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Jakarta Post

Testing disparity hinders fight against coronavirus

  • Sausan Atika

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 12 2020   /  01:00 am
To support Indonesia to increase the quantity and quality of COVID-19 testing services, the New Zealand Government has contributed an additional NZ$500,000 (Rp 4.5 billion) to the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology. Just last month, New Zealand had made an initial contribution of NZ$150,000 (Rp 1.3 billion) to the Eijkman Institute to enable more testing services.(Courtesy of New Zealand embassy/-)

ealth authorities are demanding that Jakarta’s satellite cities follow the capital’s lead in increasing the testing capacity, as the capital deals with more and more COVID-19 infections amid relaxed restrictions and rising mobility. The number of new positive cases in Jakarta continued to exceed that of other provinces over the last few days with 462 new infections, 184 recoveries and 12 new deaths as of Tuesday. In total, the capital has seen 26,624 confirmed infections, putting it ahead of second-placed East Java, which has logged 25,917 cases. Authorities claim the high figures are due to the massive scale of testing and aggressive contact tracing the city has undertaken since it began gradually reopening the economy. Jakarta, a special administrative region, remains the only province to meet the World Health Organization’s recommendation for the mini...