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Jakarta Post

No plans to redefine COVID-19 deaths: Task force

  • Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie


Jakarta   /   Thu, September 24 2020   /  01:00 am
Family members watch as gravediggers bury the body of a COVID-19 patient at the Pondok Ranggon cemetery in East Jakarta, on Monday. Despite efforts to curb the outbreak, the death toll continues to climb and the cemetery is expected to be out of space by October. JP/P.J. Leo(JP/P.J. Leo)

The national COVID-19 task force has dismissed a proposal to redefine what constitutes a COVID-19 fatality, after it was suggested that deaths among people with comorbidities should be categorized separately in the official tally. Previously, East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa had suggested to Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto that COVID-19 deaths among patients with comorbidities – the simultaneous presence of two chronic diseases or conditions in a patient – should be categorized differently from deaths among patients without comorbidities in the death toll. “As of now, the government has no plans to make the change proposed by the East Java governor,” task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito said in a statement issued on Tuesday. He added that the government followed the World Health Organization’s guidelines in tallying COVID-19 deat...