Indonesia Reports Record High 1,383 COVID Deaths

Due to Delta variant.
FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker in personal protective equipment takes a swab sample from a person to test for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during mass testing at a school in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 2, 2021.
Photo/s: REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana

Indonesia reported a record high 1,383 deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, according to data from the Southeast Asian country's coronavirus taskforce.

The country also reported 33,772 new cases, taking Indonesia's total coronavirus caseload to nearly three million, with 77,000 deaths. Indonesia is currently grappling with the worst coronavirus outbreak in Asia.

COVID-19 cases in Indonesia are currently among the highest in the world due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant, despite the imposition this month of the strictest restrictions on the movement of people so far during the pandemic.

Pandemic-linked restrictions were extended to July 25 as the number of coronavirus infections remained high, aiming for a gradual easing of curbs next week if infections drop, President Joko Widodo said on Tuesday.

Indonesia had imposed COVID-linked restrictions on July 3 for the island of Java and Bali and other cities across the archipelago, including having workers of non-essential businesses work from home, curbing travel, and closing shopping malls.

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