Indonesian health authorities confirmed Wednesday that the total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 400,000 eight months into the outbreak.
According to Health Ministry data released on Wednesday afternoon, there were 4,029 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the overall tally to 400,483. A total of 13,612 people have died of the disease, while 325,793 people have recovered.
Jakarta remains the country’s epicenter of the outbreak with 103,552 cases as of Wednesday, followed by East Java with 51,732.
The announcement was made as people began an extended weekend after the government declared Oct. 28 and Oct. 30 collective leave days for the public holiday celebrating the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (Maulid) on Thursday.
Epidemiologists warned that the long holiday weekend would be a test for the country.
National COVID-19 task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito urged people to consider all risks when deciding to go on a holiday. He reminded the public to adhere to the government’s strict health protocols on wearing masks and washing hands regularly.
He also encouraged offices to take anticipatory measures by taking note of employees with plans to go on vacation in regions that have been declared medium- or high-risk zones.