Indonesia records 8.4% weekly increase in COVID-19 cases

Indonesia records 8.4% weekly increase in COVID-19 cases

Prof. Wiku Adisasmito, spokesperson for the COVID-19 Response Task Force. (ANTARA/HO-Biro Pers Setpres/Rusman/am)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia has recorded a weekly increase of 8.4 percent in the rate of coronavirus infections, with 26,365 fresh cases emerging within the last week, according to the Task Force for COVID-19 Response.

“The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased by 8.4 percent over the past week, where the five highest increases in cases were (seen) in West Java, up by 594, Banten 492, South Sulawesi, up by 459, Riau, up by 311, and Papua, up by 271,” Prof. Wiku Adisasmito, spokesperson for the COVID-19 task force said at an online press conference at the Presidential Office here on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the five provinces with the highest rates of increase were — Jakarta (554 people per 100,000 population), South Kalimantan (242 people per 100 thousand population), Gorontalo (206 per 100 thousand population), East Kalimantan (191 people per 100 thousand population), and Bali (184 people per 100 thousand inhabitants).

The death toll also increased by 18.9 percent compared to the previous week, with Central Java recording 46 deaths, Jakarta 32, Aceh 26, North Sumatra 24, and West Sumatra 13.

The highest mortality rate owing to COVID-19 was recorded in East Java (7.29 percent), followed by Central Java (6.47 percent), South Sumatra (6.04 percent), West Nusa Tenggara (5.91 percent), and Bengkulu (5.85 percent).

The national death rate is currently at 3.9 percent.

Nationally, the number of patients recovering from COVID-19 rose by 35.8 percent compared to the previous week.

"This is a good condition and the percentage must be increased continuously. The highest increase in recovery was in Jakarta with 1,540 patients recovering (over the last seven days), West Java 1,093, Central Java 845, Aceh 730, and Riau Islands 247," Wiku added.

The highest recovery rate was recorded in North Maluku (89.71 percent), Gorontalo (87.19 percent), North Kalimantan (86.09 percent), Bangka Belitung Islands (84.89 percent), and South Kalimantan (83.51 percent).

As of Tuesday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia reached 252,923, with the addition of 4,071 fresh cases over the previous 24 hours. Total recoveries stood at 184,298 and deaths at 9,837. The number of suspected COVID-19 cases reached 109,721.

So far, confirmed cases have been reported in 34 provinces across Indonesia, with the highest number of cases recorded in Jakarta (64,554), followed by East Java (41,417), Central Java (19,982), West Java (18,077), and South Sulawesi (14,524).  

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