A Covid-19 survivor donates his blood at the Indonesia Red Cross office in Surabaya, East Java, on Sept. 18, 2020. Doctors are using blood plasma from survivors as therapy for critical Covid-19 patients. (Antara Photo/M Risyal Hidayat)

Indonesia Sees Record Number of Cured Covid-19 Patients


SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

Jakarta. The number of cured or discharged Covid-19 patients in Indonesia has passed 4,000 in the last 24 hours to set a new record of one-day recoveries since the outbreak.

The country reported 4,088 recovered patients on Friday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 170,774 or 72.2 percent of total confirmed cases.

The previous record was 3,560 recoveries on August 24.

However, the number of new cases of the virus reached the second-highest daily total due to escalating caseloads in four worst-affected provinces on Java Island and the emergence of new hotspots like Riau, Banten and Aceh. 

The country added 3,891 confirmed cases of the virus for a total of 236,519, including 9,336 deaths. 

Jakarta reported 1,258 new cases to take its total to 59,840 and registered 22 Covid-19 deaths to bring the total death toll to 1,517. 

The capital has been averaging 1,097 cases since the beginning of the month and is now home to 25 percent of infection cases across the country.

East Java added 485 new cases, the highest in 20 days, to take its total to just below 40,000. It remains the deadliest place in the Indonesian outbreak with 26 more Covid-19 deaths, taking its total death toll to 2,922.

Central Java registered 198 cases for a total of 18,942, including 1,203 deaths. Only three provinces have passed 1,000 Covid-19 deaths since the outbreak.

Newly cases are also surging in West Java, the fourth most affected province, with daily average of 270 cases this month against 146 in August. It added 341 more cases on Friday for a total of 15,925.

The most dramatic surge in cases is occurring in Riau, which has added more than 2,800 cases month-to-date.

The province in the central part of Sumatra had only three confirmed cases of the virus when the outbreak began in March. The total number of cases grew slowly to 38 in April, to 76 in May, to 109 in June, and to 208 in July, until it began to gain the pace and reached 1,200 in the end of August. By Friday, Riau has recorded a total of 4,687 cases.

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Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra Island, is also experiencing a dramatic surge in newly cases. From its total 3,352 cases as of Friday, more than a half have come during September alone.

Banten, just southwest of the epicenter in Jakarta, began reported three-digit daily total earlier this week.

Other hotspots like North Sumatra, Bali and East Kalimantan have reported an equal daily average of around 130 this month, with Bali seeing a decline.

South Sulawesi has seen resurgence in newly cases and averaged 114 cases per day. It has a total of 14,026 cases to rank fifth among the most-affected provinces.