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Daily COVID-19 cases decline, in line with virus testing

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    Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Thu, November 5 2020   /  05:48 am
People wait in line to take rapid antibody tests and COVID-19 swab tests at the Patirot Candrabhaga Stadium in Bekasi, West Java on Oct. 2. Apart from housing asymptomatic patients, medical workers also conduct COVID-19 testing at the stadium. JP/Dhoni Setiawan(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

In the past few days, the number of COVID-19 infections has shown a downward trend. At the end of September and early October there were almost 5,000 positive cases daily, lately the number has decreased to below 3,000 cases. The number of COVID-19 positive cases reported on Oct. 31 was 3,143, down to 2,696 the next day and 2,618 on Monday before a slight increase to 2,973 on Tuesday. However, although the reported number of daily cases has decreased, the number of tests has also declined. The KawalCOVID19 initiative has recorded a decrease in tests and specimen examinations across the country. Acting director general of disease prevention and control at the Health Ministry, M. Budi Hidayat, said the decline in tests was because cases had also tended to fall. "The number of suspected cases has dropped, as well as the number of samples. In some provinces, cases have...