Indonesia reports a very low 264 new Covid-19 cases and just one death on Sunday (Nov 28)


People receive a shot of the Sinovac's Covid-19 vaccine during a vaccination campaign at the Patriot Candrabhaga Stadium in Bekasi on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia. - AP

JAKARTA, Nov 28 (Xinhua): Indonesia on Sunday confirmed 264 new Covid-19 cases, raising its tally of infections to 4,255,936, according to the country's Health Ministry.

The ministry reported that the death toll from the virus in the country rose by one to 143,808, while 275 more people recovered during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 4,103,914.

Indonesia started mass Covid-19 vaccinations on Jan 13 after the authorities approved the emergency use of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine.

More than 138.53 million people have received their first doses of vaccines, while over 94.33 million have taken the second doses.

Indonesia has administered over 234.09 million doses, including the third booster jabs.

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

Meanwhile, Indonesia has banned international visitors who have travel histories from eight African countries in the last 14 days, to prevent transmission of the new, more contagious variant of coronavirus Omicron to the country, an official said on Sunday.

Arya Pradhana Anggakara, spokesman for the Directorate General of Immigration at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, said the eight countries are South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Eswatini, and Nigeria.

"If any foreigners from those countries come, they will be immediately refused at the immigration checkpoint" Anggakara added.

This Southeast Asian country also temporarily suspended visits and limited stay visas for citizens of those countries.

The policy is to take effect on Monday (Nov 29). - Xinhua

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