Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – While the government has claimed an increase in the number of regions that are COVID-19 free and categorized as low-risk zones, epidemic risk mapping shows that 57 cities and regencies are still classified as red zones, or areas with high rates of transmission.
According to data from the COVID-19 national task force, 13 out of the 57 high-risk areas were the capital cities of their respective province.
The data showed East Java had recorded the highest number of red zones with 13 cities and regencies followed by South Kalimantan with 11. As of Friday, East Java has surpassed Jakarta, the first epicenter of COVID-19 transmission, with 10,901 confirmed cases compared to 10,796 in the nation's capital.
Additionally, 157 cities and regencies were categorized as orange zones with a medium risk of infection, while 188 were classified as yellow zones or low-risk areas. The remaining 112 were either completely free of the disease or have not recorded any new cases in four weeks, with a 100 percent recovery rate of patients.
An epidemiologist on the national task force, Dewi Nur Aisyah, said the percentage of green and yellow zones had gradually increased. On May 31, regions listed as low-risk or COVID-19-free zones comprised 46.7 percent of the 514 cities and regencies while on June 21, the figure had risen to 58 percent.
"Overall, we saw improvements in cities and regencies," Dewi said during a press conference hosted by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency on Tuesday.
At the press conference, task force chief Wiku Bakti Bawono Adisasmito said the team had used 15 indicators to assess the risks in cities and regencies.
As of Friday, Indonesia has recorded 51,427 cases of COVID-19, the highest in Southeast Asia, with 2,683 fatalities and 21,333 recoveries.