Indonesia surpasses China with highest coronavirus cases in East Asia

SUBMIT PICTURE: A healthcare worker using protective gear strolls through a traditional market as swab samples are collected from suppliers to be evaluated for the coronavirus illness (COVID-19), in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 25,2020 REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia surpassed China on Saturday as the country with the most verified coronavirus cases in East Asia with 84,882 infections, and authorities stated the real infection rate might be greater due to undetected cases.

Information from the country’s COVID-19 job force revealed 1,752 new coronavirus infections on Saturday and 59 deaths, taking the coronavirus-related death toll to 4,016

China, where the first cases of the coronavirus were reported late in 2015, has actually had 83,644 cases as of Friday, with 4,634 deaths.

” There are possibility of undetected positive cases without signs,” stated task force representative Achmad Yurianto, adding that authorities would continue to prioritise contact tracing.

Epidemiologists have actually criticised the government for enforcing milder constraints than its neighbours to control the pandemic and for the restricted scope of screening.

Some limitations were alleviated in early June, even as cases continued to rise, to allow for resumption of some economic activity.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan this week delayed further loosening up of curbs, consisting of holding off the resuming of movie theaters. The capital city reported 346 brand-new cases on Saturday, its greatest day-to-day increase, with eight brand-new casualties.

The country’s most populated province, West Java, will start fining people who are not wearing face masks in public locations beginning July 27, its Guv Ridwan Kamil stated on Twitter.

( This story has actually been refiled to fix garbled phrase in final paragraph)

Reporting by Tabita Diela; Additional reporting by Yuddy Cahya; Modifying by Gayatri Suroyo and Frances Kerry


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