Sun, 12 Jul 2020

JAKARTA, May 27 (Xinhua) -- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 686 within one day to 23,851, with the death toll adding by 55 to 1,473, Achmad Yurianto, a health ministry official, said at a press conference here on Wednesday.

According to him, 180 more people had been discharged from hospitals, making the total number of recovered patients stand at 6,057.

The pandemic has spread to all the 34 provinces in the country.

Authorities have been conducting rapid tests in areas where cases were detected, and ordering the public to always wear masks.

The Indonesian government is planning to deploy at least 340,000 military and police personnel in 1,800 places, such as shopping malls, traditional markets, tourism spots and other places with high traffic, in four provinces as well as 25 regencies and cities.

The plan was made in support of the stricter implementation of the large-scale social distancing regulation and in preparation for the so-called "new normal".

Last week, the governor of the country's capital Jakarta Anies Baswedan decided to prolong the regulation in the city, home to some 10 million people, for the third time. The restriction will end on June 4.

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