Indonesia reports record daily rise in COVID-19 cases

AKARTA (CNA) – Indonesia reported yesterday its record daily rise in COVID-19 infections with 6,267 cases, bringing the total to 534,266, data from the country’s COVID-19 task force showed.

This was the third record high in a week for the country. The previous high was 5,534 new cases, reported on Wednesday.

The data showed 169 more COVID-19 deaths, taking the total fatalities to 16,815.

Indonesia has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in Southeast Asia.

The country surpassed more than half a million COVID-19 cases last Monday, with cases averaging about 4,000 in November.

Monday’s data also showed a seven-day average of 4,495 and a positivity rate of more than 16 per cent for three successive days.

A health worker takes a swab test sample from a woman for COVID-19 test in Medan, North Sumatra. PHOTO: XINHUA