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Indonesia reports new daily COVID-19 record, total cases top 800,000

Indonesia reports new daily COVID-19 record, total cases top 800,000

A man sits by the grave of a COVID-19 victim amid pouring rain at Keputih cemetery in Surabaya on Jan 7, 2021. (Photo: AFP/Juni Kriswanto)

JAKARTA: Indonesia reported on Friday (Jan 8) a record daily number of new COVID-19 cases for the third successive day with 10,617 infections, bringing the total to more than 800,000, data from the country's COVID-19 task force showed.

The biggest country in Southeast Asia also reported 233 more COVID-19 deaths, taking that total to 23,753.  

READ: Indonesian clerics declare Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine halal

Indonesia's chief economic minister Airlangga Hartarto on Wednesday said that the government will impose two weeks of increased COVID-19 restrictions in parts of its most populous island of Java and the resort island of Bali from Jan 11, in an effort to support hospitals and reduce fatality rates.​​​​​​​

The measures include changes to opening hours for malls and limited capacity at restaurants and places of worship.

Indonesia will also begin its mass vaccination programme on Jan 13 beginning in Jakarta, with President Joko Widodo set to be given the first shot.

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Source: Reuters/zl

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