Indonesia reports 375 new coronavirus infections, 26 deaths (latest)

Indonesian policemen hold placards calling for members of the public to stay at home amid the Covid-19 andemic in Bandung, West Java, on Tuesday (April 21), a day before the implementation of large scale social restrictions by the local government. - AFP

JAKARTA: Indonesia reported 375 new Covid-19 (coronavirus) infection cases on Tuesday (April 21), taking the total in the South-East Asian country to 7,135.

Health ministry official Achmad Yurianto also reported 26 coronavirus deaths, taking the total to 616.

More than 46,700 people have been tested and 842 people had recovered, he added.

Earlier in the day, Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced the prohibition of the mass exodus tradition, locally known as "mudik", to curb the spread of Covid-19 ahead of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

"Today, I want to announce that 'mudik' will also be banned," the president said in at a limited cabinet meeting via teleconference.

Widodo said the government would set necessary measures to carry out the ban.

Earlier, the government issued regulations prohibiting civil servants, military and police personnel from returning to their hometowns.

Ramadan in indonesia will begin on Thursday evening and end on May 23. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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