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Jakarta Post

Indonesia focuses COVID-19 tests on worst-hit provinces

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Bandung   /   Thu, March 26 2020   /  12:57 am

After receiving medical supplies from China, the country will conduct COVID-19 tests in Jakarta, West Java and Banten, focusing on vulnerable groups including medical workers.

The government had distributed around 125,000 COVID-19 rapid testing kits by Tuesday, mainly to the three provinces hardest-hit by the pandemic. Jakarta has received 100,000 testing kits while West Java has secured 20,000 test kits.

West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said the tests in the country’s most populous province would be targeted at cities and regencies around Jakarta and Bandung, where most confirmed cases and deaths have been discovered. The areas include Bogor, Bogor city, Depok, Bekasi and Bekasi city — all part of Greater Jakarta.

“The test is not for all West Java residents. If someone is healthy, has no symptoms and does not work in a high-risk profession, they don’t have t...