Fire workers spray disinfectant at the National Monument (Monas) Square on June 17, 2020. (Antara Photo/Wahyu Putro)

Jakarta Reemerges Epicenter in Indonesia’s Covid-19 Outbreak


JULY 16, 2020

Jakarta. The transmission rate of coronavirus in Jakarta has been growing at a faster pace than in worst-hit East Java over the last seven days, raising concern that the epicenter is moving back to the capital city.

Jakarta has added 2,157 new cases since last Thursday, in comparison to 2,090 cases in East Java, according to daily figures compiled from the National Covid-19 Task Force.


However, the Jakarta Health Department has its own tally, suggesting a total of 2,107 cases in the past seven days -- still slightly above those of East Java.

Overall, East Java is leading by a big margin with 17,574 cases as of Thursday, including 1,301 deaths.

Jakarta, which has had the most cases nationwide until June 25, recorded 15,636 cases and 713 deaths overall, according to the task force.

Combined coronavirus cases from both provinces accounted for 41 percent of cases countrywide, while Covid-19 deaths from the two made up 52 percent of the national death toll.

The country reported 1,574 new cases in the day, bringing the total number of cases to 81,668.

The death toll surged by 76 to 3,873, after a single-day record of 87 deaths yesterday.  

The number of cured or discharged patients soared by 1,295, the second highest rise in a day, to 40,345. The previous high was 1,414 recoveries yesterday.

The number of recovered patients is extending lead over the number of active cases, which stood at 37,450 on Thursday.

Jakarta reported the highest rise in the day with 312 cases, followed by Central Java with 214 cases.

It was the fourth time this month Central Java reported more than 200 cases in a day. It now has 6,128 cases to rank fourth after East Java, Jakarta and South Sulawesi (7,630 cases).

East Java added 179 cases and South Sulawesi reported 178 more cases.

South Kalimantan, the sixth most affected province, saw 133 new cases to take its total to 4,621.

The resort island of Bali surpassed Papua to climb to the top eight with 2,533 cases, 112 more from the previous day.

South Sumatra, one place above Bali, added only 48 cases to a total of 2,832.