Indonesia not among 10 countries with highest COVID cases: President

Indonesia not among 10 countries with highest COVID cases: President

A screenshot of President Joko Widodo at an online seminar on Wednesday (September 15, 2021). (ANTARA/Indra Arief)

As the country with the fourth-largest population in the world, Indonesia is not included in the top 10 (countries) with the highest number of cases in the world
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia is not among the 10 countries with the highest number of COVID-19 cases globally even though the nation's population is the fourth largest in the world, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has said.

"Alhamdulillah (thank God), cases of COVID-19 continue to show a downward trend. We are very optimistic, but we must always be vigilant. As the country with the fourth-largest population in the world, Indonesia is not included in the top 10 (countries) with the highest number of cases in the world," the President said in his online remarks at the UOB Economic Outlook 2022, monitored here, Wednesday.

Daily cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia have continued to decline sharply. On July 15, 2021, Indonesia had recorded a spike in cases, with daily cases reaching 56 thousand, he said.

The daily cases have now declined to 2,577, based on data recorded on September 13, 2021, he added.

The percentage of daily COVID-19 cases in Indonesia is currently pegged at 13.6 daily cases per million of population, far below neighboring ASEAN countries, Jokowi pointed out.

"The hospital occupancy rate (BOR) is also gradually decreasing. The national BOR is at 13.8 percent, and the BOR for the Wisma Atlet COVID-19 Emergency Hospital, which used to reach 92 percent, has now fallen to 7 percent," he informed.

As of September 12, 2021, Indonesia's daily transmission rate or positivity rate was 2.64 percent, which was better than the world average of 8.34 percent, he said.

"Our recovery rate is 94.03 percent, above the world average of 89.59 percent," he added.

Referring to the vaccination program, the President said 34.94 percent, or 72.76 million Indonesians, have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far. Meanwhile, in terms of doses, 42.2 percent of vaccine doses have been administered to the community.

"We will continue to increase vaccinations, the speed of vaccinations. However, we must be vigilant, always be disciplined in implementing health protocols, always wear masks," he remarked.

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