Indonesia recorded daily highs in new COVID-19 cases on three consecutive days last week. This culminated on Aug. 29, when the country confirmed 3,308 new cases, bringing the national tally to 169,195 confirmed cases.
Jakarta, the initial epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the country, recorded the highest number of new cases with 861.
It remains unclear whether the surge in infections resulted from the recent long weekends or from increased testing. Nevertheless, the record high in COVID-19 cases is a somber reminder for the public to stay home and follow health protocols.
Meanwhile, more workers are facing potential mass layoffs, as companies fail to cope with the economic pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some workers have taken to the streets to demand the House of Representatives do more to prevent further job losses.
The COVID-19 crisis aside, some people are facing other crises that threaten their livelihoods and safety. Farmers from Deli Serdang, North Sumatra, staged a rally in front of the State Palace in Jakarta, demanding President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo return their lands that were seized by a state-owned company.
Also in front of the State Palace, activists called on the government to pass a regulation on the protection of Indonesian crewmen. In the past several months, there have been a number of cases of mistreatment and violence against Indonesia crewmen aboard foreign fishing vessels, with some cases resulting in deaths. (dio)