Drop in COVID cases due to PPKM, not fewer tests: Patria

Drop in COVID cases due to PPKM, not fewer tests: Patria

Deputy Governor of DKI Jakarta, Ahmad Riza Patria, at the City Hall in Jakarta on Friday (July 23, 2021). (ANTARA/Dewa Ketut Sudiarta Wiguna)

This means that our efforts, through the implementation of PPKM, have yielded results. For that reason, we appeal to the people to continue to maintain and strengthen the implementation of health protocols
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The decline in COVID-19 cases recorded in Jakarta has been the result of emergency mobility restrictions (PPKM), rather than lower testing, Deputy Governor of  Jakarta, Ahmad Riza Patria, has said.

"The number of cases dropped due to the PPKM. Not because there are fewer tests being carried out; in fact, the testing rate in Jakarta is very high," he said at the City Hall in Jakarta on Friday.

He further said that 207,339 specimens were examined in the Indonesian capital in the last week, a number that is 20 times higher than the standard set by the World Health Organization (WHO).

"This means that our efforts, through the implementation of PPKM, have yielded results. For that reason, we appeal to the people to continue to maintain and strengthen the implementation of health protocols," he added.

He then asked people to stay at home and remain disciplined in implementing the health protocols, which include washing hands, avoiding crowds, keeping mobility to a minimum, and wearing masks.

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Meanwhile, the government, he said, is carrying out testing, tracing, and treatment measures, also known as the 3Ts.

According to data provided by the provincial government on the corona.jakarta.go.id webpage, active cases in Jakarta have continued to fall in the last few days.

On July 20, 2021, the number of active COVID-19 cases, or people undergoing treatment or self-isolation, fell by 6,123.

On July 21, the number dipped further by 4,736, and on July 22, active cases decreased by 3,739.

Jakarta also recorded a higher number of recoveries over the last few days. The highest single-day recoveries were seen on July 20, 2021 at 12,071.

On July 21 and 22, the number of recoveries continued to increase by 10,558 and 10,624 cases, respectively.

As per data recorded as of 10 p.m. on July 22, 2021, active cases in  Jakarta have reached 86,198 and accumulated positive cases 673,424.


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