JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Covid-19 continues to tighten its grip on Indonesia, as the number of Indonesians affected by the pandemic shot up to more than 2 million people.
The surge came following an increase in the number of daily cases, deaths, as well as those who are hospitalized by Covid-19.
The country’s Covid-19 Task Force noted that the number of cases stands at 2,004,445 people over a 24-hour period to Monday, June 21.
“The daily number of cases reached 14,536, which is the highest to be detected over a 24 hour period since President Joko Widodo confirmed the first [Covid-19] case on March 2, 2020 ,” the Task Force said to the media.
The daily case number broke the previous number of 14,518 cases on January 30.
On the other hand, “294 people died [of Covid-19], bringing the number of fatalities up to 54,956, while the number of Covid-19 patients who recovered stands at 1,801,7761,” the Task Force noted.
“The number of active Covid-19 cases now stand at 147,728, while another 124,845 are listed as suspected Covid-19 cases.”
President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo admitted that the unprecedented explosion in case numbers forced the government to redouble its efforts to mitigate Covid-19.
“Aside from applying Micro-Scale Restriction of Community Activities [PPKM], we will also step up mass vaccinations against Covid-19,” he said.
“We have vaccinated an average of 716 thousand people on a daily basis. We are targeting one million vaccinations against Covid-19 to reach herd immunity against the pandemic.”
President Jokowi added that Indonesia has procured 104,728,400 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from Sinovac, AstraZeneca, and Sinopharm. “The number of vaccines are part of the nearly 427 million doses that we secured from bilateral and multilateral diplomacy.”
However, he reminded the country that the best defense against Covid-19 is still compliance with health protocols, such as wearing masks, washing hands, and maintaining social distancing.
The Task Force confirmed that Covid-19 has been detected in 510 regencies and cities throughout Indonesia’s 34 provinces, or 99 percent of Indonesian territory.
The current surge in Covid-19 numbers is attributed to millions of people heading back to their hometowns during the Eid al-Fitr or Idul Fitri Islamic holidays last May, in defiance of a government ban on the annual practice.
(Writers: Haryanti Puspa Sari, Dian Erika Nugraheny | Editors: Bayu Galih, Icha Rastika)
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