COVID-19 death toll in Indonesia surpasses 700

JAKARTA (Xinhua) – The Indonesian government reported 31 new deaths of COVID-19 yesterday, raising the total fatalities in the archipelagic country to 720, the highest in Southeast Asia.

At a press conference, the government’s spokesperson for the COVID-19-related matters Achmad Yurianto said that there were 396 new confirmed cases, bringing the total number of infections to 8,607.

Meanwhile, 40 more people have been discharged from hospitals, making the total number of recovered patients at 1,042, he said. According to data provided by Yurianto, the number of suspected COVID-19 cases is 19,084.

A flower vendor wearing a face mask waits for customers at a cemetery in Jakarta, Indonesia. PHOTO: AP