Indonesia reports 703 new Covid-19 cases, 49 new deaths

Indonesia reports 703 new Covid-19 cases, 49 new deaths
JAKARTA (Xinhua): The Covid-19 (coronavirus) cases in Indonesia rose by 703 within one day to 29,521, and the death toll increased by 49 to 1,770, Achmad Yurianto, a Health Ministry official, said at a press conference here on Friday (June 5).

According to him, 551 more people have been discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 9,443.

The pandemic has spread to all the 34 provinces in the archipelagic country. However, no more positive cases were found in six provinces as of 12:00 p.m. local time on Friday.

The provinces are Aceh, Riau, Bengkulu, East Nusa Tenggara, West Sulawesi and Gorontalo.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has called on his administration to pay more attention to the spread of the COVID-19 in three provinces with high number of cases, namely, East Java, South Sulawesi and South Kalimantan.

“I want the Task Force, ministries, military force and police force to concentrate on the three provinces with the high number of cases,” the president said at a virtual limited cabinet meeting at the State Palace in Jakarta on Thursday.

As of Friday, East Java reported 141 new cases, bringing the total to 5,549 cases.

South Sulawesi recorded 54 new cases, with total at 1,776.

Meanwhile, South Kalimantan reported 71 new cases, increasing the total cases to 1,213.

Authorities have been conducting coronavirus tests in the affected areas and ordered the public to always wear masks to curb the spread.

The government is preparing for the so-called “new normal,” under which the public would be allowed to resume their routines.

More than 300,000 military and police personnel have been posted in nearly 2,000 places, including shopping malls, traditional markets, and tourism spots in four provinces and 25 regencies or cities. – Xinhua/Asian News Network