Anies Baswedan: Jakarta Records Zero COVID-19 Burial in 24 Hours for First Time

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  • Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan delivers a speech in the inauguration of the Greater Jakarta Transportation Integration at Tebet Station, Jakarta, Wednesday, September 29, 2021. TEMPO/Daniel Christian D.E

    Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan delivers a speech in the inauguration of the Greater Jakarta Transportation Integration at Tebet Station, Jakarta, Wednesday, September 29, 2021. TEMPO/Daniel Christian D.E

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaJakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said that for 24 hours, starting at 6:00 PM on October 6 until 6:00pm October 7, 2021, the city's Park and Forest Agency received no request for burial under the COVID-19 protocols.

    "This record of zero death cases is not for celebration because the pandemic is certainly not over yet. Thanks to God's permission and our efforts, a day without a death case of COVID-19 is possible," Anies wrote in his Instagram account, @aniesbaswedan, on Thursday evening, October 7, 2021.

    According to Anies, the joint efforts of the city administration and the public are what make such conditions possible. Anies reminded the public to maintain compliance with the health protocols and get the COVID-19 vaccine.

    "We have experienced difficult conditions like last July. Don't let us go back to that point," Anies underlined.

    Back in July 2021, the city recorded more than 100 deaths a day. The government had even expanded the COVID-19 burial ground in Rorotan, North Jakarta, as the Pondok Ranggon Cemetery was full.

    The Health Agency reported on Thursday, October 7, 2021, that there were 149 confirmed infections in the capital city. The figure was obtained from PCR tests on 18,395 people. The number of active cases rose by 33. "There are now 1,701 people who are still being treated or isolated," said the agency's official Dwi Oktavia in a written statement on Thursday, October 7, 2021.

    Over the past week, Jakarta's COVID-19 positivity rate was recorded at 0.8 percent, lower than the WHO's standard of 5 percent.

    ADAM PRIREZA