KUALA LUMPUR, June 12 — The total number of Covid-19 deaths in Indonesia reached 2,000 yesterday, besides reporting 979 new cases Thursday.
The total number of Covid-19 infections in the country stands at 35,295, as a large number of daily new cases have been reported over the past few days, hitting a record high on Wednesday with 1,241 new cases.
The Jakarta Post reported that the surge in number of cases occurred after the government entered a transition period to resume their economic activities.
Experts said Indonesia’s decision to ease movement restrictions would cause a hike in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country.
Jakarta reopened offices, worship places as well as workplaces when entering the transition period on Monday. It also extended large-scale social restrictions till the end of June.
The country also permitted public transportation and app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers to resume normal operations. Many commuters have expressed concerns over their safety as crowded public transportation can be the main point of virus transmission.
So far, Singapore recorded the highest number of Covid-19 cases in Southeast Asia at 39,387, while Indonesia recorded the highest number of deaths in the region.