Medical staff and Covid-19 patients exercise in the courtyard of a quarantine facility in Tangerang, Banten, on May 28. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Indonesia's Coronavirus Cases Hit Two-Week High, Recoveries Set New Record


JUNE 05, 2020

Jakarta. Indonesia reported 703 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Friday, the highest single-day rise since May 23, to bring the country's total to 29,521.

A record number of patients recovered from the disease in the 24-hour period, a total of 553, beating the previous high of 523 on May 30.

A total of 9,443 patients have now recovered, or 32 percent of the total coronavirus cases.

The National Covid-19 Task Force also reported 49 deaths from Covid-19, taking the total death toll to 1,770.

It was the fourth most deadly day since the outbreak began – the highest single-day death toll was 60 on April 14. 

East Java reported 141 new cases in the 24-hour period to emerge with the most cases among all provinces. Jakarta, the hardest hit by the virus, was second with 76 cases.

The capital city has a total of 7,766 cases, including 524 deaths and 2,751 recoveries. East Java is second with 5,549 cases, 446 deaths and 1,207 recoveries.

East Java is the current epicenter of the outbreak, registering 274 more cases than Jakarta in the past week.

Southeast Asia's biggest country began phased reopening this week, starting with worship places.

Mosques across cities held the congregational Friday prayer for the first time since large-scale restrictions were imposed between late April and early May.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo joined the congregation at a mosque inside the State Palace precinct with strict health protocols being applied, including physical distancing.

Capacity at the Baiturrahim Mosque near the palace was reduced to 150 from 750.

Indonesian Muslims perform congregational Friday prayer by applying safe distance at a Jakarta mosque on June 5, 2020. The mosque reopens after nearly two months amid the Covid-19 outbreak. (Photo courtesy of National Disaster Mitigation Agency)
Physical distancing at a congregational Friday prayer in a Jakarta mosque on June 5. Mosques in the capital reopen today for the first time after nearly two months of large-scale social restrictions. (Photo courtesy of National Disaster Mitigation Agency)