An ambulance carrying a Covid-19 patient stops for document checks at a makeshift hospital in the Athletes’ Village in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, on Sept. 11, 2020. (Beritasatu Photo/Joanito De Saojoao)

Jakarta Adds 15,000 Covid-19 Cases in Past Two Weeks


SEPTEMBER 14, 2020

Jakarta. The surge in coronavirus cases has reached its highest level in Jakarta during the past two weeks although no one in the government can convincingly say that the worst has arrived. 

The capital has added 15,000 cases since Sept. 1, more than three times the number of cases accumulated by second worst-hit East Java over the same period.

Jakarta has the biggest number of cases with a total of 55,099 and its death toll is second only to East Java with 1,418 Covid-19 deaths.

With the virus spreading at its fastest speed, Jakarta brought back large-scale social restrictions and ordered all infected persons to isolate at government-appointed facilities starting on Monday.

Total cases in Jakarta accounted for 25 percent of the national tally, which stood at 221,523 on Monday after 3,141 more cases have been recorded in the last 24 hours.

The country reported 118 Covid-deaths, more than half coming from Jakarta and East Java, for a total of 8,841.

Daily average in East Java has been slowing a bit from 369 cases in August to 349 month-to-date. It has recorded 38,431 cases so far.

However, East Java remains the deadliest place in the Indonesian outbreak, with a total of 2,800 Covid-19 deaths. It has been regularly reporting the highest daily death toll during the most part of the virus-stricken period, including 37 deaths on Monday.

Central Java has doubled its daily average compared to last month, with 282 cases per day. It has accumulated 17,913 confirmed cases of the virus, including 1,153 deaths.

Phenomenal Growth
The virus transmission is also gaining pace in West Java, which has been averaging 252 cases since Sept. 1, taking its total number of cases to 14,591.

Outside the big four provinces on Java Island, Bali is the biggest contributor to the national count with 2,105 new cases month-to-date. Bali is ranked eighth among the worst-hit provinces with 7,312 cases.

But the most phenomenal growth in cases has occurred in Riau. Of the total 3,909 cases in the province, more than half have come in the past two weeks alone.

South Kalimantan is the only province that has successfully kept the daily total within two digits among the nine most-affected provinces which also include Jakarta, East Java, Central Java, West Java, South Sulawesi, North Sumatra, Bali and East Kalimantan.

Indonesia has 54,277 active cases in all 34 provinces as of Monday, while the number of cured or discharged patients totals 158,405.