World Bank approves $500mil financing for Indonesia disaster response; Covid-19 nearing 1 million

JAKARTA, Jan 22 (Reuters): The World Bank said on Friday it has approved a $500 million loan for Indonesia to strengthen its financial response to natural disasters, climate risks, and health-related shocks as its Covid-19 numbers blows over 965,000 and nears the dreaded one million mark.

"This support will help the government deliver a more targeted and timely response, reducing the impact of disasters and helping to protect Indonesia's development progress," Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said in a statement.

Indonesia, an archipelago located at the so-called "Pacific ring of fire", has nearly 130 active volcanoes and is hit regularly by earthquakes and sometimes by tsunami.

A recent 6.2-magnitude quake in West Sulawesi killed at least 84 people and displaced more than 30,000.

Besides, the tragedy is Sulawesi and also Covid-19 issues, Indonesia are also currently battling flood and landslide problems which has its own death toll and thousands being displaced from their homes.

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 13,632 within one day to 965,283, with the death toll adding by 250 to 27,453, the country's health ministry said on Friday.

Indonesia's numbers are among the highest Asia and also the highest in South-East Asia. It's daily numbers are also among the highest in the world.

According to the ministry, 8,357 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 781,147.

The virus has spread to all the country's 34 provinces.

Within the past 24 hours, Jakarta recorded 3,792 new cases, West Java 2,441, Central Java 1,796, East Java 1,056 and South Sulawesi 629.

No more new positive cases were found in Maluku province. - Reuters
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