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Jakarta Post

COVID-19: A game of Snakes and Ladders?

  • Veeramalla Anjaiah


Jakarta   /   Thu, July 16 2020   /  02:14 pm
Not a solution: A family window-shops in late June while wearing masks at a shopping mall in South Jakarta. Shopping malls started reopening in early June under the eased restrictions of the 'new normal' phase, but the number of cases nationwide have jumped significantly, even as Indonesia sees a decline in the number of deaths.(JP/Arief Suhardiman)

As of July 14, it has been 227 days since SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, first appeared in Wuhan, China. The disease might be spreading rapidly all over the world now than ever before. There is a new trend related to COVID-19 that got my attention. The global total of confirmed cases as of July 14 is 13,445,145 cases with 580,229 deaths, but the number of deaths per day has been relatively stable compared to new cases. The death rate has averaged around 2,500 deaths per day since Dec. 1, 2019. This is very good news, as it means that, surprisingly, the infection fatality rate (IFR) has been less than 5 percent so far. Another surprising news is that around 59 percent of infected people have recovered from the disease. In some cases, however, people might risk reinfection if they are not careful. According to WorldoMeter, out of 13.44 million cases, 7,831,145 p...