Funeral service workers lower the coffin of a Covid-19 victim at a public cemetery in East Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Indonesia’s Covid-19 Deaths Surpass 1,000


MAY 12, 2020

Jakarta. The Indonesian government reported on Tuesday the number of deaths from coronavirus-related diseases rose to 1,007, as 16 more patients have died in the 24-hour period.

The National Covid-19 Task Force only included deaths from positive cases confirmed by specimen tests using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method at laboratories. Deaths from probable cases aren’t included, despite a lot more having been buried under the Covid-19 funeral procedures as a precaution.

Health experts have suggested the actual fatalities could have been four times the official figure from the government.

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New cases jumped by 484, equaling the second highest daily spike on May 6, to take the total number of confirmed cases to 14,749. The highest rise in a day was 533, which occurred on Saturday.

"There are 182 more patients who have recovered, bringing the total recoveries to 3,063,” task force spokesman Achmad Yurianto said in a video conference in Jakarta.

The number of persons under surveillance for suspected Covid-19 infection grew by 2,756 to 251,861, he said. This category includes people with mild symptoms who don’t need hospitalization, but their cases have not been confirmed by lab testing.

Probable cases in hospital also increased by 153 to 32,147. 

The figures suggest that around 284,000 people need to undergo testing immediately.

Indonesia has so far conducted PCR-based testing on 119,728 people. All 34 provinces have been affected and the infectious disease has spread to 376 of the country’s 514 districts and cities, according to government data.