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Jakarta, West Java doubt govt's COVID-19 figures

  • Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Arya Dipa and Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 6 2020   /  12:20 am
Command center: West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil (second right) examines the COVID-19 information system at the COVID-19 Information and Coordination Center in Bandung, West Java, on March 10. The center provides two hotlines for people who want to report cases or ask for health information. (JP/Arya Dipa)(second right) examines the COVID-19 information system at the COVID-19 Information and Coordination Center in Bandung, West Java, on March 10. The center provides two hotlines for people who want to report cases or ask for health information. (JP/Arya Dipa)

Command center: West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil (second right) examines the COVID-19 information system at the COVID-19 Information and Coordination Center in Bandung, West Java, on March 10. The center provides two hotlines for people who want to report cases or ask for health information. (JP/Arya Dipa)The governors of Jakarta and West Java, the two regions of the country hit hardest by the coronavirus outbreak, have suggested that the numbers of people infected and killed by the disease in the country are significantly higher than the central government’s official count.

They have said the Health Ministry has not been swift enough in testing potential COVID-19 patients.

According to The Jakarta Post’s calculations using data provided by the ministry’s daily outbreak briefings, the central government has conducted a daily average of 240 polymerase chain reaction (P...