Medical workers and patients exercise at a makeshift Covid-19 isolation facility in Tangerang. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Indonesia Sees Dramatic Surge in Covid-19 Recoveries 


AUGUST 24, 2020

Jakarta. The number of cured or discharged Covid-19 patients in Indonesia hit a new high on Monday with 3,560 recoveries in the last 24 hours, the first time since the outbreak it crossed the 3,000 mark.

The previous daily record was 2,366 recovered patients on July 28.

The dramatic surge brought the total number of recovered patients to 111,060 or 71.5 percent of the total cases. It’s also the fourth day in a row that daily recoveries beat the number of new cases.

The country reported 1,877 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Monday, the lowest in six days, to take its total to 155,412, including 6,759 deaths.

Jakarta shared an overwhelming majority of today’s recovery rate with nearly 1,900 recovered patients, while Papua adding 400 more.

However, the capital city also reported the biggest daily caseload with 633 new cases for a total of 34,103. It has been leading the national daily count since August 6.

East Java came second with 320 new cases to take the province’s total to 30,635, but it again saw the highest daily death toll. It reported 23 more Covid-19 deaths in the 24-hour period, bringing its total death toll to 2,195.

East Java has been averaging 356 cases per day since the beginning of the month, in comparison to Jakarta’s 529.

Central Java registered 152 more cases for a total of 12,628 in a distant third. The province has added more than 3,100 cases month to date, but it seemed to have passed its peak. At this point of time last month, Central Java already had collected around 4,000 cases.

The daily average of new cases in South Sulawesi has declined to a two-digit figure this month, although it remains as the fourth worst-affected province.

West Java meanwhile reported 137 new cases to take its total to 9,420.