National trend in COVID-19 cases showing a decline: task force

National trend in COVID-19 cases showing a decline: task force

Government spokesperson for COVID-19 handling, Wiku Adisasmito, speaks to journalists during a question-and-answer session that was broadcast online from the Media Center Graha National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) in Jakarta recently. (ANTARA/Andi Firdaus)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia has recorded a decline in the nationwide trend in COVID-19 infections, according to spokesperson for the Task Force for Handling COVID-19, Wiku Adisasmito.

“Currently, the trend of COVID-19 cases nationally is decreasing. This shows a change in the situation for the better, with a declining trend in transmission,” he said during an online press conference here on Thursday.

Although the government is still trying to improve the accuracy of the data to 100 percent to capture the real situation, still, the trend is quite valid, given the improving global trend, he added.

Given the collaborative efforts made by humanitarian fighters against COVID-19, it is hoped the community will also be encouraged to minimize the potential for COVID-19 transmission by complying with health protocols, he remarked.

Compliance with health protocols can be carried out by the public to support the handling of COVID-19, he said.

"Discipline on health protocols must always be maintained. COVID-19 can attack us anywhere and anytime," he stressed.

Based on data recorded on March 18, 2021, positive cases of COVID-19 increased by 6,570, with the number of active cases recorded at 131,753, or 9.4 percent.

Meanwhile, the cumulative number of recovered patients reached 1,272,958 people, or 87.9 percent, while the cumulative number of deaths recorded at 39,142, or 2.7 percent. (INE)

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