Positive cases in Indonesia were close to 1 million until Sunday (01/24) with the addition of 11,788 new cases, based on data from the task force for COVID-19 prevention - Photo by BNPB Office

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Positive case numbers in Indonesia were close to 1 million until Sunday (01/24) with the addition of 11,788 new cases, based on data from the task force for COVID-19 prevention. Total death toll also rose to 27,835 after recorded an additional 171 people and has recovered 798,810 since this virus spread early of last year.

In details, after two weeks ran the thigh large-scale social restriction active cases in Jakarta rose 34 percent to 24,224. Looking the  trend, the governor, Anies Baswedan, was decided to extend the community restriction in the capital from Jan. 26 until Feb. 8, 2021 inline with central government policy. The city’ total active cases recorded 208,583.

Then, West Java has been averaging 1,742 cases since Jan. 1, 2021, to record a total of 125,376 cases, including 1,517 deaths. Central Java 33,297 cases in a month to date for a total of 115,013, including 4,892 deaths.

The highest fatalities belong to East Java, where a total of 7,381 patients have died, out of a total of 106,162 cases. An uptick in cases is also reported by other hotspots like South Sulawesi, East Kalimantan, Yogyakarta, Bali and Banten province.

Since President Joko Widodo kicked off the vaccination program on Jan 13, more than 132,000 people have received their first doses as of Friday, about 22 percent of the government’ target in this month. Indonesia aimed to vaccinate 181 million people or around 70 percent of their population by the end of the 2021.

To help the government to curb the virus outbreak around the archipelago, Widodo considered to allow private company initiates the vaccination program to their employees and to broad the vaccine coverage. Earlier, he set a deadline until the end of 2021 to complete the vaccination, but later extended to March of 2022 due to slower-than-expected response from the supply side.

According to Wiku Adisasmito, the task force spokesperson, among the measures, the government also plans to significantly increase active healthcare workers and implement the convalescent plasma therapy to accelerate patient healing time. He said several regions in Java and Bali that have rates of active cases and deaths above the national average, recovery rates below the national rate are required to lockdown.

Recently, minister of health, Budi Gunadi Sadikin, explained that the tracing, tracking and treatment strategy developed by Indonesia for the pandemic was wrongly targeted. He revealed, who are tested by the country are those who want to travel, not people who are suspected and who have a history of living in an area that reports local transmission or contact with a patient of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

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