The Pondok Ranggon public cemetery in East Jakarta has been designated for Covid-19 victims and is running out of space. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Indonesia’s Covid-19 Deaths Hit 2,000

BY :HERU ANDRIYANTO

JUNE 11, 2020

Jakarta. The death toll from coronavirus infection in Indonesia stood at 2,000 on Thursday, 41 more from the previous day, as confirmed cases continued to increase at unprecedented rate.

The government counts Covid-19 deaths only from positive cases confirmed by lab test results, excluding probable cases although thousands more of deceased patients have been buried under the Covid-19 procedure across the country.

Worst-hit provinces Jakarta and East Java account for 54 percent of the death toll countrywide. For the first time, East Java had more Covid-19 deaths than the capital city, 553 against 537.

Southeast Asia’s biggest country saw 979 new cases in the 24-hour period to take the country’s total to 35,295. 

Thursday’s increase was down from the highest daily spike of 1,241 yesterday, but it remained the fourth highest single-day rise since first cases were detected in early March.

Daily cases hit the 1,000 mark for the first time on Tuesday.

The number of cured Covid-19 patients increased by 507 to a total of 12,636.

East Java, the current epicenter of the Indonesian outbreak, recorded 297 new cases in the day, the highest among other provinces. 

It now has 7,103 cases overall and is getting closer to Jakarta on the top. The national capital has 8,650 cases in total, 128 more from yesterday. 

South Sulawesi reported 141 new cases to bring its total to 2,524, closing in on West Java on the third place with 2,551 cases. South Sulawesi is the only province outside Java island to have registered more than 2,000 cases.

It has a population of 9 million people, in comparison to West Java's 49 million people.

The coronavirus outbreak has affected the country’s all 34 provinces and 82 percent of 514 districts and cities.

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