Wednesday, 12 Aug 2020

Indonesia sees record coronavirus cases after military academy cluster

JAKARTA (BLOOMBERG) – Indonesia reported a record jump in daily coronavirus infections on Thursday (July 9) after outbreaks in a military academy compound in West Java and an industrial area.

There were 2,657 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 70,736, according to the health ministry data, while 58 people have succumbed to the disease, raising the death toll to 3,414. Indonesia has the highest number of cases and fatalities in South-east Asia.

West Java province reported 962 new cases, ahead of 517 cases reported in East Java, after local authorities found two clusters of infections. Both incidents have been isolated and under control according to Dr Achmad Yurianto, spokesman for the government task force.

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