Indonesia adds 7,465 COVID-19 cases in single day

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesia’s coronavirus case count rose by 7,465 on Saturday, taking the total tally to 1,901,490, according to the Health Ministry. Meanwhile, the number of patients treated at hospitals for SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, rose by 2,009, bringing the total number of active cases to 108,324. Jakarta recorded the highest single day infections at 2,455, followed by Central Java (915) and West Java (876). With 169 people succumbing to the virus, the death toll increased to 52,730. Meanwhile, the number of patients recovering from the infection climbed by…

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Over 20 million Indonesians get COVID-19 jab

Jakarta (ANTARA) – At least 20,044,187 Indonesians have received the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Saturday, according to the COVID-19 Handling Task Force. The number of Indonesians administered the first dose of the vaccine rose by 374,219 on Saturday, it said. Meanwhile, with 33,500 people receiving their second shot, the number of fully vaccinated people reached 11,559,138, it added. The government is targeting to vaccinate 40,349,049 people against COVID-19 in the first and second phases of the national vaccination program, which is prioritizing healthcare workers,…

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Indonesia receives another 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesia received an additional 1,504,800 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through the multilateral COVAX Facility on Thursday night, according to Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi. “Alhamdulillah (Thank God), this night, Indonesia received another 1,504,800 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through the multilateral COVAX Facility,” the minister noted in a press briefing aired on the Presidential Secretariat YouTube Channel on Thursday. Indonesia also received 313,100 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through the COVAX Facility on June 5, 2021. With the addition of 313,100 doses and 1,504,000 doses on…

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Magnitude 5.7 quake strikes North Sulawesi’s Bolaang Uki

Jakarta (ANTARA) – A 5.7-magnitude earthquake rattled southeast of Bolaang Uki Sub-district in Bolaang Mongondow Selatan District, North Sulawesi Province, on Friday morning, albeit not triggering a tsunami. The epicenter of the earthquake that struck at 9:23 a.m. Western Indonesia Time (WIB) was located some 66 kilometers (km) away from Bolaang Uki Sub-district at a depth of 14 km, according to the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG). No immediate reports were received of damages or casualties in the aftermath of the quake located at the coordinates of 0.06 degrees…

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Climate change impact as devastating as COVID-19 pandemic: minister

JAKARTA (ANTARA) – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati cautioned that the impact of climate change would be huge, akin to the COVID-19 pandemic, so all nations should contribute to lowering greenhouse gas emissions. “Currently, the world is faced with a catastrophic threat, its impact and its consequences are climate change. We have seen various studies that show that the impact of climate change will be enormous,” the minister remarked during the Climate Change Challenge webinar organized by the University of Indonesia (UI) here on Friday. Indrawati drew attention to the…

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Ministry preps for Bali tourism recovery with reopening in July

Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Tourism is preparing steps to encourage the recovery of Bali tourism by reopening the world’s most popular tourist resort for foreign tourists likely in July 2021. “We continue to make preparations for the recovery of tourism in Bali. Of course, in response to the COVID-19 case spike in several areas, we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Bali that is currently under control,” Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno stated here on Thursday. Uno and Bali Governor Wayan Koster earlier…

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