Indonesia: Covid-19 cases escalating; inmates in Bali test positive as 253 medical staff confirmed dead during pandemic


A man sprays disinfectant at Kerobokan prison in Bali. More than 100 inmates at Kerobokan Prison in Badung regency, Bali, tested positive for Covid-19 as of Saturday (Oct 24). - The Jakarta Post/Asian News Network

JAKARTA, Oct 25 (The Jakarta Post/ANN): The Covid-19 (coronavirus) issues in Indonesia is escalating. The country reported 3,732 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, official data from the health ministry showed, taking the country's total number of cases to 389,712.

The data showed that the country had 94 additional deaths from the virus, taking the total number of fatalities to 13,299. On Saturday, WHO confirmed that Indonesia's total cases and death toll is the highest in South-East Asia and among the highest in Asia.

The government of Indonesia's capital city Jakarta said in a statement earlier on Sunday that it will extend mass social restriction measures introduced to curb the spread of the virus until Nov 8.

It was also announced that as many as 253 medical staff members in Indonesia have died during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to an official on Sunday.

"The loss of medical staff members is irreplaceable in a short time," said Eka Mulyana, a member of the mitigation team of the Indonesian Medical Association.

Of the total number, 141 were doctors, nine dentists, and 103 nurses.

Of the 141 doctors, 75 were general practitioners, 64 specialists and two residents.

Meanwhile, more than 100 inmates at Kerobokan Prison in Badung regency, Bali, tested positive for Covid-19 as of Saturday (Oct 24).

Of the 106 infected prisoners, 84 are men.

All of them are currently being isolated in the Kuta block of the penitentiary.

“(The number of confirmed cases) might still be increasing because we are still waiting for more test results, ” the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Bali office spokesperson, I Putu Surya Dharma, said on Saturday.

He added that the prison conducted more Covid-19 swab tests on 136 inmates whose rapid antibody tests had come out reactive.

Prison authorities discovered a Covid-19 cluster in the penitentiary after carrying out mass virus antibody rapid testing from Monday to Wednesday, after several inmates complained of symptoms related to the coronavirus, such as loss of smell and taste.

The results came out reactive for more than 630 prisoners. Bali has recorded 11,279 confirmed Covid-19 cases as of Saturday. Kerobokan Prison has been placed under lockdown and will not be accepting any new prisoners.

Visits are currently prohibited but inmates can still receive food packages from their families.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s corrections directorate general has been struggling to prevent Covid-19 transmissions in penitentiaries due to overcrowding and understaffing.

A Covid-19 cluster was recently discovered in a penitentiary in Jambi, with authorities reporting at least 31 infected prisoners on Oct 15. - The Jakarta Post/Asian News Network

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