from 89 yesterday, taking the total Covid-19 deaths to 4,714 -- or 4.8 percent of the total cases. It was the lowest daily death toll in more than three weeks.
Jakarta led the national tally with 376 new cases to take its total to 18,741, including 755 deaths. No fatality was recorded in the capital city on Saturday.
Cases in worst-hit East Java topped 20,000 as it added 310 more cases. The province has a total of 20,256 cases and 1,572 deaths, 18 more from yesterday.
Central Java reported 191 new cases for a total of 8,336 cases and10 more deaths to take its total death toll to 554.
It’s closing in on South Sulawesi as the third most-affected province, which had 8,748 cases, 136 more from the previous day.
West Java, which ranks fifth among provinces with the most cases, reported just 73 new cases for a total of 5,988 cases.
Governor Ridwan Kamil claimed on Saturday transmission rate in his province was among the lowest.
“According to evaluation by the National Covid-19 Task Force, West Java as the country’s biggest province has a lower rate of the Covid-19 transmission,” the governor said.
Gorontalo province on northern Sulawesi Island saw another surge with 102 new cases to take its total to 796. It was only the second time it registered a three-digit figure since the outbreak. Five days ago, the province of 1.2 million reported its highest daily rise of 105.
The number of cured or discharged Covid-19 patients increased by 1,409 for a total of 55,354 nationwide, representing 56.9 percent of the total cases. It was the lowest number of daily recoveries since July 16.
Overall, the country still has to deal with 37,218 active cases.