5,816 Indonesians join COVID-19 volunteer team

5,816 Indonesians join COVID-19 volunteer team

Volunteers of the Sukabumi Red Cross (PMI) for COVID-19 Response. (ANTARA/Aditya Rohman)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - As many as 5,816 people have registered themselves as COVID-19 volunteers since the online registration was opened on Wednesday (3/25)

The 5,816 people comprised 4,008 non-medical volunteers and 1,808 medical ones, Chairman of the Indonesian Disaster Mitigation Society (MPBI) Dandi Prasetia said during a press conference at the Office of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) here, on Sunday.

The volunteers came from various Indonesian regions such as West Java Province with the largest number of volunteers, namely 1,445, followed by Jakarta with 1,384 volunteers.

Others came from East Java (559 volunteers), Banten (402), and Central Java (348), Dandi Prasetia noted.

They comprised 2,364 men and 1,856 women aged between 19 and 30 years old, he added.

The second largest age group is between 31 and 40 years old, totalling 636 men and 225 women.

Furthermore, the age group of between 41 and 50 years old comprised 275 men and 68 women. The 51-60 years age group consisted of 75 men and 25 women.

"There are also five men aged over 60 years old," he said.

Previously, BNPB Chairman concurrently the Head of the Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Response Lt. Gen. Doni Monardo said volunteers had a crucial role in dealing with the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

"The team of volunteers is important for us today because the COVID-19 outbreak cannot be tackled by the government alone," he remarked.

As of Saturday (28/3), Jakarta had the highest number of COVID-19 sufferers reaching 603 patients, of which 42 were declared cured and 62 died.

In Indonesia, the total number of COVID-19 positive patients reached 1,285 people. Of the number, 64 people were cured and 114 dead.

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