Indonesia’s new infections decreased by more than 20 times in 2 months

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Family members pick up an elementary school student wearing a mask from school in South Tangerang city, Indonesia on September 13 – Photo: XINHUA

On September 13, the Indonesian Ministry of Health said that the country recorded an additional 2,577 cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 4,170,088 cases. This is the lowest number of additional infections per day in about 4 months since mid-May in this country.

At the peak of the epidemic, Indonesia recorded the number of new infections per day at 5-digit levels. The country recorded a record 56,757 new infections on July 15, 2021 and a record 2,069 deaths on July 27, 2021.

Indonesia faced a spike in infections due to Delta variant from late June to early August this year. The number of new infections in Indonesia has tended to decrease from the beginning of August until now. Indonesian Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said the country had passed the peak of the epidemic.

On September 13, Indonesia also recorded 276 more deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths from the beginning of the epidemic in the land of thousands of islands to 139,165 cases. Also 12,474 more people were discharged from the hospital, bringing the total number of recovered COVID-19 patients to 3,931,227, according to the Indonesian Ministry of Health.

The Indonesian government has begun easing restrictions on public movement. Venues such as shopping malls and offices have reopened to limited capacity and hours of operation.

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Tourists walk on the beach in Badung, Bali island, Indonesia on September 9 – Photo: REUTERS

Last week, President Joko Widodo of Indonesia assessed that the COVID-19 pandemic would not disappear in a short time. He said that Indonesia needs to prepare for the transition from the COVID-19 pandemic to treating COVID-19 as a common disease.

“We have to prepare for that transition and learn to live with COVID-19,” Widodo said.

According to the Indonesian Ministry of Health, to date at least 42.1 million people in Indonesia have fully received 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and 73.31 million people have received at least 1 dose. Indonesia’s population is 271.35 million and the country is aiming to inject at least 70% of the population (about 189.94 million) by the end of the year.

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