Indonesia sees significant decrease in active Covid-19 cases; reports 4,369 new cases as total hits above 381,000

Local residents wearing protective face masks while enjoying a day out at a park amid the Covid-19 outbreak in Jakarta. The virus cases in Indonesia rose by 4,369 within one day to 381,91 - the health ministry said on Friday (Oct 23). - The Jakarta Post/Asian News Network

JAKARTA, Oct 23 (The Jakarta Post/ANN): Indonesia has seen a significant decrease in active Covid-19 cases, the National Covid-19 task force stated on Friday.

Active cases are the number of confirmed cases minus the number of recovered cases and deaths. The statistic represents the number of cases still considered to be infectious.

The task force’s spokesperson and experts team coordinator, Wiku Adisasmito, said in a virtual press conference that as of Thursday the country had 63,576 active cases, 16.8 per cent of the total number of Covif-19 cases confirmed so far, adding this figure was lower than the 21.9 per cent recorded globally.

Meanwhile, the number of recovered patients has also increased to 305,100.

Wiku explained that 91.26 per cent of confirmed cases were active in March and that this percentage had decreased to 81.57 per cent in April and 71.35 per cent in May before dropping to 23.74 percent last month.

“We hope it will continue to decrease until there are no more active cases and all patients have recovered,” he said, saying the number of active cases could be lowered by curbing the spread of the virus.

“Everyone can participate in reducing the number by practicing the ‘3M’ health protocols, menggunakan masker [mask wearing], mencuci tangan [hand-washing] and menjaga jarak [social distancing],” he added.

However, despite the significant drop in active cases, Wiku shared that 12 cities still had more than 1,000 active cases for weeks.

Among the 12 cities, Padang in West Sumatra and Pekanbaru in Riau have the highest number of active cases with 2,816 and 2,909, respectively.

“These are big cities where the economy has been actively running,” he said.

Wiku urged the local administrations in these cities to work harder to reduce the number of active cases by strictly supervising the public’s compliance with health protocols.

Since then, the public has become more accustomed with the 3M health protocols.

An online survey conducted by Statistics Indonesia (BPS) from Sept 7 to 14, involving 90,967 respondents across the archipelago, revealed that more Indonesians were now complying with requirements to wear face masks in public.

BPS head Suhariyanto said the rate of public compliance with mask wearing requirements had increased 8 per cent since April, noting that compliance with hand-washing and physical-distancing protocols had somewhat declined.

Therefore, it is necessary to increase public awareness about the need to thoroughly follow health protocols.

“Ideally, these three parameters – mask wearing, hand washing and physical distancing – should be parallel,” said Suhariyanto during a press conference livestreamed on the National Disaster Mitigation Agency’s (BNPB) official YouTube channel last month.

“After all, what good does wearing a mask do without regularly washing our hands and keeping a safe physical distance?” he added.

As of Friday, the Covid-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 4,369 within one day to 381,910, with the death toll adding by 118 to 13,077, the health ministry said on Friday.

Indonesia's death toll and total cases are the highest in the South-East Asia region and among the highest in Asia.

According to the ministry, 4,094 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 305,100.

The virus has spread to all the country's 34 provinces.

Specifically, within the past 24 hours, Jakarta recorded 952 new cases, Central Java 571, West Java 504, East Java 295 and Riau 276.

No more new positive cases were found in three provinces, namely Bangka Belitung, West Sulawesi and Gorontalo. - The Jakarta Post/Asian News Network

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