Indonesia extends restriction amid Covid-19 pandemic as country's Covid-19 total balloons over 1.609 million

JAKARTA, April 19 (Xinhua): The Indonesian government has extended its community activity restrictions (PPKM) until May 3 and expanded it to five more provinces, according to an official on Monday.

"Based on the evaluation, the previous five restrictions succeeded in reducing the number of Covid-19 cases, and then we extended it again," Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto said.

Hartarto explained that the positivity rate now fell to 11.2 percent from 29.42 per cent in Feb. 9, 2021.

The bed occupancy rate in hospitals currently ranges between 34 and 35 per cent.

The five provinces that are currently enforcing the restrictions are West Sumatra, Jambi, Bangka Belitung, Lampung, and West Kalimantan.

The Covid-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 4,952 within one day to 1,609,300, with the death toll adding by 143 to 43,567, the Health Ministry said on Monday.

According to the ministry, 6,349 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 1,461,414.

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

Specifically, within the past 24 hours, West Java recorded 1,421 new cases, Jakarta 973, Central Java 678, East Java 253 and Riau 227.

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