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Jakarta Post

68 percent of COVID-19 deaths recorded in Jakarta as nationwide fatalities rise to 25

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 19, 2020   /   04:44 pm
68 percent of COVID-19 deaths recorded in Jakarta as nationwide fatalities rise to 25 A test tube with a coronavirus name label is seen in this illustration taken on Jan. 29. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic)

Indonesia's death toll from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has risen to 25 on Thursday, with 68 percent of the fatalities recorded in Jakarta, the hardest-hit region, which has reported the majority of cases in the country.

The Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, said Jakarta had recorded five new fatalities on Thursday, bringing the total to 17 deaths in the capital.

Central Java reported three new fatalities, while West Java, Banten, Bali, East Java and North Sumatra reported one new fatal case each, he said.

The number of infected people has reached 309, as the government recorded 82 new cases as of 12 p.m. on Thursday. A total of 210 confirmed cases -- 52 of which were new – were recorded in Jakarta alone.

"The mortality rate is 8 percent with 25 deaths out of [309] patients with the disease," Yurianto told a press conference on Thursday.

The average global mortality rate from the coronavirus is about 3.9 percent

Yurianto also said most of the fatalities were patients whose ages were 45 to 65 years old, most with preexisting illnesses, including hypertension, diabetes and heart failure.

“There was only one fatal case of a 37-year-old [patient] with the disease," he added.

Banten recorded 10 new cases on Thursday, followed by Central Java with four and South East Sulawesi with three.

Yogyakarta, West Java, East Kalimantan, Riau Islands and South Sulawesi each reported two new cases, while Riau reported one new infection.

“Despite the increasing number, we can also confirm that 15 patients have recovered from the disease,” Yurianto added. (glh)