Medical workers, volunteers and patients do morning exercise at the COVID-19 quarantine house in Tangerang District, Banten. (ANTARA)
The Task Force for COVID-19 Response has targeted to raise the COVID-19 recovery rate for COVID-19 patients in Indonesia to nearly 100 percent in 2021.
"We must achieve the recovery rate target of 100 percent and lower the mortality rate," spokesman for the Task Force for COVID-19 Response Prof. Wiku Adisasmito noted in the task force's press statement released on Friday.
Adisasmito remarked that the active cases, recovery rate, and mortality rate are the indicators of achievement to contain the transmission of COVID-19. Indonesia recorded 735,124 COVID cases as of December 30, 2020, with 603,741 patients, or 82.12 percent, recovering from the COVID-19; and 21,944 patients, or 2.9 percent, succumbing to the infection. According to the task force, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Indonesia varied from one district or city to another. However, the number of active COVID-19 cases in 27 districts and cities elicits attention since the figure has exceeded one thousand.
Adisasmito remarked that the map of coronavirus transmission risks showed 44 districts and cities are categorized as orange zones, or areas with a moderate risk of COVID-19 transmission in 16 consecutive weeks, starting from September 6 to December 27, 2020. However, 16 districts and cities were categorized as red zones, or areas with a high risk of COVID-19 transmission in six consecutive months over the course of time.
"We hope in the first month of 2021, or January 2021, we would be able to make breakthroughs to turn the zones into green zones. We have learnt much for 10 months, so there is nothing.
President Joko Widodo had stated in early November 2020 that the recovery rate for COVID-19 patients in Indonesia has increased to 82.84 percent, which is higher than the global average of 72 percent. Moreover, the country’s COVID-19 case rate currently stands at 13.78 percent, which is lower than the global average of 25.22 percent, Widodo informed while chairing a plenary cabinet meeting here in early November of 2020//ANT