Jakarta (ANTARA) - Out of 19,757 specimens examined as of 12 p.m. Western Indonesian Standard Time (WIB) on Wednesday, as many as 1,031 have come out positive for the novel coronavirus disease, or COVID-19.

Meanwhile, 540 more patients have recovered from the disease.

So far, Indonesia has recorded a total of 41,431 confirmed cases and 16,423 recoveries, the government's spokesperson for COVID-19 response, Achmad Yurianto, said in a press statement here on Wednesday.

The government has conducted nearly 20 thousand specimen checks per day, in accordance with the target set by President Joko Widodo.

A total of 19,757 specimens were examined using the RT-PCR and molecular rapid test (TCM) methods on Wednesday. The government also distributed TCM kits to 422 hospitals across Indonesia, which have the machines required for testing.

Meanwhile, 45 additional deaths were recorded on Wednesday, bringing the total COVID-19 death toll to 2,276.

Yurianto explained that the fresh cases have been reported in five provinces with the most cases, namely, East Java, Jakarta, Central Java, South Kalimantan, and South Sulawesi.

"East Java on Wednesday registered 225 new cases and 56 cured cases; Jakarta 127 new cases and 116 cured; Central Java 115 cases and 65 cured; South Kalimantan 86 new cases and 80 cured; and, South Sulawesi 84 new cases and 16 cured cases, " Yurianto noted.

In addition, as many as 17 provinces have reported less than 10 new cases. Four provinces have not seen any new cases — North Kalimantan, Central Sulawesi, East Nusa Tenggara, and Gorontalo.

In several provinces, the number of new cases have been lower than the number of people recovering per day. West Nusa Tenggara, for instance, has recorded 21 new cases and 31 patient recoveries, while Riau Islands has reported 9 new cases and 12 recoveries.

Furthermore, East Kalimantan has added 5 new cases and 17 recoveries; West Sumatra 4 new cases and 6 recoveries; West Sulawesi 1 new case and 5 recoveries; and, North Kalimantan and Central Sulawesi have had no new cases, but have recorded 8 and 4 recoveries, respectively.

Coronavirus cases have been reported in 432 districts and cities in 34 provinces across the country.

Indonesia has also placed 42,714 people under monitoring and 13,279 patients under surveillance for COVID-19.

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Translator: Aditya R, Fardah
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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