COVID-19 in Indonesia, May

Indonesia // 29 May, 2020

At least 24,538 cases and 1,496 deaths. Outbreak.

See the Ministry of Health COVID-19 page (in Indonesian) for updates and the full list of locations reporting local transmission. The National COVID-19 hotline is 119 ext 9.

29 May: Local transmission has also been detected in Kupang City in Nusa Tenggara Timur. There have been 24,538 cases, of which 1,496 people have died and 6,240 have recovered. Cases reported in East Java have been overtaking cases in Jakarta in recent days and media are reporting hospitals in Surabaya City being overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. Surabaya is the second largest city in Indonesia after Jakarta, and clusters have been detected in a boarding school and factory.

23 May: Cases continue to steadily rise, with a total of 21,745 cases confirmed. Hundreds of daily cases are reported in the capital Jakarta, and with festivities to mark Idul Fitri (Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan) this weekend there is potential for further spread as people return to their hometowns and villages. Only a few of the provinces and cities have imposed movement restrictions.

20 May: Cases across all of Indonesia continue to rise, with the capital Jakarta and other five provinces on the island of Java accounting for around two-thirds of all cases confirmed. A total of 19,189 cases have been confirmed, and 1,242 people have died. The President continues to urge people to practise social distancing and wear a mask in the lead up and during Eid al-Fitr. In addition, a launch of locally designed research and innovation products includes several to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic, including testing kits and emergency ventilators.

15 May: Of the 16,006 confirmed cases, over 3,500 people have recovered and 1,043 have died. To tackle food insecurity in Jakarta and other populous cities, rice dispensing machines have been set up for those in need. Only three provinces (Aceh, Nusa Tenggara Timur and Sulawesi Barat) of the nation’s 34 provinces are yet to detect local transmission.

13 May: Cases continue to surge, with the highest daily number of new cases (689) confirmed in the last 24 hours. There have been 15,438 cases to date, although over 33,000 further people suffering from acute respiratory illnesses of unknown cause are suspected to have COVID-19. Of the official cases, 1,028 people have died and 3,287 people have recovered.

12 May: Ongoing cases reported, for a total of 14,265 confirmed cases. There have been 991 deaths confirmed and 2,881 people who have recovered. Jakarta remains the most affected area with over 36% of all cases, while the island of Java as a while accounts for 70% of cases and over 80% of fatalities. Local transmission has been detected in at least 30 of the country’s 34 provinces.

The Government is evaluating the implementation of large-scale social distancing being carried out in the provinces. Only three of the ten most affected provinces have implemented measures to date; DKI Jakarta, West Java and West Sumatra.

8 May: Over 700 new cases and 58 deaths added in the last 2 days – taking the total to 12,776 confirmed cases and 930 deaths.

6 May: Local transmission continues to be detected in additional areas; DI Yogyakarta and Bangka Belitung are new provinces and more regencies and cities in South Kalimantan and Gorontalo. A total of 12,071 cases and 872 deaths have been reported. Media reports that the government will revise its case data to include probable and suspected cases as testing is also ramped up.

4 May: A total of 11,192 cases have been confirmed after 1,000 new cases were added over the weekend. Of these 845 people have died, for a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) or 7.6%. The President has issued a directive on large-scale social restrictions which are in place across 12 districts of 4 provinces.

1 May: In the past 24 hours, confirmed cases have increased by 347, reaching past 10,000 cases. A total of 10,118 cases and 792 deaths have been confirmed. At least 1,522 people have recovered. Males account for 57% of all confirmed cases, and over half the cases are among the 30-59 years age group.

The Ministry of Health has announced that health services should increase telemedicine consults to adhere to movement restrictions that are in place. The President has further stated that the pandemic presents the country with an opportunity for reform of the health sector among others.

See April updates here.

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