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Jakarta Post

More and more testing

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, March 30 2020   /  01:22 am

Indonesia’s two worst-hit provinces, Jakarta and West Java, have conducted mass rapid testing over the past week in an intensified effort to get a grasp on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tests, which use blood serum, were conducted at hospitals, public health centers and drive-through clinics to minimize contact between people.

In the capital, 121 additional cases of COVID-19 were discovered after testing more than 10,000 people. On Sunday, West Java found 30 more cases after testing 20,000. Most of the tests were conducted in the province’s peripheral areas, such as Bogor and Depok, which are close to Jakarta.

The first wave of rapid testing — which is targeting about 100,000 people who are under surveillance, have had close contact with confirmed cases or are in high-risk professions — was not enough. The country had confirmed more than 1,000 cases and more tha...