Medical workers push the coffin of a doctor who dies from coronavirus at Arifin Achmad Municipal Hospital in Pekanbaru, Riau, on Sept. 24, 2020. At least three medical workers have died from the disease in the province. (Antara Photo/FB Anggoro)
Riau Now Has Sixth-Biggest Number of Covid Cases
BY :HERU ANDRIYANTO
OCTOBER 21, 2020
Jakarta. Riau overtook two provinces in a day to become the sixth province with the most cases of coronavirus on Wednesday and it’s still trending up significantly.
The oil-rich province has recorded 313 new cases in the last 24 hours, its second-highest daily number since a record 352 late last month, to take its total to 12,319. It outnumbered confirmed cases of coronavirus in East Kalimantan (12,221) and North Sumatra (12,212).
Riau has six times the number of Covid-19 cases it recorded on Sept. 1, when it was ranked 18 among 34 provinces in the Indonesian outbreak.
Neighboring West Sumatra is following the same pattern, from 16th to ninth between Sept. 1 and today. In fact, the province has the highest daily average of newly cases outside of four worst-hit provinces in Java since the beginning of the month.
West Sumatra has been averaging 256 cases since Oct. 1, taking its tally to 11,652 and overtaking South Kalimantan (11,508).
Jakarta returned to four-digit daily rise after four days, with 1,000 more cases to take its total to 97,217, including 2,089 deaths. It’s for the first time this month that the daily average in the capital falls below that in September -- 1,118 against 1,122.
East Java recorded 327 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 49,801. It reported the highest daily death toll with 24 Covid-19 deaths for a total of 3,606. However, East Java has among the lowest number of active cases in the top ten provinces.
West Java added 657 cases, its highest daily number in two weeks, for a total of 31,907. It averages 462 cases this month, second only to Jakarta.
Central Java became the fourth province to pass the 30,000 mark after recording 374 more cases. It has the third-highest number of Covid-19 deaths, totaling 1,620.
Only three provinces -- Jakarta, East Java and Central Java -- have reported more than 1,000 deaths since the outbreak.
South Sulawesi came next with a total of 17,690 cases, including 445 deaths.
Among the ten worst-affected provinces, only South Kalimantan and North Sumatra seem to be moving in the right direction, with daily average being kept within two digits.
But the country is still trending up due to significant surge in Riau, West Sumatra, East Kalimantan, West Java and Central Java.
Newly cases are averaging 4,100 nationwide month to date, in comparison to an average of 3,740 cases in September.
Indonesia has recorded a total of 373,109 cases as of Wednesday and is on course for reaching the 400,000 mark before the end of this month.
It has recorded 123 more deaths in the 24-hour period, bringing the total death toll to 12,857 or 3.4 percent of the reported cases.
The total number of active coronavirus cases stands at 62,743, while around 297,500 patients have been cured or discharged from hospitals.