Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia on Monday recorded 1,576 new recoveries, bringing the total number of people who have recovered from the novel coronavirus disease in the country so far to 46,977, a government spokesperson said.

"Once again, workplaces, offices or industries (factories), we beg (you) to really be able to create a safe working atmosphere (in view) of COVID-19," Achmad Yurianto, the government spokesperson for COVID-19 response, said at a press conference for the Task Force for the Acceleration of the COVID-19 Response at Graha BNPB here on Monday.

Based on data compiled as of Monday noon (July 20, 2020), Indonesia has recorded 1,693 fresh COVID-19 infections, bringing the total case tally to 88,214. Meanwhile, 96 people have succumbed to the virus, taking the death toll to 4,239.

The hike in COVID-19 cases is owing to increased productive activities, and the people are also not complying with health protocols, Yurianto explained.

Jakarta has recorded the largest number of new cases at 361 and 154 recoveries.

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Meanwhile, Central Java has reported 354 new cases and 300 recoveries, East Java 237 cases and 475 recoveries, South Sulawesi 125 cases and 278 recoveries, Gorontalo has recorded as many as 105 new cases and reported no new recoveries, North Sulawesi has added 64 cases and 39 recoveries, and West Java 60 new infections and 93 recoveries.

Sixteen provinces have reported less than 10 new cases. Meanwhile, seven provinces have reported no fresh cases on Monday: Bengkulu, Jambi, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, Riau Islands, Central Sulawesi, and Lampung.

The task force has also recorded 36,380 suspected cases. Coronavirus infections have spread to 467 districts and cities across the country's 34 provinces.

Meanwhile, 14,027 specimens have been examined on Monday, bringing the total number of specimens tested — using the real-time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and molecular rapid tests (TCM) — to 1,235,545.

Reiterating the importance of obeying health protocols to keep the community safe from COVID-19 transmission, Yurianto said: "Remember, if we get infected at work it will be very risky for family members at our homes - for our children, for parents, for our relatives who have comorbid conditions."

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Translator: Katriana, Fardah
Editor: Sri Haryati
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