Jakarta. The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Indonesia exceeded the 3 million mark on Thursday amid a dramatic surge in new infections and record-breaking daily death toll attributed to the highly transmissible Delta strain.
The grim milestone arrived after the country recorded 49,509 cases in the past 24 hours to take its total to 3.03 million, according to government figures.
A further 1,449 people have died from Covid-19 in the 24-hour period to set a new record in the daily death toll for the third day in a row.
Indonesia has recorded 79,032 Covid-related deaths since the pandemic started. The past week has been the deadliest period in the Indonesian outbreak with daily fatality number topping 1,000 since July 16.
“We cannot tolerate this anymore. This is more than just statistics, we are talking about family members, relatives, friends and loved ones who have left us,” National Covid-19 Task Force spokesman Wiku Adisasmito said.
Only 14 countries in the world have exceeded 3 million Covid-19 cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Indonesia has recorded more Covid-19 deaths than Turkey, which has registered a total of 50,709 deaths from 5.6 million cases.
There are currently 561,384 active cases of coronavirus across the country, mostly in the main island of Java.
The epicenter has been gradually shifting from the national capital of Jakarta to West Java, the country’s biggest province by population. Five cities and districts in West Java belong to Greater Jakarta area due to their proximity and it is those places that have the biggest share of the provincial tally.
West Java added 10,499 new cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to 536,755. Jakarta registered 7,058 cases and it remains the province with the biggest tally, with atotal of 763,426 cases or 25.6 percent of national figures.
Southeast Asia’s biggest country has administered more than 60 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine with 16.4 million people already fully vaccinated to date.