Indonesia’s death toll soars to 78, highest number of deaths in a day

An immigration officer checks the body temperature to a foreign tourist who wishes to extend her visa as she is unable to fly home due to new coronavirus outbreak, in Bali, Indonesia Monday, March 23, 2020. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

The number of deaths caused by COVID-19 in Indonesia has soared to 78 as the Health Ministry announced 20 more deaths on Thursday, the country’s highest one-day death toll increase.

Jakarta is the province with the highest number of deaths with 46, followed by West Java with 11, and Central Java with six.

Indonesia’s death toll is the highest in Southeast Asia, followed by the Philippines with 45, and its mortality rate of 8.73 percent is among the highest in the world.

On Thursday, the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general Achmad Yurianto announced 103 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases nationwide to 893.

Jakarta still has the majority of cases with 515, an increase of 53 since Wednesday.

Another region with a significant increase was South Sulawesi with 14 new cases, more than doubling its total number of cases to 27.

“Four more people have recovered,” Yurianto said, adding that the total number of recovered COVID-19 patients in the country was 35.(mfp)

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