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Indonesia records daily record of COVID-19 cases, again

  • Alya Nurbaiti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 8, 2020   /   05:40 pm
Indonesia records daily record of COVID-19 cases, again Gearing up: Medical staff check a room prepared for COVID-19 patients at Pertamina Jaya Hospital in Cempaka Putih, Jakarta. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Indonesia announced 1,853 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the highest single-day increase since the emergence of its first cases in early March, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 68,079.

National COVID-19 task force spokesperson Achmad Yurianto’s daily report also showed that 50 more people died from the disease, which puts the death toll at 3,359.

East Java, the country’s new epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, again reported the highest spike on Wednesday with 366 new cases. Jakarta also saw its largest daily increase with 357 new cases. Central Java recorded 205 new cases while South Sulawesi saw 166 cases and South Sumatra saw 156 cases.

Yurianto said the spike of COVID-19 cases did not necessarily mean there was an increase in the number of COVID-19 inpatients.

“Most of the newly confirmed cases are people with mild to no symptoms who don’t need to be isolated in hospitals. We have ordered them to self-isolate at their respective homes,” Yurianto said during a press briefing on Wednesday.

Health authorities have reported 31,585 recoveries as of Wednesday.