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June 9, 2020, 06.44 PM

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Jakarta has a total of 8,276 Covid-19 patients as of 9 June including 239 new infections.

The daily infection rate on Tuesday is the highest ever recorded since the capital city announced its first Covid-19 cases on 3 March.

Based on public data from the Jakarta Provincial Government, 3,369 individuals have recovered from the highly contagious virus while 547 patients have died.

Also Read: PSBB Transisi Jakarta: Kasus Baru Covid-19 Terus Meningkat, Sempat Tertinggi Se-Indonesia

Tuesday’s figures also bypass the previous peak of infection rate that took place on 16 April which stood at 223 cases.

The record-breaking number comes following Jakarta’s transition to the ‘new normal’. The transition period falls under Phase 1 of easing lockdown which began on Friday, 5 June.

Phase 1 enabled businesses across 11 sectors to receive the green light in gradually reopening operations.

The sectors are Healthcare, Energy, ICT, Finance and Banking, Logistics, Hospitality, Construction, Food & Beverages, and companies operating in the strategic industry as well as essential businesses.

An evaluation of Phase 1 is expected to be carried out at the end of June 2020.

Offices and the business community have been asked to abide by public health protocols and guidelines as part of the reopening.

In doing so, the Jakarta Provincial Government hopes to prevent the potential setback of re-tightening lockdown measures.

In the four days since its transition into the new normal, Jakarta recorded an increase in the number of daily Covid-19 infections.

During the first day of gradual easing of lockdown measures, Jakarta recorded 84 new Covid-19 cases and topped 160 new Covid-19 cases that Sunday.

Tuesday’s daily infection report was a blow to Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan who recently claimed that the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the city was under control.

“Our peak was in mid-April and the cases have since decreased up to today,” he said.

The Jakarta Provincial Government pushed ahead at easing lockdown as a growing number of districts moved to the yellow zones and green zones.

Red zones still apply in 66 community units (RW) throughout the capital. Jakarta remains one of the regions reporting the highest number of daily Covid-19 infection cases. (Writer: Nursita Sari | Editor: Nursita Sari)

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