Jakarta. A mayor in the province of South Kalimantan died during treatment for coronavirus infection on Monday, becoming the third regional leader in Indonesia to have succumbed to the highly contagious disease.
Banjarbaru Mayor Nadjmi Adhani died at the Ulin Municipal Hospital in the provincial capital of Banjarmasin where he was undergoing treatment for two weeks.
Nadjmi publicly announced on his Instagram account late last month that he and wife Ririn Kartika Rini had contracted Covid-19. In the video message, where he could be seen on supplemental oxygen, he also warned Banjarbaru residents "against underestimating the Covid-19.”
South Kalimantan is among the worst hit by the outbreak in Indonesia. It ranks sixth of the provinces with the most confirmed cases of coronavirus, with more than 6,700 cases overall, including 307 deaths as of Monday.
Nadjmi is the country's third regional leader who has died from coronavirus-related diseases.
Aptripel Tumimomor, the district head of North Morowali in Central Sulawesi, died at hospital on April 2 and results of his Covid-19 testing came back positive a day later.
Tanjungpinang Mayor Syahrul in Riau Islands Province died on April 28 after testing positive for the virus and being treated at the intensive care unit.
At least seven other mayors and district heads have tested positive for coronavirus infections and most of them have already recovered.
They included Bogor Mayor Bima Arya and Karawang District Head Cellica Nurrachadiana in West Java, Palangkaraya Mayor Fairid Naparin in Central Kalimantan, Melawi District Head Panji in West Kalimantan, Pemalang District Head Junaedi in Central Java, Ogan Ilir District Head Ilyas Panji Alam in South Sumatra and acting Medan Mayor Akhyar Nasution in North Sumatra.