Indonesia’s Covid-19 cases set to hit 50,000

JAKARTA, 24 June 2020:

The number of Covid-19 positive cases in Indonesia has now surpassed 49,000 with an additional 1,113 cases reported in the past 24 hours.

The Indonesian government spokesman on Covid-19, Achmad Yurianto said between noon yesterday and noon today, another 38 fatalities were recorded – bringing the death toll to 2,573.

“The positive cases now stood at 49,009 with 13,069 patients are still under Covid-19 surveillance,” he said in his daily press conference broadcast via the official YouTube channel of the Indonesian Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) today.

The highest number of fatalities was recorded in East Java province with 750 cases, followed by provinces of Jakarta (602 cases), West Java (171), South Kalimantan (168) and others.

Singapore, which is on the sixth day of its phase two of reopening, today confirmed 191 new cases of Covid-19 infection, with seven cases in the community.

This brings the island state’s infection tally to 42,623 cases.

The Ministry of Health said of the seven cases, two were Singapore permanent residents and five were work pass holders.

The ministry said the vast majority of the cases were still migrant workers residing at dormitories.

Meanwhile, the Thai National Emerging Infectious Diseases Committee has agreed to welcome three groups of people to the country – but not general tourists.

Thai News Agency today reported deputy prime minister/public health minister Anutin Charnvirakul said after the committee’s meeting, the committee approved a draft permission for three groups of people.

The first group is diplomats, consuls, representatives of international organisations, shipping agents and foreigners with work permits.

The second group includes Thai returnees and the third group concerns foreign patients, except Covid-19 patients, who seek medical treatment in Thailand.

Tourists would not be allowed in for the time being, Anutin said.

Thai and foreigners who plan long stays in the country would have to be quarantined. It had not been concluded if the requirement would also apply to the business people whose stay would be limited at 14 days, he said.

He also said such visitors should not be forced to wear face masks because it was individuals’ rights. However, provincial governors had power to require the use of face masks in their provinces, Anutin said.

– Bernama