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Jakarta Post

Largest cluster in Jakarta at Health Ministry

  • Alya Nurbaiti and Budi Sutrisno


Jakarta   /   Sat, September 19 2020   /  01:00 am
Waiting to be tested: Workers wait to undergo a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) swab test at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building in Jakarta, on Monday. The tests were held after seven KPK employees tested positive for COVID-19 from May to July. Since the reopening, offices have become new clusters of the coronavirus in the capital.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

In a somewhat ironic turn of events amid the country’s fight against COVID-19, the Health Ministry office in Kuningan, South Jakarta, turns out to be the largest virus cluster in the capital, according to local health officials.   A data visualization by the Jakarta administration shows that the ministry had 252 confirmed cases as of Friday, more than any other cluster across the capital, including offices, traditional markets and places of worship.   Other government offices are also recorded among those with the most cases, namely the Transportation Ministry (175), the Corruption Eradication Commission (106), the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (89), the Tanjung Priok Marine and Coast Guard Base Class I (88) and I-News TV (87).   A number of high-ranking government officials are also among those infected with the virus. Jakarta secretary Saefullah...