The Jakarta Post
Indonesia logged yet another daily record in coronavirus infections and fatalities on Friday as the national COVID-19 task force confirmed 5,828 new cases and 169 new deaths over the past 24 hours.
The country just broke its previous daily case record on Wednesday with 5,534 new cases. Meanwhile, the previous high for deaths in a day was on Sept. 22, when the country reported 160 new fatalities.
Friday's COVID-19 figures bring the tally to 522,581 cases and 16,521 deaths nationwide.
The task force also announced that another 3,807 people had recovered on Friday, bringing the tally to 437,456 recoveries. This means there are still 68,604 active cases in the country.
Jakarta still has the most cases on a regional level with 1,436 new infections, followed by Central Java with 963, West Java with 699, East Java with 428 and Banten with 191 new cases.
Outside Java, Riau and West Sumatra recorded 261 and 239 new cases respectively, while East Kalimantan booked 165, Lampung 157 and North, South and Southeast Sulawesi respectively logged 152, 141 and 102 new cases.
Central Java overtook East Java with the highest number of fatalities over the past 24 hours as it recorded 51 more deaths, bringing the total to 2,248. Meanwhile, East Java saw 39 new deaths for a total of 4,314 fatalities.
In Jakarta, 15 more people have died from the disease, putting the total death toll at 2,607 in the capital city.
However, according to the Central Java website, there were 77 new deaths over the past 24 hours, bringing total deaths to 3,537 and thus presenting a gap of over 1,000 deaths with the central government's data.
The provincial health agency head, Yulianto Prabowo, told the media recently that this discrepancy was due to the central government's data cleaning process and thus "should not be seen as a problem".
Several regions have reported increasing COVID-19 bed occupancy rates following the long weekend observed in the country in late October and several mass gathering violations recently.
A total of 39,435 people were tested on Friday, representing a 14.77 percent positivity rate nationwide, far higher than the World Health Organization's ideal rate of below 5 percent. Even then, the number of suspected cases – those who have yet to or are waiting to be tested – has continued to rise, standing at 67,836 cases as of Friday. (ars)