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Indonesia reports 1,821 new COVID-19 cases, 57 more deaths

Indonesia reports 1,821 new COVID-19 cases, 57 more deaths

A worker wearing protective suit holds a placard with total positive cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) written on it, at a central bus spot in Jakarta, Indonesia, Jul 27, 2020. (REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan)

JAKARTA: Indonesia reported 1,821 new coronavirus cases on Monday (Aug 17), bringing its infection total to 141,370, data from government's COVID-19 task force showed.

The Southeast Asian country also added 57 new deaths, taking its fatalities to 6,207, the highest coronavirus death toll in Southeast Asia.

READ: Indonesia to gain priority access to Chinese firm's COVID-19 vaccine formula for taking part in human trial

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 pandemic.

The Jakarta city government decided last week to again extend a partial lockdown to control the spread of the virus. 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 capital.

Indonesia has also been given priority access to the technical know-how on producing the Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccine once the candidate obtains regulatory approval, according to an official.

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 in the world to enter phase 3 clinical trials. 

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