A health worker speaks through a bullhorn to traders at a traditional market in Jakarta before a Covid-19 testing on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Indonesia Surpasses Singapore With Most Covid-19 Cases in Southeast Asia


JUNE 17, 2020

Jakarta. The number of Covid-19 cases in Indonesia reached a total of 41,431 on Wednesday to surpass that of Singapore for the first time since the outbreak began, making it the worst-hit nation in Southeast Asia.

Singapore reported a total of 41,216 cases on the same day, according to the global tally by US-based John Hopkins University.  

There were 1,031 new cases in Indonesia, the third consecutive day the country registered a single-day rise of above 1,000.

Southeast Asia's biggest country also reported 45 more deaths from Covid-19, bringing the total death toll to 2,276, in comparison to just 26 in Singapore.

The number of cured or discharged Covid-19 patients rose by 540 in the 24-hour period to a total of 16,243. 

Indonesia is now ranked 30th in global cases, just above Singapore.

In the region, the Philippines is the third most-affected nation with 26,781 cases, followed by Malaysia (8,505), Thailand (3,135), Vietnam (335), Myanmar (262), Brunei (141), Cambodia (128) Timor-Leste (24) and Laos (19).

The National Covid-19 Task Force said 30 of the country's 34 provinces reported new cases on Wednesday.

East Java registered the largest single-day rise with 225 cases to take the province's total to 8,533, inching ever closer to Jakarta's 9,349 cases, with 127 new cases recorded today.

Central Java saw its Covid-19 cases increase by 115 to 2,346. No other provinces reported single-day rises in the three digits in the past 24 hours.

Task force spokesman Achmad Yurianto said the number of daily Covid-19 tests is getting closer to the new target of 20,000.

"We conducted 19,757 tests in the past 24 hours, taking the total number to 559,872," Achmad said. 

However, the number of people who have been tested remains below 400,000 since a person can have multiple swabs tested for Covid-19

Meanwhile, the number of probable Covid-19 cases at hospitals stood at 13,279 and more than 42,700 people remained under surveillance for developing mild symptoms of the disease or having had contact with people who have tested positive.