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Indonesia Reports 407 New COVID-19 Cases, Overtakes PH As Country With Highest Number Of Infections In Southeast Asia

The country also reported 24 new deaths attributed to the disease.
by Ana Gonzales
Apr 17, 2020

The country recently surpassed Malaysia as the Southeast Asian country with the most number of COVID-19 cases. However, according to the most recent data from the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) coronavirus dashboard, Indonesia has overtaken both countries with 407 new coronavirus cases and a total caseload of 5,923.

Health Ministry Disease Control and Prevention Director General Achmad Yurianto reports 24 new deaths attributed to the disease. But for the first time in nearly a month, Indonesia’s total number of patients who recovered has exceeded the total number of deaths.

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"We should be thankful that today the accumulated number of recovered patients in Jakarta is 202, in East Java 86, in South Sulawesi 42, in Bali 32, in West Java 28, which, combined with other provinces, results in a total of 548 recovered patients," Yurianto said in a press conference, Thursday, April 16.

The Indonesian government urges its residents to self-isolate as the number of persons under investigation continues to increase, reaching a toll of 165,549.

Meanwhile, in the Philippines, as of writing, DOH reports that the number of people who recovered from the disease continues to increase, with 52 new recoveries—bringing the total to 487.

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