The Jakarta Post
Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara, reported zero new COVID-19 cases for six consecutive days from Oct. 24 to 29, but it continues to be categorized as a medium-risk “orange” zone, according to the local coronavirus task force.
The provincial capital does not yet meet the criteria of being a green zone, said Mataram COVID-19 task force head I Nyoman Swandiasa as quoted by kompas.com on Friday.
Green-zone parameters include zero new cases or a decrease in cases for two weeks after transmission reached its peak, as well as a decrease in the number of people under surveillance and receiving treatment, and a decline in deaths.
Mataram has confirmed 1,273 COVID-19 cases as of Friday, of which 1,082 have recovered, 87 have died and 104 are still in isolation.
Swandiasa emphasized the importance of the entire community’s involvement in efforts to turn Mataram into a green zone by “implementing the 3M health protocols: menggunakan masker [wearing masks], mencudi tangan [washing hands] and menjaga jarak [keeping a distance].”
Meanwhile, data from the Health Ministry released on Friday shows that provinces Gorontalo, West Sulawesi and North Maluku have had no new COVID-19 cases.
They have so far confirmed 3,007, 1,000 and 2,196 cases, respectively.
The Health Ministry announced 2,897 new infections nationwide on Friday, bringing the total to 406,945. Eighty-one more people have died of the disease, bringing the death toll to 13,782.
The total number of recovered patients has also increased to 334,295.
Jakarta recorded 612 new cases, bringing its tally to 104,847, while West Java reported 320 new cases, West Sumatra 301, East Java 222, Central Kalimantan 205 and Central Java 195.
The most recent update of the COVID-19 risk zone map showed that 20 regions are still classified as red zones with a high risk of transmission, 360 others orange zones, 115 are yellow zones with a low risk of transmission and seven are green zones.(iwa)
Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.