Foreign tourists to Indonesia in alarming drop as country logs another 6,680 cases as total goes above 1.34 million

A woman receives a shot of Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine during a mass vaccination for traders and workers at a shopping mall in Tangerang, Indonesia, Monday, March 1, 2021. - AP

JAKARTA, March 1 (Xinhua): The number of foreign tourists coming to Indonesia was recorded at 141,300 people in January 2021, dropping by 14.90 per cent compared to December 2020 and drastically decreasing by 89.05 percent compared to that in January 2020.

The drop was because the main markets of countries where tourists coming to Indonesia are still implementing lockdown policies due to the Covid-19 pandemic, head of Indonesia's Central Agency of Statistics Suhariyanto told a virtual press conference on Monday.

Suhariyanto said China, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia are Indonesia's main tourist markets, and 68 per cent of foreign tourists visited Indonesia by land, 31 per cent by sea and 1 per cent by air.

Indonesia also posted an inflation of 0.10 per cent in February, down from 0.26 per cent in the previous month, the Central Agency of Statistics announced on Monday.

The agency's head Suhariyanto said the inflation occurred due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Indonesian and world economies.

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 6,680 within one day to 1,341,314, with the death toll adding by 159 to 36,325, the Health Ministry said on Monday.

According to the ministry, 9,212 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 1,151,915.

Within the past 24 hours, Jakarta recorded 2,058 new cases, West Java 1,662, Central Java 657, East Kalimantan 437 and East Java 341.

No more new positive cases were found in two provinces, namely West Kalimantan and Maluku. - Xinhua
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