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Indonesia COVID rate falls to ASEAN's lowest as rebound fears loom

Nation sheds tag of regional epicenter, but reopening of economy brings risks

A young girl is seen with her family on Wednesday after COVID restrictions were eased to allow children under 12 into shopping malls in Jakarta.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesia has shed its undesirable tag as Southeast Asia's COVID-19 epicenter, and now has the least daily infections per capita in the region.

Daily infections topped 50,000 at their peak in July, now number less than 5,000 per day, with 3,263 new cases recorded on Thursday. The positivity rate has fallen below 5%, according to Our World in Data, below the threshold the World Health Organization has said was conducive to governments reopening their economies.

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