Anies Baswedan Reveals Worrying Stats on Jakarta's COVID-19 Cases



Petir Garda Bhwana

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaJakarta Governor Anies Baswedan on Tuesday announced that the capital city experienced growth in daily reported cases of COVID-19, which is a trend that formed as we entered May that also coincides with Ramadan month where people seemingly stayed at home during the day but increased outdoor activities halfway through the night. 

    “We have seen increasing reports on daily cases as we entered May. It’s as if we are heading to the emergence of the second wave of transmission,” said Anies Baswedan in Tuesday’s virtual press conference.

    According to the governor, this comes as a contrast compared to March’s statistics that showed more people were remaining at home. The virtual press conference on Tuesday mainly elaborates data from a study conducted by the University of Indonesia School of Medicine (FKUI) that was mainly based on people’s mobile phone usage as reference. 

    “Nearly 60 percent of Jakartans stayed at home. This number saw a significant increase from 40 percent to 60 percent. Among the provinces in Java Island, Jakarta saw the highest jump,” Anies explained. 

    The data somewhat proves that the more people remain indoors, the lower COVID-19 cases were recorded. And vice versa, the rising number of daily COVID-19 cases is corroborated by the increasing number of outdoor activities.

    He asserts that people must stay at home during the afternoon and abide by the physical distancing protocol to bring the statistics down again. “Our goal is to reduce the number of daily positive cases of COVID-19.”

    As of today, Anies Baswedan extended the period of Jakarta’s large-scale social restriction (PSBB) for another 14-days. The third PSSB phase will start from May 22 up to June 4th. He maintains that the government intends to continue enforcing the protocol until the average number of people staying at home reaches 70 - 80 percent which will lower the potential of COVID-19 transmissions. 

    In his presentation, Jakarta has seen a total of 6,053 cases with 1,900 in-hospital treatment, 1,417 recoveries, and 487 deaths related to COVID-19.