The coronavirus outbreak in Indonesia has not subsided. On Thursday (3/9), an additional 3,622 new cases were recorded in Indonesia, 1,359 of which came from Jakarta.

The 3,622 new cases of the Covid-19 virus are the highest recorded to date in Indonesia. The Greater Jakarta area reported 1,359 new confirmed cases, a record for the highest case increase at the provincial level.

A total of 184,268 confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in Indonesia. Of these, 132,055 or about 71.7% of patients have successfully recovered, while 7,750 or about 4.2% of patients with confirmed cases have died.

The increase in the number of cases is in line with the government’s efforts to increase testing capacity in laboratories. On Thursday (3/9), 37,597 samples were examined. This number far exceeds President Joko Widodo’s (Jokowi) target of 30,000 samples analyzed per day.

Spokesperson for the Covid-19 Task Force, Wiku Adisasmito, explained that currently vaccines are still in development. Until the vaccine is ready, the Covid-19 Task Force and local governments will continue to carry out efforts to control the coronavirus with balanced policies aimed at restricting further spread.

In addition, the public will continue to be encouraged to implement health relevant protocols.

“Local governments are in control of the situation in their respective regions; the opening of facilities may not necessarily open immediately. Pre-condition efforts must be made,” said Wiku.

“We must also determine which priorities take precedence and coordinate with the central government so as not to cause problems in the future,” he concluded.

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