Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia’s COVID-19 case count grew by 4,189 on Saturday, taking the total tally to 5,995,876, the COVID-19 Handling Task Force reported.

According to data received from the task force here on Saturday, the number of active cases continued to decline, with the number of active cases falling by 6,861 on Saturday, taking the total to 139,143 nationally.

The provinces with the most active cases were West Java, with 35,122 cases, followed by Central Java, with 17,675 cases; Yogyakarta, with 14,093 cases; Papua, with 11,894 cases; and Lampung, with 10,298 active cases.

Meanwhile, the data showed that the number of people recovering from COVID-19 increased by 10,943 on Saturday, taking total recoveries nationwide to 5,702,163.

However, the number of COVID-19-related fatalities increased. With 107 deaths were recorded on Saturday, the total death toll climbed to 154,570.

Further, as many as 6,571 suspected cases were identified, while the number of tested specimens reached 128,971.

Government spokesperson for COVID-19 Handling, Reisa Broto Asmoro, said the trend of development of the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia has consistently improved in recent weeks.

However, there are four indicators that must be considered if Indonesia wants to move forward to the endemic phase, such as the positivity rate and hospital bed occupancy rate, which must be below 5 percent, she informed.

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Moreover, the reproduction number (Rt) must be below one, which would indicate that the transmission of the virus is low, she said.

Then, Indonesia also needs to get 70 percent of its population fully vaccinated against COVID-19, she added.

As part of efforts to boost community immunity against COVID-19, the Indonesian government rolled out a nationwide vaccination program on January 13, 2021, targeting 208,265,720 citizens.

According to the task force data, as of March 26, 2022, nearly 195,719,065 Indonesians have received their first COVID-19 jab, 157,569,955 have been fully vaccinated, and 19,650,168 have received the booster shot.

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Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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