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408 tourists in West Java test positive for COVID-19 during long weekend

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Mon, November 2, 2020   /   07:21 pm
408 tourists in West Java test positive for COVID-19 during long weekend Medical workers take blood samples from tourists in Puncak, Bogor, West Java on Oct. 29. The Bogor regency administration held free rapid and swab tests for COVID-19 during the government's extended holiday. (Antara/Yulius Satria Wijaya)

As many as 408 tourists have shown reactive results for coronavirus after the West Java administration conducted random COVID-19 rapid tests at 54 tourist destinations in 15 regencies and cities during the long holiday from Wednesday to Sunday last week.

“They have immediately undergone swab tests,” West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said after a coordination meeting with the West Java COVID-19 and economic recovery committee on Monday.

The tourists were currently waiting for the results of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, Ridwan said, while expressing hopes that not all of the 408 people would be confirmed positive for the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the results of a COVID-19 countermeasure evaluation in 27 regencies and cities in West Java showed that there was still a high potential for coronavirus transmission in Bekasi city this week.

“Last week was in Depok city. This generally fluctuates because there are movements of the people and so on,” said Ridwan.

The West Java COVID-19 committee has evaluated the province’s COVID-19 countermeasures using various indicators, ranging from testing, tracing and treatment capacity, to preventive policies and governance.

Although Bekasi city was still categorized as a “red zone”, Ridwan said the evaluation showed it had the best countermeasure performance last week, followed by Bogor city, Cimahi, Bandung and Cirebon.

As of Sunday, the country's most populous province had confirmed 36,583 coronavirus cases, including 26,282 recoveries and 721 deaths, according to the West Java COVID-19 information and coordination center (Pikobar).

Pikobar also reported that 703 out of 1,617 probable cases had turned fatal. (syk)