October 13, 2020, 12.08 AM

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesian President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo has instructed his officials to prioritize the Covid-19 handling in 12 regencies and cities that have more than 1,000 active cases.

Jokowi has given officials two weeks to effect this change in response to growing case numbers of Covid-19 patients who undergo treatment or self-isolation. 

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The 12 regencies and cities are North Jakarta, Central Jakarta, West Jakarta, South Jakarta, East Jakarta, Ambon, Bogor, Depok, Bekasi City, Jayapura, Padang, and Pekanbaru.

“The active cases in the 12 regencies and cities constitute 30 percent of the total active cases nationwide,” Jokowi said at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Monday, October 12.

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Indonesia recorded 4,497 new confirmed cases over the weekend, bringing the total number of infections to 333,449 since the first two cases were announced by the President on March 2.

Meanwhile, the country reported a death toll of 11,844. Currently, 255,027 patients have been recovered and 66,578 people are still under treatment or self-isolation.

(Writer: Ihsanuddin | Editor: Krisiandi)

Source: https://nasional.kompas.com/read/2020/10/12/10153171/jokowi-minta-12-kabupaten-kota-ini-jadi-prioritas-penanganan-covid-19.

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