Jakarta (ANTARA) - COVID-19 cases are continuing to decline outside Java and Bali islands, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto, informed at a limited press conference on the evaluation of community activities restrictions, accessed here on Monday.

"For cases outside Java and Bali, they are still low and declining. The active ones are in North Sumatra, South Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, South Sumatra, South Sulawesi, and Central Kalimantan," he said.

The highest increase in cases is still being seen in Java and Bali islands, which account for almost 95 percent of the total national cases, Hartarto added.

The community transmission rate has reached eight per 25 people per 100 thousand on a national scale.

“So, according to the levels (established by) the WHO (World Health Organization), we are still at Level 1. The standard is 20 per 100 thousand," the minister informed.

The effective reproduction rate has relatively reduced in the past three weeks: from 1.27 to 1.26, before touching 1.24. Meanwhile, the effective reproduction rate on each island is above 1.

Outside Java and Bali islands, Sumatra has recorded an effective reproduction rate of 1.29, followed by East Nusa Tenggara, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi at 1.8 each, and Maluku at 1.08.

“Then, outside Java and Bali islands, the transmission of commodities that began to rise was in Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan, and others from 385 districts and cities are still at Level 1, both from bed occupancy rate and isolation are still at adequate levels," he added.

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As for the results of the evaluation of community activities restrictions outside Java and Bali islands, they have been maintained at Level 1, as set before, and the restrictions will remain in place till the end of July. However, an exception has been made for Sorong, West Papua, which has been placed at Level 2.

On a national scale, the number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia is considered low. Based on the seven-day moving average, a number of countries have seen a fairly rapid increase in cases, such as the United States with 134 thousand cases, Australia with 40 thousand cases, India with 18 thousand cases, France with 90 thousand cases, Singapore with 9 thousand cases, and Indonesia with 3,240 cases.

As for the vaccination rate, the regions that still have less than 70 percent coverage outside Java and Bali islands are West Papua and Papua. As for the second dose, 10 provinces have continued to record a vaccination rate of less than 70 percent. Meanwhile, the booster vaccination coverage in 28 provinces has been pegged at less than 30 percent.

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Translator: Kuntum Khaira R, Mecca Yumna
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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