Medical workers take blood samples for coronavirus diagnostic tests in Central Jakarta. (Beritasatu Photo/Ruht Semiono)
Indonesia Coronavirus Cases Head into New Peak
BY :HERU ANDRIYANTO
NOVEMBER 20, 2020
Jakarta. The seven-day average of newly coronavirus infections hit a new high on Thursday as Indonesia is heading into a second peak of the outbreak.
The country has been averaging 4,461 cases in the past week, surpassing the previous high of 4,379 on Sept. 26.
A number of key hotspots like Jakarta, East Java, Central Java and Riau have seen resurgence in newly cases after reporting a steady decline two weeks ago.
Indonesia has recorded 4,798 new cases in the 24-hour period to take its total to 483,518, including 15,600 deaths.
East Java sees an uptick in newly cases, adding more than 900 cases in the last two days alone for a total of 57,662 cases. Its current seven-day average is the highest in one and a half months.
The virus has killed 4,084 people in the province since the outbreak began -- the highest casualty toll nationwide.
Jakarta remains the hardest hit by the outbreak with a total of 123,003 cases, an increase of 1,185 on its total a day earlier. Daily cases in the capital city have been exceeding 1,000 for the last seven days.
It has the second-highest death toll, totaling 2,478 Covid-19 deaths.
The surge has been slowing in Central Java since it set a new record of 1,362 cases in a single day a week ago. However, it still averages 850 cases this week, second only to Jakarta.
Central Java is ranked fourth after West Java with a total of 45,739 confirmed cases of the virus and is third in coronavirus death toll with a total of 2,088 deaths.
Dramatic Surge in Riau
Riau has seen the most dramatic surge in the last three days, surpassing East Kalimantan and West Sumatra on Thursday to move to the sixth place of provinces with the most cases.
It added 688 new cases yesterday, its highest single-day rise since the outbreak, to take its total to 17,987. Its seven-day average jumps to 260 from 178 the previous day.
Neighboring West Sumatra comes next with a total of 17,903 cases, followed by East Kalimantan (17,728), North Sumatra (14,676) and Bali (12,857).
South Sulawesi has the biggest number of confirmed cases outside the most-densely populated island of Java, amounting to 19,606 on Thursday. However, its seven-day average has fallen below 100 since Oct. 20 and its share in the nationwide tally has been declining significantly with surging cases in Riau, West Sumatra and East Kalimantan.