Indonesia reports 275 new COVID-19 cases, 23 more deaths

JAKARTA: Indonesia reported on Sunday (Apr 26) 275 new coronavirus cases, raising the total to 8,882, data provided by health ministry official Achmad Yurianto showed.

The data showed 23 people who tested positive for the virus died, raising the total deaths to 743.

On Saturday, Indonesia reported 396 new coronavirus cases.

The world’s fourth most populous country has been hit hard by the virus, with the highest number of deaths in Asia outside of China.

READ: Why Indonesia has the highest COVID-19 fatality rate in Asia

US president Donald Trump announced on Friday he would be sending ventilators and unspecified help to Indonesia at the request of President Joko Widodo.

The Indonesian presidential palace said in a statement that Trump and Widodo held a call on Friday to discuss ways to collaborate during the pandemic, including on how to overcome the protective gear and masks shortages faced by both countries.

On Wednesday, Jakarta announced that it will extend wide-scale social restrictions by four weeks, with the closures of non-essential workplaces and schools continued until May 22. 

The rules include a ban on gatherings of more than five people, limiting restaurants to online delivery orders and reducing public transport.

Motorbike taxis seen everywhere in the megacity of around 30 million were banned from picking up passengers and residents were ordered to stay home.

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