Palembang (ANTARA) - South Sumatra Province recorded no new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) since the patient, identified as the 89th case, tested positive for the virus on April 19, 2020, according to a spokesman.

The coronavirus fatality and recovery rates also remained unchanged, spokesman for the South Sumatra Province's Task Force for COVID-19 Handling Yusri stated on Wednesday.

The Palembang Health Laboratory (BBLK) continues to test hundreds of swab samples obtained since April 20, he noted, adding that the task force had not received a report of new cases.

"The Palembang BBLK will augment several units of equipment to expedite the sample testing process," he remarked.

The laboratory has tested 405 samples until April 22, with 89 patients, whose test results came back positive, and 123 patients testing negative for COVID-19. Meanwhile, 193 samples are being tested, he confirmed.

According to Yusri, the 405 samples comprised 241 from asymptomatic patients coming in close contact with confirmed COVID-19 patients, 140 from patients under surveillance (PDP), and 24 from people under surveillance (ODP).

By April 22, four patients had recovered from the disease, including one from Palembang City, two from Ogan Komering Ilir District, and one from outside the province. The coronavirus death toll in the province remained at three comprising two from Palembang and one from Prabumulih.

Yusri remarked that despite new coronavirus cases being reported, the local residents, especially in the areas where local transmission of COVID-19 was found, should adhere to the government's guidelines that include wearing masks while venturing outdoors or interacting with other people. Related news: Surplus rice production predicted in South Kalimantan
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Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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