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Indonesia Records Its Largest 1-Day Jump In COVID Infections

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A man reacts as a medical workers collect his nasal swab samples to be tested for coronavirus, during a COVID-19 screening at University of North Sumatra in Medan, Indonesia, Monday, June 21, 2021. Indonesia has reported more coronavirus cases than any other country in Southeast Asia. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

(AP) — Indonesian health authorities have announced the country’s largest one-day jump in new coronavirus infections, as the country’s number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began crosses 2 million. The Health Ministry reported 14,536 new infections and 294 deaths, bringing the country’s total confirmed fatalities to more than 54,950. Both the total cases and total deaths are the most in Southeast Asia. Indonesia has seen infections surge in recent weeks, a climb that has been blamed on travel during last month’s Eid al-Fitr holiday as well as the arrival of new virus variants.

 

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