Indonesia reports record daily rise in Covid-19 cases; Jakarta extends lockdown for two more weeks

  • Indonesia
  • Friday, 25 Sep 2020

A security officer locking the doors of Cut Meutia Mosque in Central Jakarta. The city administration has reimposed large-scale social restrictions to combat a Covid-19 spike in the capital that has strained hospital resources. On Friday (Sept 25), Indonesia reported a total death toll of 10,218, the highest number in South-East Asia and among the highest in Asia. - The Jakarta Post/Asian News Network

JAKARTA, Sept 25 (Jakarta Post/ANN): Indonesia reported its biggest daily rise in coronavirus infections for a third successive day with 4,823 new cases on Friday, taking the total to 266,845, data from the country's Covid-19 task force showed.

The data added 113 new deaths, taking the total to 10,218, one of the highest death tolls in Asia and the highest in South-East Asia.

The Jakarta administration has extended large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the capital – Indonesia's COVID-19 hotbed – by two weeks to further suppress virus transmission.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan claimed that the capital had seen a decline in active cases since it reimposed the stricter rules on Sept 14.

The city, he said, had recorded 3,854 new active cases in the first twelve days of September, and the number dropped significantly to 1,453 cases in the next twelve days.

“We must keep working together to break the chain of the infection. The authorities will improve the 3T, (testing, tracing and treatment), while the public will continue to stay at home, ” the governor asserted.

Residents who, for some reason, had to leave their homes and conduct activities outside must adhere to health protocol by wearing masks, maintaining a physical distance from others and washing their hands frequently, he added.

Anies further said extension of the PSBB had been approved by the central government. According to National Covid-19 Task Force data, Jakarta has recorded a decrease in daily confirmed cases since the beginning of this week.

The city logged 1,352 new positive cases on Monday, followed by 1,236 cases and 1,133 cases on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

The data released on Thursday (Sept 24) showed an additional of 1,044 cases, bringing the total tally to 66,731 or around a quarter of the country’s total of 262,022 cases.

On Friday, the capital city recorded 1,171 new confirmed cases, bringing the total tally to 67,902. Meanwhile, West Java reported 734 new cases, Central Kalimantan 392, Central Java 331, East Java 293 and West Sumatra 208. The virus has spread to all of the country's 34 provinces.

At least 1,648 people have died of the disease in Jakarta to date. - The Jakarta Post/Asian News Network

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