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Indonesia records 400,000 COVID-19 cases at start of long weekend

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 28, 2020   /   08:00 pm
Indonesia records 400,000 COVID-19 cases at start of long weekend A worker wearing a face shield and a mask wipes a protective screen on a table at a restaurant, as the Indonesian capital kicks off a two-week transitional period of eased restrictions, after the pace of coronavirus disease infections slowed, in Jakarta on Oct. 12. (REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana)

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.

Read also: Stay at home during long weekend holiday: COVID-19 task force

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.