Indonesia COVID-19 cases surpass 1,000 with highest one-day jump

Indonesia’s COVID-19 spokesman Achmad Yurianto giving his daily update of the outbreak in Indonesia. Photo: Indonesia Ministry of Health
Indonesia’s COVID-19 spokesman Achmad Yurianto giving his daily update of the outbreak in Indonesia. Photo: Indonesia Ministry of Health

Indonesia’s COVID-19 caseload spiked to 1,046 this afternoon, following an increase of 153 confirmed cases since the government’s latest update yesterday — the highest one-day jump in the country on record so far.

Achmad Yurianto, Indonesia’s spokesperson for COVID-19-related matters, announced the news in Jakarta today, saying that the significant case spike was mainly the result of local transmission of the coronavirus.

Achmad said 11 people have recovered from the disease — also the biggest one-day jump — since yesterday, taking the total to 46.

Sadly, nine people have died since yesterday, bringing the death toll from the virus to 87.

Achmad said that it’s imperative for the public to observe physical distancing measures in order to contain the spread of COVID-19. He added that the government has distributed 500,000 rapid test kits throughout Indonesia in order to identify more cases in the coming weeks. 

Indonesia confirmed its first two COVID-19 cases in March 2 after weeks of claiming it was free from the coronavirus outbreak due to, among other things, prayer.

The virus has now spread to 28 of Indonesia’s 34 provinces, with Jakarta being the worst hit so far with 598 cases and 51 deaths.

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