Jakarta (ANTARA) - The COVID-19 Handling Task Force has reported an upward trend in COVID-19 cases in Indonesia, with the overall caseload increasing by 616 as of Tuesday afternoon to reach 6,748,308.

As per data received from the task force here on Tuesday, the most positive cases came from Jakarta with 235 cases, followed by West Java with 156 cases, East Java 66 cases, Banten 55 cases, Central Java 46 cases, and Yogyakarta 23 cases.

The number of active cases also increased by 288 from the previous day to reach 5,837.

The addition of these two indicators contributed to 5 deaths on Tuesday, with the total death toll reaching 161,035. Of the 5 deaths, 2 were reported by Jakarta and 1 each by Central Java, Bali, and South Kalimantan.

A total of 20,141 specimens were examined in all laboratories, based on which, 1,540 people were declared to be suspected COVID-19 patients.

The task force also reported that 6,581,436 patients recovered from COVID-19, with 323 additional recoveries recorded as of Tuesday. Most of the recovered patients came from Jakarta (163), East Java (49), West Java (35), Banten (31), and Central Java (18).

The Indonesian government has continued to intensify COVID-19 vaccinations, with 488 people taking the first vaccine dose on Tuesday, bringing the total number of recipients to 203,824,766. Meanwhile, the total number of second-dose recipients reached 174,856,799, with 780 people taking the shot.

The number of third-dose recipients increased by 5,704 from the previous day to reach 68,648,943, while the tally of fourth-dose recipients climbed by 2,001 to reach 3,096,402.

Earlier, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, Muhadjir Effendy, said the Public Health Emergency status of COVID-19 will remain in place.

He explained that currently, there is another disease included in the emergency status, namely the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) in livestock.

The government will monitor the development of the COVID-19 pandemic until May 2023 and continue to apply the emergency status while it waits for directions from the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding changing the pandemic status to endemic, he informed.

The minister appealed to the public to still remain vigilant against COVID-19 and continue to implement the health protocols to protect themselves from the virus.

The community is also being urged to complete their vaccination to maintain their antibody levels ahead of the 2023 Eid al-Fitr homecoming.

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Editor: Azis Kurmala
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