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COVID-19 incidences in Indonesia are at their lowest level in over a year


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Indonesia reported 1,932 new daily coronavirus infections on Monday (Sept. 20), the lowest number since August 2020, according to data from the country's COVID-19 task force, and the government loosened restrictions in Java and Bali.


According to senior cabinet member Luhut Pandjaitan, Indonesia, previously Asia's coronavirus epicentre, has reported roughly 4.2 million illnesses and over 140,000 deaths, but new cases have decreased 98 percent from their high in July.

 

Its average positivity rate - the percentage of positive tests - was just under 4% this month, falling short of the World Health Organization's 5% criteria for declaring an outbreak under control.


However, Luhut warned that fresh infection waves were still a possibility, and that quarantine mechanisms at entry sites will be reinforced.

 

"One of the concerns comes from abroad," Luhut said during a virtual media briefing, "since the number of COVID-19 instances in our neighbouring nations is still significant."


"We don't want to become complacent in the face of the new versions."

 

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