An Indonesian doctor examines the chest radigraph of a Covid-19 patient in East Jakarta on August 5, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Indonesia’s Daily Covid-19 Tally Returns to pre-Delta Levels


AUGUST 22, 2021

Jakarta. Indonesia recorded the lowest daily tally of Covid-19 cases in more than two months on Sunday, with figures returning to the level before the highly contagious Delta variant began to dominate new infections.

The country has added 12,408 new cases in the past 24 hours, the lowest daily count since June 16, to take its total to 3,979,456, government figures show.

A steady decline in newly cases over the last few weeks suggests that the partial lockdown reimposed since July 3 begins to deliver results.

The Delta variant is blamed for a dramatic surge in newly cases and deaths and has become the dominant variant in the Indonesian outbreak since late June. At its peak, the country recorded more than 56.000 new cases and over 2,000 deaths in a single day.

However, Indonesia remains among the deadliest places in the world at the current stage of the pandemic, with the daily death toll staying within four-digit territory.

There have been 1,030 Covid-19 deaths in the 24-hour period, bringing the total death toll to 126,372. The daily death toll has been above the 1,000 mark since July 16.

The total number of active cases stands at 306,760, also the lowest in over a month.

West and East Java were the only provinces to report more than 1,000 new cases in the one-day period. 

Central Java recorded the most Covid-19 deaths in the day with 317, followed by East Java with 203.

Nearly 89 million citizens have received at least the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine to date, with 31.6 million fully vaccinated.

Jakarta has the best vaccination rate among the country’s 34 provinces, with 54 percent of the national capital’s population already fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, only about 14 percent of the East Java population have been fully vaccinated. 

Central Java is ranked even worse with a vaccination rate of just 12.5 percent or below the national average that already reaches 14 percent.

President Joko Widodo earlier instructed the national vaccination drive to be in full swing – at least 2 million doses per day in August.

But vaccine shortage and distribution problems across the sprawling archipelago have kept the target at bay. On Sunday, health authorities could only administer a little above 700,000 doses.