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Indonesia reports record 9,321 new COVID-19 infections

Indonesia reports record 9,321 new COVID-19 infections

Pedestrians wear masks as a precaution against COVID-19 in Jakarta, Indonesia, Oct 5, 2020. (Photo: AP/Achmad Ibrahim)

JAKARTA: Indonesia on Thursday (Jan 7) reported a daily record 9,321 new coronavirus infections, bringing its total cases to 797,723, data from its COVID-19 task force showed.

It was the second consecutive day of reporting record infections. Thursday's data showed 224 people died due to the virus, bringing total fatalities to 23,520.

READ: Indonesia records biggest daily rise in COVID-19 infections, to impose more targeted restrictions to fight outbreak

Indonesia's chief economic minister Airlangga Hartarto  announced on Wednesday 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.

READ: Indonesia Islamic council hopes for halal ruling before mass vaccination

On Tuesday, Indonesia's health minister said the country will begin its nationwide COVID-19 mass vaccination programme on Jan 13. 

President Joko Widodo is set to be receive the first shot. The programme will launch in Jakarta and continue on to other regions after two days.

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Source: Reuters/ga

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