Indonesia needs to lift its game in terms of COVID-19 tests.
One of the most important things that countries need to be doing to help understand and stop the spread of COVID-19 is testing, as explained by ourworldindata.org.
Testing allows infected people to know that they are infected. This can help them receive the care they need, and it can help them take measures to reduce the probability of infecting others. People who don’t know they are infected might not stay at home and thereby risk infecting others.
Testing is also crucial for an appropriate response to the pandemic. It allows us to understand the spread of the disease and to take evidence-based measures to slow down the spread of the disease.
Tests by country
The first chart shows the number of tests and confirmed cases by country, as of 20 March 2020, 18.00 GMT, taking the population size into account.
The second chart plots the number of tests per million people, country by country. Testing is crucial – it was a huge part of South Korea’s ability to reduce the number of daily confirmed cases. South Korea was able to quickly manufacture and use a huge number of tests, showing that it is possible. It is vital that other countries follow South Korea’s lead.
Indonesia is way behind, having performed just 7 test per million people.