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Indonesia records highest one-day increase of COVID-19 cases amid easing policy

  • Alya Nurbaiti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 9, 2020   /   05:47 pm
Indonesia records highest one-day increase of COVID-19 cases amid easing policy Commuters line up to enter Bogor railway station in Bogor, West Java, on Monday, the first day of Jakarta's transition period to a "new normal" and loosened large-scale social restriction (PSBB) measures. (Antara/Arif Firmansyah)

Indonesia recorded its highest COVID-19 increase in a single day with 1,043 new confirmed cases on Tuesday, a day after the government started easing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in several provinces.

According to Health Ministry data, the country has recorded 33,076 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 1,923 fatalities and 11,414 recoveries as of Tuesday.

Jakarta, which previously saw a declining trend, recorded the highest spike with 232 new cases, followed by 220 new cases in East Java, 180 in South Sulawesi and 91 in South Kalimantan.

It was the country’s highest increase in a day after recording 993 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday.

Read also: ‘Transitional PSBB’: A deciding chapter for Jakarta’s new normal

The spike came as the government and several regional administrations began to loosen restrictions in a bid to begin an economic recovery under the so-called “new normal”.

Jakarta imposed its first 14-day PSBB period on April 10 by closing schools, offices and places of worship. The capital began its transition phase on Monday and will gradually reopen public places such as offices, restaurants, houses of worship, parks and zoos.

The Jakarta administration has also allowed public transportation to operate as usual and loosened restrictions on private vehicles.

Governor Anies Baswedan previously said the city administration decided to start its transition as many parts of the capital had turned from red zones to green or yellow zones, indicating a declining number of COVID-19 cases.