Indonesia's Covid-19 total goes above 1.534 million as country now struggles against flood floods at East Nusa Tenggara


An elderly villager and her grandson stand in floodwaters in front of their damaged home in the village of Haitimuk in East Flores on April 4, 2021, after flash floods and landslides swept eastern Indonesia and neighbouring East Timor. - AFP

JAKARTA, April 4 (Xinhua): The Covid-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 6,731 within one day to 1,534,255, with the death toll adding by 427 to 41,669, the Health Ministry said on Sunday.

According to the ministry, 9,663 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 1,375,877.

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

Specifically, within the past 24 hours, Banten recorded 3,501 new cases, Jakarta 736, West Java 338, South Kalimantan 290 and Bali 255.

No new positive cases were found in three provinces, namely North Sulawesi, Maluku and North Maluku. Enditem



Meanwhile, the death toll of the flash floods in the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara stood at 41 on Sunday, with 27 people still missing, the country's disaster mitigation agency said at a press conference on Sunday evening (April 4).

Spokesman of Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Raditya Jati said that at least nine people were injured.

Floodwaters destroyed roads and bridges in several areas of the province's East Flores district.

The country's Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has said that extreme weather such as heavy rains, strong winds and huge waves may occur in parts of Indonesia, including West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara provinces.

Earlier, officials said 44 people were killed in the disaster. - Xinhua
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