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Indonesia's Covid-19 Cases Near 90,000 Mark

July 20, 2020, 07.11 PM

JAKARTA, – Indonesia's Covid-19 cases are nearing the 90,000 mark with 88,214 people stricken by the coronavirus as of Monday, July 20.

"This number came about after 1,693 people were afflicted in 27 provinces," said Covid-19 Task Force spokesman Achmad Yurianto at the daily Covid-19 briefing in Jakarta on Monday, July 20.

“The number of deaths currently stands at 4,329 people after [the latest daily numbers report] 98 people died of Covid-19.” 

The increase comes a day after the country recorded its highest death toll last weekend, when 127 people died from the illness within 24 hours.

"However, the number of recovered cases also increased by 1,578 people to 46,977.”

Also read: Indonesians Believe Coronavirus is a Lie: Covid-19 Task Force

Yurianto noted that East Java remained the province hardest hit by Covid-19 with 18,716 cases following an increase of 354 people. Jakarta came second with 16,712, after an additional 361 people contracted the virus.

Yurianto urged businesses to take extra precautions, since the surging number of cases occurred when offices start to reopen during the transition large-scale social distancing period that is currently in force since last May.

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“If offices plan to hold meetings, they should ensure that none of the participants is ill. They should be held in well-circulated areas where social distancing is possible, in line with government and WHO guidelines,” he said.

“If there are too many people in a meeting, it should be done in multiple sessions or online.”

“The management should also refrain from preparing food or drinks. They should also impose time limits of around 30 minutes to conduct the meeting as efficiently as possible.”

To date, Indonesia has more Covid-19 cases than China, the country where the coronavirus was first detected last January. The latter currently has more than 83,000 cases. 

(Writers: Deti Mega Purnamasari, Achmad Nasrudin Yahya | Editor: Krisiandi)


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