Indonesia reports 28,228 newly-confirmed Covid19 cases, 1,487 new deaths as govt announce new virus measures

A girl is in pain while receiving a dose of China's Sinovac Biotech vaccine for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) during a mass vaccination program at a school building in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday, July 26, 2021. - Reuters

JAKARTA, July 26 (Xinhua/Bernama): The Indonesian Health Ministry reported on Monday that the coronavirus cases across the country rose by 28,228 within the past 24 hours to 3,194,733 with the death toll adding by 1,487 to 84,766.

Additional 40,374 recovered patients were discharged from hospitals during the past day, raising the total number of recoveries from the pandemic in the Southeast Asian country to 2,549,692, according to the ministry.

Indonesia has the highest number of Covid-19 cases and deaths in the South-East Asia region.

The virus has spread to all the country's 34 provinces and the more transmissible Delta variant has contributed to the surges in Covid-19 cases in some of the country's regions.

On Sunday, the government decided to extend its ongoing four-tiered public activity restrictions, known locally as PPKM, on the country's most populated island of Java and the resort island of Bali until Aug. 2 with several minor adjustments.

The scheme is based on the standards by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Indonesia has allowed certain socio-economic activities to resume although public activity restrictions (PPKM) have been extended due to Covid-19 deaths going beyond 1,000 people.

From Monday (July 26), the Indonesia government permitted markets, small businesses, vehicle workshops, hair saloons to operate till 9pm with strict observation of health protocols, and the public is allowed a 20-minute duration for dine-ins at roadside stalls and restaurants.

"Considering the health aspects, economic aspects and social dynamics, I decided to extend the implementation of PPKM from July 26 to August 2, 2021," said President Joko Widodo in a post via the Presidential Secretariat’s YouTube channel.

Previously, PPKM Darurat was implemented from July 3 till July 25, where limitations on socio-economic activities were more rigorous.

According to data by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency via its Twitter account @BNPB_Indonesia today, there were 1,266 deaths recorded, increasing the total number of deaths due to the virus now to 83,279 people.

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