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19 Jul 2020 | 07:27 AM UTC

Indonesia: Record daily high in new COVID-19 deaths reported on July 19 /update 30

Record daily high in new COVID-19 deaths on July 19; follow government directives



On Sunday, July 19, Indonesian authorities announced that they had recorded the highest daily increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) deaths, with 127 associated fatalities recorded in 24 hours, bringing the national total to 4143. According to a government spokesperson, most of the deaths were recorded in East Java and Central Java. Additionally, 1639 new positive cases were recorded over the previous 24 hours, with a total of 86,521 since the pandemic began. 

Authorities in Indonesia have resisted implementing a full lockdown, citing a weak economy, and have instead implemented green, yellow, orange, and red zones, depending on the level of infection, with varying levels of restrictions. However, the country has struggled to contain the outbreak and has the highest rate of infection in southeast Asia.

Previously announced COVID-19 mitigation measures remain in place, including the prohibition of all entry and transit by foreign nationals into or through Indonesia. These measures include the entry of foreign workers. Wearing face masks in public is also mandatory. However, foreigners with a limited stay permit card (Kitas), permanent stay permit card (Kitap), or other similar permits will still be allowed to enter the country.

Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

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