A health worker takes a swab sample from a woman during a Covid-19 testing in Depok, West Java, on Thursday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Indonesia's Coronavirus Cases Top 10,000


APRIL 30, 2020

Jakarta. The number of Covid-19 cases in Indonesia hit the grim milestone of 10,000 on Thursday as more districts and municipalities confirm the presence of coronavirus in their territory.

According to data from the National Covid-19 Task Force, there were 347 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours to bring the total to 10,118.

The cumulative figure includes 792 deaths and 1,522 recoveries.

Spokesman Achmad Yurianto said 310 districts and municipalities across Indonesia have reported confirmed cases, indicating the outbreak has now reached roughly 75 percent of all districts and cities in the country.

Patients aged between 30 and 59 make up 54 percent of the total cases, while older people between 60 and 79 years old make up 16 percent, he said.

"The figure shows the majority of Covid-19 patients are highly mobile people at productive age," Achmad said.

He added 15 percent of patients are between 15 and 29 years old. 

"Toddlers and infants account for 0.6 percent of the cases, patients above 80 years old also make up less than 1 percent," Achmad said.

Jakarta, the epicenter of the outbreak in Indonesia, has 4,175 cases, up by 83 from yesterday.

"Until today 2,077 patients remain in hospitals and 1,268 are self-isolating at home," Fify Mulyani, the city's head of public health office, said on Thursday.

Jakarta has tested more than 77,600 residents for Covid-19 and four percent of the results came back positive, she said.

The government has urged regional administrations to intensify travel restriction and physical distancing measures, especially in urban areas.

The task force said the outbreak's epicenter could move from Greater Jakarta to Semarang in Central Java, Surabaya in East Java or Makassar in South Sulawesi unless their administrations take stern measures to restrict gatherings and travels.