Indonesia reports 38,679 new Covid-19 cases and extends highest Covid-19 measures to Aug 2

A US Army soldier, part of an initial batch of 330 of an expected 2,082 US personnel expected to take part in joint military exercises in August, undergoing a Covid-19 coronavirus test following the group's arrival in Palembang on Saturday (July 24). - AFP

JAKARTA, July 25 (Xinhua): Indonesia's Health Ministry said Sunday that Covid-19 cases in the country rose by 38,679 within the past 24 hours to 3,166,505 with the death toll adding by 1,266 to 83,279.

Another 37,640 recovered patients were discharged from hospitals, raising the total number of recoveries in the Southeast Asian country to 2,509,318, according to the ministry.

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

Indonesia is accelerating its massive vaccination programme while maintaining restrictions on public mobility in several regions amid the second wave of outbreak.

Indonesia, meanwhile, will extend its level 4, or the highest level of restrictions for the next eight days to control the transmission of Covid-19, President Joko Widodo said on Sunday.

"By considering the aspects of health, economy and social dynamics, we decided to continue implementing of the level 4 PPKM (public activity restrictions) from July 26 to Aug. 2," Widodo said in a virtual press conference.

Offices and shopping centers will be closed under the level 4 of restrictions. Meanwhile, traditional markets that provide groceries are allowed to operate fully with strict health protocols, while other shops are allowed to open with a maximum of 50 percent of visitors until 3:00 p.m. local time.

Small businesses such as street vendors, barbershops and laundry companies are allowed to operate until 9pm, and open-air restaurants until 8pm local time.

Widodo asked people to be vigilant against the highly contagious Delta variant and possible emergence of other more dangerous variants. - Xinhua

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