President Joko Widodo, second from left, accompanied by Istiqlal Grand Mosque Imam Nasaruddin Umar, third from left, State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir, left, Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto, second from right, and Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi, right, look on as health officials spray disinfectant inside the mosque in Central Jakarta on Friday. (B1 Photo/Joanito De Saojoao)

Indonesia's Covid-19 Cases Jump to 69 With Four Deaths


MARCH 13, 2020

Jakarta. The Indonesian government announced on Friday four Covid-19 patients have died as the number of confirmed cases in the country jumped to 69, an increase of 35 cases over the last two days.

Achmad Yurianto, the government's spokesman on the coronavirus outbreak, said the fatalities included three women and a man aged between 37 and 59 years old.

Among them is a foreign citizen, identified as Patient 25, who died on Wednesday and became the first Covid-19 casualty in Indonesia.

The second victim was a 57-year-old woman, known as Patient 35, who was treated with a ventilator when she was admitted to hospital.

"We did not test her for Covid-19 when she came in as her conditions deteriorated very rapidly. She died the day she was admitted [to the hospital]," Achmad said. He declined to say which hospital the woman was taken to. 

The third casualty was also a woman aged 37, known as Patient 36. She was admitted to the Sulianti Saroso Hospital in Jakarta already in severe condition and needing ventilator support, he said. 

"Results from her specimen test came back positive [for Covid-19]," Achmad said. 

The fourth fatality was a man, aged 59, known as Patient 50, he said. 

Achmad added that as of Friday afternoon, the number of confirmed cases had grown to 

At least five patients have recovered and been discharged from the hospital or quarantine facilities.

The government has instructed them to self-isolate for another 14 days, Achmad said.