Covid-19 patients exercise at an isolation facility in Tangerang, Baten. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Indonesia Sees Record Number of Daily Recoveries from Covid-19
BY :HERU ANDRIYANTO & YUSTINUS PAAT
JULY 28, 2020
Jakarta. The number of recovered Covid-19 patients in Indonesia reached a new high on Tuesday, with 2,366 recoveries to take the country’s total to 60,539. The previous record was 2,133 recoveries on July 19.
It's for the fifth time since the outbreak that daily recoveries outnumbered new cases. New confirmed cases of the virus have increased by 1,748 for a total of 102,051 in the last 24 hours.
The daily death toll from the virus rose by 63 to a total of 4,901 nationwide, accounting for 4.8 percent of confirmed cases overall.
Jakarta led the national daily count with 409 cases, its third highest daily rise so far, taking its tally to just five cases away from 20,000. The capital has recorded a total of 784 Covid-19 deaths, 15 more from yesterday.
The capital city has seen new clusters of infection at government and business offices in recent weeks.
Dwi Oktavia, the head of the city’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said there have been nearly 400 cases from government and business offices in the last three weeks.
According to data from the city’s Health Department, state-owned mining company Antam reported the highest number of cases by a single institution with 68 cases.
The Finance Ministry, the Education Ministry, the Jakarta Traffic Police, and pharmaceutical firm Bio Farma have reported between 20 and 25 cases each from their premises.
Even the Health Department itself reported at least 18 confirmed cases among its employees.
Dwi said the data were compiled until July 26 and many of the premises no longer had active cases.
"Therefore we need contact tracing to identify positive cases and isolate them, so that we can break the cycle of the virus," Dwi said.
Infection rate was not slowing in East Java either. It registered 313 more cases for a total of 21,125, and 22 more deaths, the highest number of fatalities from the virus on Tuesday, to take its total death toll to 1,630.
Central Java added 185 new infection cases and eight deaths, closing in on South Sulawesi as the third most affected province.
Central Java has a total of 8,807 Covid-19 cases, in comparison to South Sulawesi’s 9,123 cases. Two months ago, South Sulawesi had over 2,000 more cases than Central Java.
Central Java’s death toll from the virus is already the third highest nationwide, totaling 582 on Tuesday.
West Java recorded 128 new cases, the first time in a week its daily cases hit a three-digit figure.
But it also had the highest daily number of recoveries, with 627 cured Covid-19 patients. Indonesia’s most populous province has a total of 6,218 cases, of which around 2,600 are active cases.