New COVID-19 cases hit records in Indonesia: Task Force data

Jakarta Indonesia, on Thursday, reported record number of new COVID-19 cases, with 9,321 new infections, thereby bringing the tally to 797,723 cases, according to data of the Task Force for COVID-19 Response.

The country also recorded 6,924 additional recoveries, thereby bringing the total recovery count to 659,437.

With 224 others dying, the death toll reached 23,520.

Currently, Indonesia has 114,766 active cases or patients undergoing independent care and isolation after being confirmed to have contracted COVID-19. Moreover, 68,753 people are categorized as suspects.

The government today examined 68,019 specimens from 44,791 people in 566 laboratories across Indonesia, thereby bringing the total number of examined specimens to 7,713,307 from 5,150,808 individuals after the first two cases of COVID-19 surfaced in the country in March 2020.

The country's COVID-19 positivity rate touched 15.5 percent.

Provinces reporting the highest number of fresh cases comprised Jakarta, with 2,398 cases; followed by 1,416 in West Java; 998 in Central Java; 948 in East Java; and 479 in East Kalimantan.

The only the province to have reported fewer than 10 new cases was Maluku, with a single case.

In the meantime, Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto spoke of restrictions being tightened in specific areas in all six provinces on Java Island and Bali Province on Jan 11-25, 2021, to curtail a spike in COVID-19 cases.

"Limited restrictions are applied in the Java-Bali provinces, as the provinces meet one of the four set parameters," Hartarto remarked during a virtual press conference here on Wednesday.

Restrictions will be fully tightened in Jakarta and its adjoining areas, including Bogor City, Bogor District, Depok, Bekasi City, and Bekasi’s districts, the minister affirmed.

In Banten Province, restrictions will be made more stringent in Tangerang City, Tangerang District, South Tangerang, and Tangerang Raya.

In West Java Province, measures will be imposed in Bandung, West Bandung District, and Cimahi District, in addition to Bogor and Bekasi, which are suburban areas of Jakarta.

In Central Java, restrictions will be tightened in Semarang Raya, Solo Raya, and Banyumas Raya.

Gunung Kidul District, Sleman District, and Kulon Progo in Yogyakarta will face tightened restrictions.

Tighter restrictions will be applied in Malang Raya and Surabaya Raya in East Java.

Moreover, restrictions will be increased in Denpasar City and Badung District in Bali.

Source: Antara News

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