A medical worker at Pelindo Husada Citra's biomoluculer lab for coronavirus screening in Surabaya, East Java, on May 12. (Antara Photo/Moch. Asim)

Indonesia Reports 609 New Coronavirus Cases, East Java Closes In on Jakarta

JUNE 02, 2020

Jakarta. Indonesia's confirmed cases of coronavirus increased by 609 in the past 24 hours to a total of 27,549, including 1,663 deaths and 7,935 recoveries, the National Covid-19 Task Force announced on Tuesday.

East Java, the current epicenter of the outbreak in the country, registered the most cases in the day to close in on Jakarta, still the hardest hit by Covid-19.

Task force spokesman Achmad Yurianto said East Java had reported 213 new cases, while only 60 new cases were detected in Jakarta.

Papua surprisingly came second in the daily figure with 94 new cases. With a population of only around 3.3 million people, the easternmost province now has a total of 819 cases and is closing in on Banten (883 cases) who has a population of 11.8 million.

"Today's overall figure doesn't represent conditions in the entire country," he said, noting that while several provinces emerged as new hotspots, a lot more have been able to flatten the curve.

"Four provinces registered just one case in the day, and eleven provinces reported zero," he said.

As of Tuesday, Jakarta has identified more coronavirus cases than any other province with 7,541, followed by East Java with 5,135 cases.

Since East Java overtook West Java to become the second-most affected province on May 10, it has reduced the gap in Covid-19 cases with Jakarta from 3,688 to 2,406.

This means that since then, East Java has identified 1,282 more coronavirus cases than Jakarta to emerge as the outbreak's new epicenter.

There are also concerns that East Java is failing to keep the mortality rate from Covid-19 under control.

There have been 418 deaths from coronavirus-related diseases in the province and only 699 recoveries, compared to Jakarta's 518 deaths and 2,399 recoveries.

West Java is third in the overall tally with 2,314 cases, followed by South Sulawesi (1,630), Central Java (1,432) and South Sumatra (1,019).

This is the first time South Sumatra has surpassed the 1,000-case mark.