Medical workers collect blood samples during Covid-19 diagnostic testing on staff members of the House of Representatives at the parliament building in Jakarta on August 26, 2020 (Beritasatu Photo/Ruht Semiono)

Indonesia Sees Record Number of Coronavirus Cases for Three Consecutive Days


AUGUST 29, 2020

Jakarta. Indonesia has seen a record-breaking number of coronavirus cases for the third day in a row with a dramatic 3,308 new cases on Saturday to take the country’s total to 169,195.

The daily count beats the previous high of 3,003 cases yesterday, when daily cases exceeded the 3,000 mark for the first time since the outbreak to surpass another record from the previous day.

Jakarta, East Java, West Java and East Kalimantan were the main drivers in Saturday’s surge, together contributing nearly 2,000 new cases.

Indonesia also reported 92 more Covid-19 deaths, bringing the total death toll to 7,261. 

The number of cured or discharged Covid-19 patients increased by 1,902 for a total of 122,802. Southeast Asia’s biggest country now has 39,132 active cases dispersed in all 34 provinces, most notably those on the most densely-populated island of Java.

Worst-hit Jakarta reported 861 new cases, just eight cases below its highest daily rise yesterday, bringing its total number of confirmed cases to 37,943. The capital has a total of 1,174 Covid-19 deaths, 18 more from yesterday.

It has been averaging 570 cases per day since the beginning of the month, higher than the daily average in East Java and Central Java combined.

East Java saw a new high in its daily count, with 641 new cases to take its total to 32,754. It also recorded the highest death toll in the day, with 21 more deaths for a total of 2,323.

It has added 10,665 cases month to date, averaging 368 cases per day.

Daily cases in West Java dropped to 287 from 526 yesterday, taking its total to 10,815. Although it remains in the fifth place of provinces with the most cases, West Java has outpaced Central Java throughout this month by averaging 148 cases. 

Daily cases in Central Java has been averaging 142 since August 1, bringing its total to 13,647 and placing it in a distant third after Jakarta and East Java.

South Sulawesi, which has the fourth biggest number of cases, reported just 85 new infections to extend the two-digit run for 13 days. It now has a total of 11,841 cases.

With cases averaging 83 this month, South Sulawesi will be overtaken by West Java early next month if this trend continues.

Other hotspots like South Kalimantan and North Sumatra also reported three-digit rises on Saturday.

However, the surge in South Kalimantan has been slowing so far this month with an average of 72 cases. On the other hand, the spread of coronavirus in North Sumatra has gained pace since mid-July and it remains in an upward trend.

East Kalimantan almost certainly begins to emerge as new hotspot in the Indonesian outbreak with 200 new cases on Saturday. The province had only 525 confirmed cases of the virus on July 1 but the number has now soared to more than 3,900.