COVID-19 death toll in Indonesia rises to 198

JAKARTA (XINHUA) – The death toll of the COVID-19 in Indonesia climbed to 198 yesterday, while 2,273 cases were confirmed in the archipelagic country and 164 patients have recovered from the disease, the government’s spokesperson for COVID-19-related matters Achmad Yurianto said in a press conference yesterday.

Jakarta, home to some 10 million people, suffers the highest number of deaths totalling 95, followed by West Java 28, Central Java 18, Banten 17, East Java 14, and the rest recorded in other areas.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo declared a national public health emergency over the coronavirus pandemic. Authorities have been conducting rapid tests in areas where cases were detected, and urging the public to always wear masks in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The government turned the Wisma Atlet Kemayoran, the apartment towers in central Jakarta which were used to billet athletes competing in the 2018 Asian Games, into an emergency hospital intended to treat as many as 24,000 COVID-19 patients.

The government also built a COVID-19 emergency hospital on a 16-hectare site on Galang Island, which starts operation today.

A man ducks under a ‘No Entry’ banner set up at an alleyway at a low-income neighbourhood to keep outsiders away to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Jakarta, Indonesia. PHOTO: AP