Medical workers wait for the arrival of a ship to carry out rapid screening for coronavirus on crew members at Boom Baru Port in Palembang, South Sumatera, on May 28, 2020.(Antara Photo/Feny Selly)

Indonesia’s Coronavirus Cases Top 40,000


JUNE 17, 2020

Jakarta. Confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in Indonesia increased significantly by 1,106 on Tuesday, the third highest single-day spike since the outbreak, to take country’s total to 40,400.

The total figure included 2,231 deaths, 33 more from yesterday. The number of patients recovering from Covid-19 stood at 580 in the 24-hour period, bringing the total number of cured patients to 15,703. 

The rate of transmission has been gaining pace since June 9, when daily cases crossed 1,000 for the first time. Tuesday’s figure was the sixth time daily cases surpassed that mark.

Furthermore, the period it takes to accumulate 10,000 cases or more is getting shorter and shorter. 

It took 60 days for the country to hit the 10,000 mark, and only 21 days later the number of cases nationwide has surpassed 20,000. In the next 16 days, the figure has crossed 30,000. 

The current sad milestone was reached within just 10 days.

East Java again reported the highest daily rise with 245 cases to take the province’s total to 8,308. For the first time, its gap from worst-hit Jakarta fell below 1,000 cases.

The capital city has 9,223 cases, an increase by 101 from a day earlier.

Hotspots like South Sulawesi and South Kalimantan also reported three-digit rise in the day. 

South Sulawesi has 175 more cases to a total of 3,116, further extending its lead over West Java on the fourth place with 2,662 cases.

Combined Covid-19 cases in Jakarta, East Java and South Sulawesi account for more than 50 percent of the national tally.

South Kalimantan reported 169 new cases to a total of 2,122.

It’s worth noting that with fewer than 260 recovered Covid-19 patients, South Kalimantan (population 4.3 million) has recorded more active cases than West Java (population 49 million) and Central Java (population 32.5 million).