Jakarta. Confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Indonesian capital totaled 10,098 on Monday, while East Java registered the highest spike in the day to narrow the gap to just 241 cases, the smallest distance separating both provinces in over three months.
If the current pace continues, East Java will surpass Jakarta before the weekend.
There were 954 new Covid-19 cases in the 24-hour period countrywide, bringing the total number of cases to 46,845, including 2,500 deaths and 18,735 recovered patients, according to the National Covid-19 Task Force.
East Java, the current epicenter of the Indonesian Covid-19 outbreak, registered 315 new cases while Jakarta reported 127.
South Sulawesi, another hotspot in the outbreak, had 111 new cases to take its total to 3,908, the third highest among other provinces.
South Kalimantan is also closing in on Central Java on the fifth place after registering 89 new cases on Monday, bringing the province’s total to 2,658, in comparison to Central Java’s 2,717.
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan claimed that there was no huge spike of cases during the last two weeks of the “transition period” before the city can fully lift social restrictions, which have been in place since mid-April.
“According to a review from the University of Indonesia’s Public Health Faculty, there was no significant spike of cases,” Anies said.
"It means that we can continue with this transition period, and let’s see what happens by the end of June. The Jakarta administration puts public safety as our top priority. If we consider a growing risk of public safety, we will re-impose restrictions, but so far that’s not the case,” he said.
Despite his claim, Jakarta has registered more than 2,300 Covid-19 cases since the transition period began on June 5, averaging more than 130 cases per day.
The city’s highest single-day rise also occurred during this supposedly final stage of the large-scale social restriction, or PSBB, with 239 cases on June 9.
Anies said daily cases returned to three-digit figures because the city had ramped up testing and expanded its scope to also include asymptomatic persons.