672 new COVID-19 cases in Indonesia, 50 more deaths

JAKARTA (XINHUA) – COVID-19 cases rose 672 within one day to 31,186 in Indonesia, with the death toll adding by 50 to 1,851, a health ministry official told a press conference yesterday.

Achmad Yurianto said 591 more people had been discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 10,498. The pandemic spread to the 34 provinces in the archipelagic country.

As of noon yesterday no more positive cases were found in eight provinces, namely, Aceh, North Sumatra, Riau, Bengkulu, Jambi, Central Kalimantan, West Kalimantan and East Nusa Tenggara.

The Indonesian government is preparing for the so-called ‘new normal’, under which the public will be allowed to resume their routines with social distancing measures.

People wait for medical staff to call their names to take swab samples to test for the COVID-19 coronavirus at a traditional market in Denpasar, Bali. PHOTO: AFP