Jakarta (ANTARA) - The number of patients recovering from COVID-19 in Indonesia has doubled, or increased 256 percent to 2,381 compared to the number of deaths that has reached 930 as of 12 p.m. local time on Thursday (May 7, 2020).

"The highest distribution of patients who have recovered is in DKI Jakarta, South Sulawesi, East Java, Bali, and West Java," said government spokesperson for handling COVID-19, Achmad Yurianto, in a video conference held by the Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling on Thursday at the Graha Office of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) in Jakarta.

As of 12 p.m. local time on May 7, 2020, the task force has recorded 2,381 patient recoveries, while the number of deaths due to COVID-19 has reached 930.

Fifteen provinces in Indonesia have not reported fresh COVID-19 cases on Thursday: Aceh, Bangka Belitung, Bengkulu, Jambi, East Kalimantan, North Kalimantan, Riau Islands, North Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, Lampung, North Maluku, Maluku, West Papua, West Sulawesi, and East Nusa Tenggara.

Meanwhile, with 338 additional cases reported in the rest of the country, the number of COVID-19 cases nationwide has reached 12,776.

As many as 243,455 people are under monitoring (ODP), while the number of patients under surveillance (PDP) has reached 28,508. More than 200,000 of the total ODPs have been monitored and declared healthy.

Cases of COVID-19 have appeared in 354 districts and cities spread across 34 provinces in the country.

The Indonesian Government officially announced the country's first confirmed coronavirus case on March 2 this year. The central and regional governments have since then made persistent efforts to flatten the coronavirus curve by imposing healthcare protocols and social restrictions.

Large-scale social restrictions have been enforced in several cities, including Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi, and Pekanbaru, to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission.

The central government has also banned homebound travel, locally known as ‘mudik’, during the fasting month of Ramadhan and the Idul Fitri holiday season.

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Translator: Martha H, Azis Kurmala
Editor: Sri Haryati
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