COVID-19 cases in Indonesia surpass 8,000

JAKARTA (XINHUA) – The Indonesian government yesterday announced 436 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the archipelagic country to 8,211.

At a press conference, the government’s spokesperson for the COVID-19-related matters Achmad Yurianto said that there were also 42 new deaths, taking the total number of fatalities to 689, the highest in Southeast Asia.

Yurianto also said that 42 more people have been discharged from hospitals upon recovery, taking the total number of recovered patients to 1,002.

According to him, the total number of suspected COVID-19 cases across the country is 18,301. Jakarta, home to some 10 million people, suffers the highest number of deaths totalling 326, followed by West Java 77, East Java 67, Central Java 54 and the rest recorded in other regions.

A parking attendant covers his head with a water bottle amid the coronavirus outbreak in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. PHOTO: AP