Indonesian President Joko Widodo insisted on Monday to increase the capacity to perform daily COVID-19 tests by 50 percent after the country most affected by the Southeast Asian pandemic exceeded 75,000 cases of coronavirus.
The President has therefore asked the government to increase the number of tests for the detection of coronavirus cases to 30,000 per day, for which a larger number of laboratories will be available, particularly in Jakarta, the epicenter of the pandemic in the country, and in Eastern Java.
“I want to improve testing and improve the tracking of infections and treatments in eight provinces,” he said at a meeting with key government ministers. In Indonesia, 1,681 cases of coronavirus have occurred in the last 24 hours, increasing the total number of infections to 75,699 since the pandemic started. In addition, the death toll has risen to 3,606 after another 71 deaths have occurred.
Health officials have warned that more than half of the new cases have been registered in East Java and Jakarta, where the main outbreaks occurred in the country.
As the President warned, the pandemic caused an economic crisis that was greater than that of 1997 and affected both large and small companies. On July 9, when the country registered a record number of cases, Widodo warned that it was a “red flag”.