Indonesia saw a significant increase in COVID-19 case numbers this afternoon, with the death toll from the viral disease rising to 19.
Achmad Yurianto, Indonesia’s spokesman for COVID-19-related matters, said at a press conference in Jakarta that 55 people have tested positive for the coronavirus since yesterday, bringing the total caseload in the country to 227.
Here are the numbers of new COVID-19 cases by province:
Jakarta – 30
West Java – 12
Banten – 4
Yogyakarta – 1
Central Java – 2
North Sumatra – 1
Lampung – 1
Riau – 1
East Kalimantan – 1
Unspecified – 2
The government has yet to provide a full breakdown of COVID-19 cases by province.
Of the 227 patients, Achmad said that 11 have recovered, comprising nine from Jakarta and one each from Banten and West Java.
Sadly, 19 have died from the viral disease, with Jakarta contributing to 12 deaths, followed by Central Java with two, and Bali, Banten, West Java, East Java, and North Sumatra with one each.
Achmad said that the huge jump in the death toll — which was at seven just yesterday — was the result of the central government finally receiving the appropriate data from hospitals across Indonesia’s vast regions, many of which have not updated their numbers since March 12.
The spokesman added that a huge spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases is to be expected in the coming days and weeks as test kits become more readily available throughout the country and increasing public knowledge about the disease means that more are willing to get themselves tested.
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