Indonesia reports a low 903 newly-confirmed Covid-19 cases and 50 more deaths on Tuesday (Oct 19)

JAKARTA, Oct 19 (Xinhua): The number of Covid-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 903 within one day to 4,236,287, with the death toll adding by 50 to 143,049, the country's Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

According to the ministry, 1,530 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of patients recovering from Covid-19 to 4,076,541.

To date, at least 109.00 million people in Indonesia have taken their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccines, 64.00 million have been fully vaccinated and some 1.07 million Indonesians have received their third doses, the ministry added.

Indonesia is planning to make available Covid-19 booster shots to its general public early next year to anticipate the third wave of coronavirus infections, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto said on Monday at a virtual press conference.

Healthcare workers across the archipelago country have received their third doses since July.

Meanwhile, Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said on Tuesday that at least 1,862 houses in the resort island of Bali were damaged by earthquakes measuring 4.8 and 3.8 magnitude last Saturday.

Of the 1,862 houses, BNPB's spokesman Abdul Muhari said 617 were severely damaged, 1,203 were lightly damaged and 42 were moderately damaged.

Some roads were cut off by rock slides but workers have cleared most of them using excavators.

A 4.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Bali early Saturday, followed by an aftershock measuring 3.8.

BNPB recorded that three people died, eight were seriously injured and 74 others were slightly injured. - Xinhua

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