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3.4 Million Covid-19 Cases in Indonesia, Surge still Occurs in Sumatra, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi

The increasingly widespread Covid-19 cases caused the daily Covid-19 cases to increase by 33,900 new cases on Tuesday (8/3/2021). Thus, the total ...

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TRIBUNBATAM.id - The increasingly widespread Covid-19 cases caused the daily Covid-19 cases to increase by 33,900 new cases on Tuesday (8/3/2021). 

Thus, the total number of Covid-19 cases in Indonesia now reached 3,496,700 cases, since the first confirmed case of Covid-19 on March 2, 2020. 

Meanwhile, the number of active cases increased by 978 cases, bringing the total to 524,142 people. This causes some hospitals are still struggling to accommodate patients. 

In the same data, the number of patients who died after being exposed to Covid-19 increased by 1,598, bringing the total to 98,889 people. 

In the same data, the number of recovered Covid-19 patients increased by 31,324, bringing the total to 2,873,669. 

Spokesman for the Covid-19 Task Force, Wiku Adisasmito, said that there had been an increase in Covid-19 cases in a number of areas outside Java for three consecutive weeks. 

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Almost all provinces on the island of Sumatra, said Wiku, still showed a spike in Covid-19 cases over the past three weeks. Only the Riau Archipelago has shown a decline. 

Meanwhile, conditions in all provinces on the island of Kalimantan are the same, except for West Kalimantan, where cases have declined. 

In addition, all provinces on the island of Sulawesi also increased during the last three weeks, except for Southeast Sulawesi and Gorontalo which experienced a decline. 

Therefore, Wiku asked to improve the handling of Covid-19 in areas where there was a spike in cases.

Local governments are asked to ensure that health service facilities in their respective areas are sufficient by converting hospital beds for Covid-19 patients or opening a centralized isolation area if needed. (*) 

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