Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Indonesia has registered nearly 30,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus infections throughout the month, which becomes the toughest period in the country's struggle to contain the outbreak.
The number of cases has jumped by 82.94 percent to 29,914 in June, from 16,352 cases in May.
Cumulative cases in June alone account for 53 percent of the total cases since the outbreak was confirmed in early March.
Southeast Asia's biggest country now has 56,385 Covid-19 cases, including 2,876 deaths and 24,806 recoveries, according to the National Covid-19 Task Force.
Daily cases surpassed 1,000 for the first time in Indonesia on June 9 and hit a record 1,386 last Saturday.
East Java factor
The rapidly growing infection rate was mainly attributable to East Java, which has been emerging as the new epicenter of the Indonesian outbreak and seeing daily cases spike at an unprecedented pace since mid-May.
About one and a half months ago, Jakarta was the worst-hit province, leading East Java by more than 3,600 Covid-19 cases. However, the virus appeared to have found a new breeding ground in East Java, where cases began to spread faster than in the national capital.
By early June, the gap between the two provinces has been reduced to around 2,500 cases. East Java finally surpassed Jakarta as the province with the most Covid-19 cases last Friday and led by 712 cases on Tuesday.
During the whole month, daily Covid-19 cases in East Java averaged 243, in comparison to Jakarta's 136 cases.
South Sulawesi also reported three-digit figure in new Covid-19 infections almost on a daily basis. It has surpassed bigger and more densely-populated provinces like Central Java and West Java to become the third most-affected province since last month. It now has 5,084 cases.
West Java, the country's biggest province with a population of more than 49 million people, has put the outbreak relatively under control with only 3,218 cases so far to rank fifth after Central Java. It has a positive record of more recoveries than the number of active cases, 1,607 against 1,435.
The spread of the coronavirus is also gaining pace in Central Java, which outnumbered West Java last Friday.