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Jakarta Post

Data discrepancies persist five months into pandemic

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 12 2020   /  01:00 am
A medical worker prepares the isolation room of Bung Karno Regional Hospital in Surakarta, Central Java, on March 27. The hospital has dedicated its four isolation rooms for COVID-19 patients. Antara/Mohammad Ayudha (Antara/Mohammad Ayudha )

Data discrepancies have continued to be a problem for Indonesia five months since it announced its first COVID-19 cases, prompting concerns about outdated data and declining public trust in the government. Central Java, for instance, recorded on its website 11,007 total confirmed cases, with 3,641 active cases and 1,014 deaths as of 12 p.m. of Sunday. However, according to the central government's tally, Central Java's cases stood at 10,611, with 3,978 active cases and 723 deaths as of Sunday. There is a 291-figure gap between the reported fatalities and a 396-figure gap between the confirmed cases. Local administrations update their data on 12 p.m. every day – the same cut-off time for daily data collection by the Health Ministry. Using data from the Central Java administration, the case fatality rate stands at 9.2 percent, yet with the central government's...