A health worker takes blood sample from a worker for rapid screening of coronavirus at a cigarette factory in Madiun, East Java, on May 27, 2020. (Antara Photo/Siswowidodo)

Indonesia Daily Coronavirus Cases Exceed 3,000 for First Time


AUGUST 28, 2020

Jakarta. Indonesia saw a new high in its daily coronavirus cases on Friday with 3,003 more cases for a total of 165,887, as worst-affected provinces reported a spike including another highest single-day rise in Jakarta.

It’s for the first time in the country that new cases hit the 3,000 mark in a single day, driven mainly by four provinces on the most densely-populated island of Java.

The new record came only a day after it reported the highest single-day rise of 2,719 cases.

Southeast Asia’s biggest country has added more than 57,500 cases since the beginning of the month, averaging more than 2,000 cases per day.

The death toll rose by 105 -- the second day in a row the country saw three-digit Covid-19 deaths — bringing the total death toll to 7,169.

Jakarta reported yet another highest single-day rise with 869 new cases. It’s for the third day in a row the capital reported record-breaking daily cases.

Jakarta has a total of 37,082 cases, more than any other provinces, including 1,156 deaths. It has been averaging 560 cases per day since August 1.

That means that Jakarta alone has contributed more than a quarter of the national daily counts throughout this month.

Governor Anies Baswedan has decided to extend the so-called transition period — which allows businesses to reopen at half of their manpower — for another 14 days due to surging cases in the capital.

West Java saw a dramatic surge of 526 new cases, bringing its total number of coronavirus cases to 10,528. It was the highest single-day spike since July 9, when isolated mass infections at a military academy lifted the number of daily cases in the province to a staggering 962.

East Java has added 417 new cases and 20 Covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing its total number of cases to 32,113, including 2,302 deaths.

Central Java recorded the highest daily death toll with 28 more deaths for a total of 965. Confirmed cases of the virus in the province increased by 242 to 13,467.

The four were the only provinces to report a three-digit rise of cases in the day yet in an amount big enough to trigger a national record.

South Sulawesi remains the fourth most-affected province with a total of 11,756 cases, but the surge has been slowing since early this month. If the current trend continues, South Sulawesi will be overtaken by West Java next month.