The Jakarta Post
The Health Ministry has announced that another 102 people recovered from COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total number of recovered patients in the country to 548 and thereby exceeding the death toll for the first time in nearly a month.
Health Ministry Disease Control and Prevention Director General Achmad Yurianto said that the official total of COVID-19 fatalities rose to 496 on Thursday, an increase of 27 from Wednesday.
"We should be thankful that today the accumulated number of recovered patients in Jakarta is 202, in East Java 86, in South Sulawesi 42, in Bali 32, in West Java 28, which, combined with other provinces, results in a total of 548 recovered patients," Yurianto said in a press conference on Thursday.
The last time the number of recovered patients exceeded the number of deaths was March 17, when the total death toll was seven, while the number of recoveries was nine.
However, there are concerns that the death toll is underreported as, according to the Jakarta administration, 1,038 bodies have been buried under COVID-19 protocols in the capital alone as of Wednesday. Those include suspected patients who died before being tested for COVID-19 or before their test results came back, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said.
Yurianto also announced 380 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases nationwide to 5,516.