Based on the data published in the official Indonesian government website for COVID-19, www.covid19.go.id on Saturday (sept 19), the overall total number of positive cases rose to 240,687 while 107,863 more patients are still being monitored for the virus.
In the past 24 hours since 12 noon yesterday, 112 more deaths were recorded bringing the toll for the disease to 9,448 people.
Jakarta Province which came under Large Scale Social Restriction (PSBB) for two weeks since Monday, is still having the highest overall infection in the country with 60,828 cases, an addition of 988 new cases.
In terms of fatalities, East Java has the highest with 2,942 people followed by Jakarta (1,527), Central Java (1,243), South Kalimantan (396), North Sumatra (394), South Sulawesi (389) and the remaining cases in other provinces in Indonesia.
Central Java and West Java have seen nearly 20,000 Covid-19 cases each.
Indonesia now has the second-highest number of recorded Covid-19 cases in South-East Asia. It's death toll, however, is the highest in the region.
The Philippines has the highest, with 283,460 cases as of Saturday, according to worldometers.info. Indonesia currently has the 23rd-highest number of cases of any country in the world.
The government recently decided to implement stricter health protocols in an attempt to curb the transmission of the virus and has assigned the military and the police to enforce the protocols.
Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said on Friday (Sept 18) that such measures would be in place for the coming months until the country was able to vaccinate residents en masse, which he expected to happen in December.
There is no proven vaccine for Covid-19 at this stage.
The minister said he was confident that the country would be able to control the health crisis from December onward as he claimed it would start to vaccinate tens of millions of citizens at that time.
Indonesia has reportedly secured 300 million doses of Covid-19 candidate vaccines from foreign pharmaceutical companies, including China’s Sinovac Biotech. - The Jakarta Post/Asian News Network
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