A medical worker carefully removes his protective suit after treating Covid-19 patients at a public health center in Gambir, Central Jakarta on Oct. 15, 2020. (Beritasatu Photo/Joanito De Saojoao)

Indonesia Sees Lowest Daily Number of Covid Cases in Almost Two Months


OCTOBER 30, 2020

Jakarta. Indonesia recorded 2,897 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, the lowest one-day total since Sept. 1, according to the Health Ministry data. The latest number brought down the daily average to below 4,000 for the first time this month.

It’s also for the first time since Sept. 7 that the daily number of coronavirus is fewer than 3,000.

The nationwide total stands at 406,945 cases, including 13,782 deaths.

Another 4,517 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 334,295. A significant surplus in the number of cured or discharged patients reduces the total number of active cases to 58,868 from more than 60,000 the previous day.

According to the government data, 16 of 34 provinces have reported more recoveries than newly confirmed cases in the day.

The ease in new infections is mostly attributable to falling numbers in key hotspots. Jakarta, the worst-hit province in the Indonesian outbreak, reported just 612 new cases, the lowest daily total since August 20.

Still, the capital city has been averaging more than 1,000 cases since Sept. 1. This month alone, Jakarta has added 31,111 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 104,847. That represents over 25 percent of the nationwide totals.

East Java, which has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases, also reported the lowest daily number in a month, with another 222 cases for a total of 52,242.

With a total of 3,758 Covid-19 deaths, East Java is the deadliest place in the Indonesian outbreak. But the province has among the lowest percentage of active cases countrywide, totaling just 2,332 on Friday or 4.5 percent of its overall cases.

West Java registered 320 new cases, the lowest in almost two weeks, to take its total to 35,927.

Central Java comes next with a total of 33,295 cases, 195 more from yesterday.

Other hotspots like South Sulawesi, South Kalimantan, North Sumatra and Bali reported two-digit figures. South Kalimantan in particular appears to have been past its peak, averaging just 49 cases this month to drop places to tenth among worst-affected provinces. It could be overtaken by Bali in the next few days.

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But new infections won’t slow in East Kalimantan, West Sumatra and Riau.

East Kalimantan recorded 205 more cases, higher than its current average, to take its total to 13,975.

West Sumatra added 301 new cases, the third-highest rise of the day among other provinces, for a total of 14,285. It has recorded more than 8,000 cases since Oct. 1, the biggest gain after the four giant provinces in Java.

Riau has recorded 161 new cases in the 24-hour period to bring its total to 14,672, the sixth-biggest number of infections nationwide. Both Riau and West Sumatra have outpaced transmission rate in South Sulawesi -- currently in the fifth place -- by a big margin since last month and are on course for moving one place higher next month.