A paramedic in hazmat suit reports to front desk officials at the Covid-19 makeshift hospital in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, as he delivers a new patient on Nov. 25, 2020. (Antara Photo /Wahyu Putro)
Indonesia Reports New High in Daily Coronavirus Cases
BY :HERU ANDRIYANTO
NOVEMBER 25, 2020
Jakarta. Indonesia recorded 5,534 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, the highest single-day rise since the outbreak began.
The previous one-day record was 5,444 cases reported on Nov. 13.
The country now has accumulated a total of 511,536 cases, including 16,225 deaths, according to the latest data from the Health Ministry.
Daily numbers have been averaging 4,070 cases since Nov. 1, meaning that Indonesia has added more than 101,000 cases month to date.
The total number of active cases stands at 65,804, representing 12.9 percent of the overall cases.
Jakarta and Central Java were the main contributors to the surge, each reporting more than 1,000 cases.
The capital city, home to 25 percent of overall cases nationwide, has added 1,273 cases in the last 24 hours for a total 130,461, including 2,578 deaths. Its seven-day average climbs to 1,235 to set another record.
Central Java becomes the third province to pass the 50,000 mark after adding another 1,008 cases. It began to report a four-digit daily number two weeks ago and overtook West Java as the third province with the most cases yesterday. It has added more than 16,400 cases month to date.
Central Java also has recorded the third-highest death toll in the Indonesian outbreak, with a total of 2,162 coronavirus-related deaths as of Wednesday.
West Java reported 741 cases to take its total to 49,706, averaging 535 cases since the start of the month.
East Java, which has the second-highest total number of cases nationally, registered 402 cases for a total of 59,800.
It again reported the highest daily death toll with 34 on Wednesday, twice as many Covid deaths as in Jakarta on the same day. In total, 4,249 Covid patients have died in the province since the outbreak began.
Combined cases from the four provinces in the country’s most crowded island of Java have accounted for 57 percent of the overall confirmed coronavirus cases nationwide.
Other hotspots like Riau, West Sumatra, East Kalimantan and Banten also reported three-digit figures of newly coronavirus cases.
West Sumatra registered 260 new cases in a highly fluctuating week to take its total to 18,944.
Riau added 236 cases, bringing its total number of confirmed cases to 19,129.
The two neighboring provinces in Sumatra are ranked sixth and seventh, respectively, among worst-affected provinces but they have been outpacing South Sulawesi in the sixth place in the last two months.
Both will overtake South Sulawesi early next month if the current trend continues.
East Kalimantan has added 4,603 cases since the beginning of the month, more than the number of new cases in Riau and West Sumatra in the same period. It now has a total of 18,694 cases.
Banten has been averaging 148 cases in the past week to bring its total number of cases to 12,078. A neighbor to Jakarta, Banten has added the pace to new infections to get closer to the top ten of worst-hit provinces.