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Indonesia Virus Cases Pass Half Million Mark

Indonesia Virus Cases Pass Half Million Mark

Monday, 23 November, 2020 - 09:45
FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective masks walk at a shopping mall as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 8, 2020. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Indonesia’s coronavirus caseload has surpassed the half million mark, with 4,442 new infections reported on Monday, data from the country’s health ministry showed.

Southeast Asia’s biggest and most populous country has the region’s highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

The new cases raised the country’s total to 502,110, the highest toll in Southeast Asia and second in Asia only to India’s more than 9.1 million confirmed cases.

The ministry said that the death toll from the virus is 16,002, and that it has been adding 3,000-5,000 daily cases since mid-September, The Associated Press reported.

Over the past few months, the government has made all-out efforts to secure the procurement and supply of potential COVID-19 vaccines for Indonesians through a bilateral and multilateral cooperation scheme as part of its fight against the disease, which has posed a serious threat to public health and the economy.

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