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Indonesia reports 2,081 new COVID-19 infections, 79 more deaths

Indonesia reports 2,081 new COVID-19 infections, 79 more deaths

File photo of students at a school amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Padangpanjang, West Sumatra province, Indonesia, Aug 13, 2020. (Photo: Antara Foto/Iggoy el Fitra via REUTERS)

JAKARTA: Indonesia on Sunday (Aug 16) reported 2,081 cases of COVID-19 and 79 more deaths, according to data from Indonesia's COVID-19 governmental task force.

This takes the total number of infections in the world's fourth-most populous country to at least 139,549 cases, with more than 6,000 deaths.

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo on Friday proposed a 2,747.5 trillion rupiah (US$185 billion) budget for 2021, with measures designed to focus on accelerating economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile the Jakarta city government decided last week to again extend a partial lockdown to control the spread of COVID-19. The lockdown will now be in place until Aug 27.

This followed an increase in the occupancy rate of COVID-19 isolation wards and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds over the past two weeks in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on Thursday.

READ: Spike in occupancy rate for Jakarta's COVID-19 wards over the past 2 weeks

Indonesia will be given priority access to the formula for the Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccine once the candidate obtains regulatory approval, an official said on Wednesday.

This is among the benefits of Indonesia participating in the late-stage human trial of the vaccine candidate produced by Sinovac Biotech, which is one of the few vaccine candidates in the world to enter phase 3 clinical trials. 

If the trials are successful, Bio Farma will produce the vaccine at its facility in Bandung.

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Source: Reuters/dv

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