"Imagine a family that is worried and tensed. Imagine patients in need of intensive treatment owing to exposure to the virus," Baswedan noted here on Tuesday.
The governor remarked that the current spike in COVID-19 cases in Jakarta must not be viewed as mere figures of death toll or confirmed case tally, as it concerns people exposed to the virus and their worried families.
"I need to underline it. When (we) mention the number of cases, do not ever treat the COVID-19 cases just as statistical figures - the number of cases up or down," he noted.
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An increase of one COVID-19 case means one life is threatened owing to the infection. It means that when one person is infected, his or her family members -- mother, father, children, brothers, or sisters -- are worried, he remarked.
Hence, Baswedan has urged all to be heedful of their pains and to care for those infected.
"These are our brothers and sisters. These are fellow citizens. Every time, one figure is mentioned, there is one life. He/she could be a child, mother, father, brother, or sister of us all," he stated.
Jakarta recorded an increase of 5,014 cases within 24 hours on June 21, 2021, bringing the tally to 479,043 cases in the capital city.
Moreover, a total of 32,060 people are being treated or isolated owing to the COVID-19 infection.
On Monday, 71 Jakartans succumbed to the disease, thereby taking the death toll to 7,976.
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