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Jakarta Post

Indonesia confirms record daily COVID-19 cases for second day in a row

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 28, 2020   /   04:34 pm
Indonesia confirms record daily COVID-19 cases for second day in a row People wearing protective face masks sit at the park amid COVID-19 outbreak, in Jakarta on Aug. 22. (REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana)

Health authorities confirmed 3,003 new COVID-19 cases in Indonesia on Friday, bringing the official nationwide count to 165,887.

It was the second day in a row for Indonesia to record its highest daily COVID-19 increase. The previous highest daily toll was recorded on Thursday with 2,719 cases confirmed.

The official count also showed that 105 more people have died of the disease, bringing the death toll to 7,169.

Jakarta recorded the highest number of new cases with 869, followed by West Java with 526, East Java with 417 and Central Java with. 242.

Read also: COVID-19 contacts should be tested, regardless of symptoms: WHO

The capital has extended its transition period for large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) for another 14 days, from Friday to Sept. 10.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan urged the public to take health protocols more seriously by limiting their activity outside their homes, maintaining a safe physical distance and washing their hands with soap regularly in order to suppress the spread of COVID-19.

According to official records, the 3,003 new cases were detected after the government tested 16,649 people, bringing the national positivity rate (percentage of positive results from all tests) to 18 percent.

Three provinces reported no new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, namely West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and Bangka Belitung.