Jakarta (ANTARA) - The COVID-19 Handling Task Force has assured that oxygen availability is still sufficient amid the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

"Until now, the availability of oxygen in the form of concentrators and generators is still sufficient or can give service for more than 12 to 48 hours," spokesperson for the COVID-19 Handling Task Force, Wiku Adisasmito, said at a press conference, which was accessed online from here on Thursday.

According to data provided by the task force, as of February 6, 2022, Jakarta has 1,541 oxygen concentrators and 2 oxygen generators, Banten has 389 oxygen concentrators and 4 oxygen generators, while West Java has 1,545 oxygen concentrators and 18 oxygen generators.

He affirmed that the availability of oxygen in other regions has been ensured as well, especially in regions with a relatively high increase in COVID-19 cases.

Adisasmito asserted that the government will continue coordinating with regional governments to carry out data collection to meet each health facility's oxygen needs effectively.

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Meanwhile, seven provinces have contributed the highest weekly COVID-19 cases—Jakarta, West Java, Banten, East Java, Bali, Central Java, and the Special Region of Yogyakarta (DIY), he said.

"Provinces in Java and Bali (islands) consistently dominate the number of national cases," he informed.

According to the data compiled by the COVID-19 Handling Task Force on Thursday, Jakarta reported the most new cases with 11,090 people testing positive for COVID-19 in the province, followed by West Java province with 9,403 cases, Banten with 5,031 cases, East Java with 4,054 cases, and Central Java with 2,387 cases.

The first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Indonesia in March 2020. According to the task force data, as of February 10, 2022, Indonesia has recorded a total of 4,667,554 COVID-19 cases, 4,234,510 recoveries, and 144,858 deaths.

The Ministry of Health detected the first Omicron infection in Indonesia on December 15, 2021. With the spread of the new variant, Indonesia has recorded a significant increase in COVID-19 cases.

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