Workers prepare isolation beds for Covid-19 patients at a city building in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta. (Beritasatu Photo/Joanito De Saojoao)

Jakarta Covid-19 Outbreak Hits New Milestone with Over 1,000 New Cases 


AUGUST 30, 2020

Jakarta. The coronavirus outbreak in Jakarta has been spiraling beyond control throughout this month, with new cases rising by 1,094 on Sunday. The national capital becomes the first province to report 1,000 or more new cases in a single day.

The latest daily total is the sixth time Jakarta has beaten its own record since the beginning of the month. It now has registered a total of 39,037 cases, more than any other provinces.

Jakarta has been averaging 588 cases since August 1, higher that the daily average in East Java and Central Java in the top three combined.

Governor Anies Baswedan has relaxed social restrictions since June 5 under the so-called transition period that allows non-essential businesses to reopen at reduced capacity.

Nationwide, confirmed cases of the virus rose by 2,858 for a total of 172,053. The national count is down from a dramatic 3,308 cases a day earlier, but remains the third highest daily rise since the outbreak.

It reported 82 more Covid-19 deaths for a total of 7,343 or 4.3 percent of the total cases.

Indonesia has added 63,677 cases month to date or an average of 2,123 cases per day, much higher than the average of 1,677 in the whole month of July.

The number of cured or discharged Covid-19 patients totaled 124,185, an increase by 1,383 from yesterday. It was the lowest daily recovery figure since August 17.

The country now has more than 40,500 active cases of coronavirus to deal with.

Five provinces reported three-digit rises on Sunday, including East Java, West Java, Central Java, East Kalimantan and Riau.

East Java added 466 new cases to take its total to 33,220 and registered the highest daily death toll of 26.

With 2,349 Covid-19 deaths overall, East Java has the highest death toll, nearly double the total fatalities in second-placed Jakarta.

Central Java is at a distant third in the number of confirmed cases, with 13,785 cases overall, including 990 deaths.

It was followed by South Sulawesi with 11,870 cases, but the surge in the province has been slowing to an average of 82 cases per day in August.

While West Java remains at fifth with 10,918 cases, it has outpaced Central Java and South Sulawesi since mid-August and recorded the highest daily average after Jakarta and East Java. With an average of 143 cases per day, West Java is set to overtake South Sulawesi early next month. 

East Kalimantan provided further indication that it already emerges as new hotspot with 197 new cases, taking its total tally to 4,120.

Riau saw a sudden surge of 134 cases, its highest daily rise since the outbreak, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1,739.

The resort island of Bali added 89 new cases, making it the eighth province to pass the 5,000 mark.