Indonesia reports 915 newly-confirmed Covid-19 cases, 41 more deaths as virus issues comes under control in country


JAKARTA, Oct 15 (Xinhua): The number of Covid-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 915 within one day to 4,233,014, with the death toll adding by 41 to 142,889, the country's Health Ministry said on Friday.

According to the ministry, 1,408 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of patients recovered from Covid-19 to 4,070,807.

To date, at least 105.46 million people in Indonesia have taken their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccines, while 61.39 million have been fully vaccinated.

Some 1.05 million Indonesians have received their third doses, the ministry added.

The Indonesian government aims to vaccinate 208.2 million people in the country.

Meanwhile, international visitors from 19 countries with a Covid-19 positivity rate of less than five per cent have been allowed to come to indonesia, Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan had announced earlier.

These countries are Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), New Zealand, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Liechtenstein, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Poland, Hungary and Norway, reported Xinhua.

"This policy only applies specifically to direct flights to Bali and Riau Islands," Pandjaitan added.

They are allowed to enter this South-East Asian country if they test negative for Covid-19, have been fully vaccinated, and have health insurance as well as proof of booking accommodations for a five-day quarantine.

Bali is an Indonesian province with the most international visitors, while Riau Islands, in the west of the country bordering Singapore, ranked second for foreign tourist arrivals.

Indonesia also reopens flights for international visitors in the two provinces starting from Friday (Oct 14) as the Covid-19 pandemic has been brought under control. - Xinhua

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