The Jakarta Post
As many as 282 people in Jakarta have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus after thousands of rapid tests were carried out in the province, a city administration official says.
The positive cases were found among a total of 17,534 people whose blood samples were taken for the rapid tests as of Tuesday, said Jakarta's COVID-19 Task Force's deputy head, Catur Laswanto.
“The Jakarta administration has performed the rapid test across all five cities and the Thousand Islands regency,” Catur told reporters during a press briefing at the City Hall on Tuesday.
He said said the 282 people are to undergo further screening by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests using swabs to confirm the initial results.
As of Tuesday, Jakarta -- the country's epicenter for the COVID-19 outbreak -- has reported 741 confirmed cases, nearly half of the national tally of 1,528.
Of the confirmed cases in Jakarta, 84 patients had died of the contagious disease while only 49 had recovered.
The Jakarta administration has declared and extended a state of emergency over COVID-19 -- which first emerged in Wuhan city of China in December last year -- until April 19.
It closed offices and other business and suspended school, religious and public activities, forcing residents to stay at home. (dfr)