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Indonesian daily COVID cases jump past 20,000 as Delta fears grow

Epidemiologist warns worst is to come as nation suffers another record infection rise

A woman walks past a mural promoting awareness of the COVID-19 outbreak in Jakarta on Thursday.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesia's pandemic situation rapidly deteriorated on Thursday as the nation confirmed a new daily high of 20,574 new COVID-19 cases, a jump of more than 5,000 from the previous day.

The figure takes Indonesia's cumulative COVID-19 cases to 2,053,995 -- by far the biggest among its Southeast Asian peers; 355 additional deaths were also reported, taking the total deceased to 55,949.

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