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Three ministry offices in Jakarta become hotbed of coronavirus contagion

  • Ivany Atina Arbi
    Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 1, 2020   /   07:03 pm
Three ministry offices in Jakarta become hotbed of coronavirus contagion In isolation: An asymptomatic COVID-19 patient is seen through the window of Hotel U Stay in West Jakarta, on Wednesday. The hotel is being used to quarantine asymptomatic COVID-19 patients and those with mild symptoms from West Jakarta and South Jakarta. (JP/P.J. Leo)

Three ministerial offices in Jakarta have become a hotbed of COVID-19 transmission, emerging as the largest virus clusters in the country's government and commercial hub, according to the latest official record.

Data published by the Jakarta administration shows that the Transportation Ministry has 319 confirmed cases as of Wednesday, the highest among other clusters across the capital, including government offices, private companies, traditional markets and houses of worship.

The offices of the Health Ministry and Defense Ministry recorded the second and third-highest cases, with 262 and 147 infections to date, respectively.

The data is available on the administration’s official website for COVID-19 handling, corona.jakarta.go.id. 

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The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) and Jamii Taman Sari Mosque in West Jakarta have also recorded some of the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases, with 116, 89 and 80 cases, respectively. 

Home to over 10 million people, Jakarta is Indonesia’s COVID-19 epicenter.

The city saw an additional 1,253 cases on Thursday alone, bringing its overall tally to 74,989 as of Thursday, or around a quarter of the country’s total 291,182.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan reinstated large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in mid-September following a spike in new daily infections that started after partial lockdown measures were loosened in June.

The policy, which requires residents to stay at home and avoid crowds to break the chain of transmission, will remain in place at least until Oct. 11.