Two medical workers inspect convalescent plasma donated by Covid-19 survivors at Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital in Jakarta on August 18, 2020. The hospital applies convalescent plasma transfusion as the treatment of Covid-19 patients. (Antara Photo/Nova Wahyudi)
Indonesia Reports Over 4,000 Coronavirus Cases amid Surge in Central and West Java
BY :HERU ANDRIYANTO
NOVEMBER 12, 2020
Jakarta. The daily number of coronavirus cases in Indonesia is climbing to the level in late September when the country reached its first peak.
Indonesia added 4,173 cases on Thursday for a total of 452,291 as the virus is spreading faster in Central and West Java.
The figure includes 14,933 deaths, an increase of 97 on the death toll a day earlier.
The total number of active cases stands at 55,274 or 12.2 percent of the overall cases.
The country commemorated the National Health Day in this grim situation on Thursday, with Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto dedicating the event to the 168 doctors and 114 nurses who have died while battling the pandemic.
While daily coronavirus cases in two worst-affected provinces of Jakarta and East Java appear to reach a plateau, Central and West Java have added speed to new infections.
The seven-day average in both provinces has passed 500 in the last four days, which for Central Java is more than double its average at this point last month.
Jakarta remains the biggest contributor to the national tally, but its seven-day average has been down to around 800 from more than 1,000 last month.
The capital city has recorded 831 new cases in the last 24 hours to take its total to 115,174, including 2,412 deaths.
The total number of confirmed cases in Jakarta is twice as many as those in East Java, which is ranked second with a total of 55,575 cases as of Thursday.
However, East Java ahs the highest number of Covid-19 deaths, totaling 3,970.
West Java is closing in on East Java with a total of 42,572 cases, 733 more from yesterday. Both provinces were separated by more than 21,000 cases in early October, but the gap has now been reduced to 13,000.
West Java also has the highest number of active cases on more than 9,700, in comparison to Jakarta’s 6,600.
Central Java comes next with a total of 39,788 cases and 1,918 deaths. It has the most drastic surge among the four provinces in the last few weeks.
East Kalimantan, which is being touted by President Joko Widodo as the soon-to-be national capital replacing Jakarta, is the only province outside the big four to report an uptick in newly cases.
Its seven-day average spikes to 205 from 166 last week, bringing the total number of cases to 16,384. East Kalimantan has recently overtaken Riau in the seventh place of provinces with the most cases.
Riau and West Sumatra still report three-digit daily totals but are at smaller number than they were last month.
Other hotspots like South Sulawesi, South Kalimantan, North Sumatra and Bali manage to keep their seven-day average below three digits.