The death toll has reached 5,388, with 86 people additionally succumbing to COVID-19, the Indonesian Task Force for COVID-19 response stated here on Tuesday.
A total of 22,902 specimens from 13,456 people were examined by 320 laboratories across Indonesia on Tuesday, thereby bringing the total count of specimens examined to 1,575,043 from 907,987 people so far.
East Java emerged as the province with the highest number of confirmed cases reaching 430; followed by 410 cases in Jakarta; 119 cases in South Kalimantan; 117 cases in South Sulawesi; and 94 cases in West Java.
Coincidentally, East Jakarta also ranked first in terms of the number of recoveries, reaching 343; followed by 216 people recovering in Jakarta, 213 people in North Maluku, 170 people in West Java, and 141 people in South Sulawesi.
No new cases were reported on Tuesday in the six provinces of Bangka Belitung, West Kalimantan, Riau Islands, Central Sulawesi, Lampung, and East Nusa Tenggara.
The number of suspects yet under monitoring reached 68,131, while the number of confirmed cases being monitored reached 115,056.
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) announced the country's first confirmed cases on March 2, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic began in Wuhan, China, in late 2019. Jokowi has ordered his relevant ministers to conduct a two-week "wear face mask" campaign on a massive scale throughout Indonesia to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
"I just want to focus. It might be in two weeks. We will focus on the campaign on wearing face masks," Jokowi stated while chairing a limited cabinet meeting on COVID-19 handling and national economic recovery at the Merdeka Palace here on Monday.
The head of state cited the latest COVID-19 data that the recovery rate of such cases in Indonesia had reached 61.9 percent, which he believes was an improvement, and the figure was expected to continue to increase. (INE)
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