Indonesia: Cases rising and rising as Jokowi warns of Covid-19 second wave

A graduate, seen on a live video monitor attached to a movable doll, takes part in a graduation ceremony from her home as a preventive measure against the coronavirus in Semarang, Central Java on Tuesday (July 28). - AFP

JAKARTA, July 28 (Xinhua): The Covid-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 1,748 within one day to 102,051, with the death toll adding by 63 to 4,901, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

According to the ministry, 2,366 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 60,539.

The virus has spread to all the country's 34 provinces.The ministry also said the number of suspected cases across the country is 46,648.

Meanwhile, 36,611 patients infected with the coronavirus are currently under medical treatment.

Earlier in the day,

Indonesian President Joko Widodo warned the people on Tuesday of possible second wave of the Covid-19 transmission.

The warning came amid the resurgence of the virus in some foreign nations after the relaxation of lockdowns and reopening business activities.

Jokowi, as the president commonly known, called on the authorities to keep and step up precautionary strides in facing the threat.

"We must keep on alert over the possibility of the second wave and anticipating it," Jokowi told a limited cabinet meeting.

The threat came after the head of state conveyed the country's convincing economic growth prospect with an estimate of 5.4 percent next year as predicted by the International Monetary Fund.

"I think this is a high growth projection, and should this be materialized, it suggests that our economy will accelerate at the fastest pace among the global economic expansion," he said.

indonesia has recently eased restrictions applied to curb the virus spread along with the resumption of business activities and the reopening of tourist destinations under tight health protocols.

The spread of the Covid-19 virus in indonesia has been afloat with daily cases reaching over 1,500, emboldened by the enlargement of red zones or high-risk areas, still the upbeat over the vaccine availability for usage early next year helped offset the concern, according to the Covid-19 Task Force.

The number of red zones drifted to 53 this week from 35 last week and the number of orange zones jumped to 185 this week from 169 a week earlier, the country's Covid-19 Task Force said on Monday. - Xinhua
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