Thu, 16 Sep 2021

JAKARTA, July 26 (Xinhua) -- The Indonesian Health Ministry reported on Monday that the coronavirus cases across the country rose by 28,228 within the past 24 hours to 3,194,733 with the death toll adding by 1,487 to 84,766.

Additional 40,374 recovered patients were discharged from hospitals during the past day, raising the total number of recoveries from the pandemic in the Southeast Asian country to 2,549,692, according to the ministry.

Indonesia has the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the Southeast Asia region.

The virus has spread to all the country's 34 provinces and the more transmissible Delta variant has contributed to the surges in COVID-19 cases in some of the country's regions.

On Sunday, the government decided to extend its ongoing four-tiered public activity restrictions, known locally as PPKM, on the country's most populated island of Java and the resort island of Bali until Aug. 2 with several minor adjustments.

The scheme is based on the standards by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The implementation of PPKM Level 4 and Level 3 is assessed based on three main factors, namely the indicator of the rate of case transmission and the response of the health system based on WHO guidelines, as well as the socio-economic condition in the community.

The PPKM Level 4, which is the highest level, requires workers in the nonessential sector to work from their homes, malls and shopping centers to close, and students to continue online learning.

The minor adjustments in the PPKM Level 4 include allowing people to dine in for up to 20 minutes at open-air sidewalk food stalls, and traditional markets to open with a 50 percent maximum of the total capacity under strict health protocols and to close at 3 p.m.

As many as 33 municipalities on Java and Bali are now under the PPKM Level 3 with requirements easier than the PPKM Level 4.

Authorities also aim to ramp up COVID-19 contact tracing across the country using both digital and manual contact tracing systems.

On Monday, Indonesian Military Chief Hadi Tjahjanto said the military was set to deploy 63,000 personnel to ramp up contact tracing.

A massive COVID-19 vaccination program has been held in Indonesia, home to more than 270 million people, since mid-January this year.

The government targets to vaccinate 208.2 million people using vaccines produced by a number of pharmaceutical manufacturers.

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