Indonesia: Number Of Covid-19 Deaths Highest In ASEAN

Java is Indonesia’s coronavirus epicentre.

KUALA LUMPUR, May 14 — With 21 more individuals confirmed dying of Covid-19 in Indonesia, the country now has had 1,028 fatalities due to the pandemic.

The government’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, was reported by the Jakarta Post as saying in his daily press briefing yesterday that the confirmed number of Covid-19 cases had now reached 15,438.

Wednesday’s reported figure of 689 new cases was the highest number thus far in the daily number of confirmed infections.

Most of the cases in Indonesia seen thus far are located on the island of Java. Jakarta has had 5,554 confirmed cases and 449 deaths. West Java has 1,556 cases and 98 deaths, while East Java has 1,722 cases and 163 deaths.

Almost 70 per cent of the Indonesia’s total cases and 81 per cent of total fatalities are from this region. It is also where 1,991 recovered patients of the 3,287 reported thus far are located.

There have been calls for the provincial governments to impose lockdowns or large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) for the entire region.

Jakarta and West Java, are the only provinces thus far, which have enacted restrictions in movement and activities. The latter has declared a state of emergency.

The number of fatalities makes Indonesia the country with the highest number of Covid-19 related deaths in ASEAN.

As of Wednesday, Indonesia has conducted 169,195 PCR tests across the country, which translates to 628 tests per million individuals. In comparison, Malaysia has tested 7,500 per million.

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