A health worker collects blood absorbent pads for Covid-19 diagnostic tests in Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Indonesia Reports Record-Breaking Daily Count of Coronavirus


AUGUST 27, 2020

Jakarta. Indonesia reported 2,719 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, the highest single-day rise since the outbreak, to bring the total number of confirmed cases to 162,884.

The previous high was 2,657 cases on July 9.

The total death toll passed 7,000 with another 120 Covid-19 deaths in the day, the third highest daily death toll. It's the deadliest day in the outbreak since July 22.

On a more positive note, the number of recovered Covid-19 patients has surpassed that of new infections in the last 24 hours. The country reported 3,166 recovered patients to take the total number of recoveries to 118,575. It’s only for the second time that the number of cured or discharged Covid-19 patients has exceeded 3,000.

Three worst-affected provinces saw a spike in cases while East Kalimantan emerged as new hotspot and reported its highest daily rise ever.

The surge in the national count was propelled by another daily record in Jakarta, which reported 760 new cases for a total of 36,213. The capital city has beaten its own record three times this week.

The previous high was 713 cases only a day earlier.

Jakarta has added more than 14,800 cases since the start of the month, averaging 549 cases per day.

East Java recorded 367 new cases to take its total to 31,696, while its death toll rose by 30 for a total of 2,282.

Central Java saw its highest daily rise of the month with 252 new cases, taking it total to 13,225. It suffered the highest daily death toll with 33 Covid-19 deaths for a total of 937.

Club of 10,000

West Java is the fifth province to surpass the 10,000 mark, as it reported 154 more cases to take its total to 10,002.

South Sulawesi, the other province within the grim milestone, has managed to keep daily cases within two digits for the 11th day in row. It now has a total of 11,680 cases.


Cases are also slowing down in South Kalimantan, the sixth province with the most cases. It has a total of 8,013 cases, 39 more from yesterday.

However, East Kalimantan has sounded the alarm since last month when its daily count began to surge significantly. It reported 206 new cases on Thursday, its highest daily rise since the outbreak, to take its total to 3,626, including 144 deaths.

To put it into perspective, there were only 525 confirmed cases of the virus and seven deaths in East Kalimantan on July 1. The total number of cases was already close to 1,400 by the end of that month, an increase by more than 160 percent.

North Sumatra has reported a three-digit rise for the last three days, taking its total number of cases to 6,541.

Aceh also reported more than 100 new cases for a total of 1,399.