Covid-19 Red Zones in Indonesia Increase to 65

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe national Covid-19 mitigation task force announced an exponential increase in the number of regions classified as red zones, or at a high risk of coronavirus transmission, within the past week.

    “The weekly mapping of virus risk zone as of August 30, 2020, showed there is a quite large hike in red zones to 65 regencies/cities, compared to the previous week’s 32 high-risk regions,” said the task force spokesman, Wiku Adisasmito, in a press conference on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

    According to the Covid-19 task force spokesman, there are 43 new regencies/cities across 16 provinces categorized as red zones, as follows:

    - Aceh: South Aceh, West Aceh, Pidie, Southwest Aceh, Nagan Raya, Banda Aceh City

    - North Sumatra: Dairi, Binjai City, Tebing Tinggi City, Gunungsitoli City

    - West Sumatra: Agam, Bukittinggi City

    - South Sumatra: Lubuklinggau City

    - Riau: Batam City

    - West Java: Bekasi, Bekasi City, Depok City

    - East Java: Malang, Banyuwangi, Blitar City, Malang City, Pasuruan City, Batu City

    - Central Java: Surakarta City, Semarang City

    - Banten: Tangerang, Tangerang City

    - Bali: Tabanan, Klungkung, Bangli, Karangasem

    - West Nusa Tenggara: Sumbawa, Mataram City

    - South Kalimantan: Banjar, Barito Kuala, Banjarmasin City

    - East Kalimantan: Penajam Paser Utara

    - North Sulawesi: Minahasa, Minahasa Utara, City of Manado

    - Southeast Sulawesi: Kendari City

    - West Papua: Sorong

    “We ask regional heads of the 43 regencies/cities to work even harder along with their communities to improve the alarming conditions,” Wiku said.

    He added that the number of regions at a medium-risk Covid-19 transmission also rose to 230 from 222. Meanwhile, the low-risk areas dropped to 151 from last week’s 189 regions. The green zone areas slightly increased by 1 to 42.

    “While regions that have no Covid-19 cases decrease from 30 to 26 regencies/cities,” Wiku outlined.

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