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Jakarta Post

59 more die as Indonesia records second-highest daily spike in COVID-19 deaths

  • Rizki Fachriansyah
    Rizki Fachriansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 17, 2020   /   06:04 pm
59 more die as Indonesia records second-highest daily spike in COVID-19 deaths Health Ministry disease control and prevention director general Achmad Yurianto speaks at a press conference at the State Palace. (Antara/Sigid Kurniawan)

After weeks of relatively low official numbers of daily deaths, the Health Ministry announced 59 more COVID-19 deaths on Sunday, the highest one-day spike in over a month.

“We have confirmed that [the number of] positive COVID-19 cases has increased by 489 cases to 17,514. The number of recoveries has also increased by 218 cases to 4,129 patients, while deaths have jumped by 59 cases to 1,148,” the ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, said in a press conference on Sunday.

The previous highest daily increase in COVID-19 deaths was recorded on April 14, with 60 deaths. 

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Many believe the central government’s counting method has resulted in the underreporting of deaths, with provincial administrations reporting over 3,000 suspected COVID-19 deaths.

As of Saturday, crowdsourced database KawalCovid-19 had recorded a total of 3,657 deaths of patients suspected to have COVID-19, consisting of 3,560 patients under surveillance (PDP) and 97 people under monitoring (ODP), from the COVID-19 websites of a limited number of the 34 country’s provinces.

The actual number is likely to be much higher, as many provinces have chosen not to report PDP or ODP deaths, including hard-hit areas such as West Java, Bali and South Sumatra. 

Yurianto previously told The Jakarta Post that the Health Ministry was tracking the nationwide number of suspected deaths but would not be announcing the number to the public.