Covid-19 hits Indonesia hard…

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COVID-19: Indonesia records highest death toll in Southeast Asia at 19

  • News DeskThe Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 18, 2020   /   05:12 pm

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Indonesia’s death toll from the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19 jumped to 19 on Wednesday, the highest in Southeast Asia to date, as the government announced that the number of infected people had reached 227.

Health Ministry Disease Control and Prevention Director General Achmad Yurianto said most deaths had been recorded in Jakarta with 12 fatalities, followed by Central Java with two fatalities, while Banten, Bali, West Java, East Java and North Sumatra each reported one fatality from the disease.

Yurianto said the death toll had soared from the reported five on the previous day because several hospitals had failed to submit their fatality reports from March 12 to March 17 and the government had only managed to obtain the updated data on Wednesday morning.

“The total number of [COVID-19] patients who have died from the disease as of 12 p.m. of March 18 is 19,” Yurianto told the press on Wednesday afternoon.

The 19 fatalities mean that Indonesia has now recorded the highest death toll among Southeast Asian countries hit by the coronavirus to date.

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