Indonesia reports 3 more deaths from coronavirus, infections double in a day

Indonesian President Joko Widodo inspects Jakarta International Airport in Tangerang on March 13, 2020, of its preparation to fight against the spread of the coronavirus. PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA - Indonesia on Friday (March 13) announced three more deaths from the coronavirus and the highest single-day jump of 35 confirmed cases, including two toddlers.

This brings the number of fatalities to four, and the total number of those tested positive to 69, since the first infections were announced on March 2.

"The 57-year old and 36-year old female patients were admitted to the Sulianto Saroso hospital already on ventilators. Their health deteriorated very fast. They then tested positive for coronavirus," Mr Achmad Yurianto, a spokesman for the Covid-19 task force, told a press conference.

The Sulianti Saroso is a state run infectious diseases hospital in North Jakarta.

"We have informed the local health department, which immediately started contact tracing," Mr Achmad added.

He did not say how long the deceased patients were ill for before being admitted to hospital.

The third deceased patient was a 59-year old male, whose condition also deteriorated very quickly, he said.

The authorities are conducting contact tracing on him as well.

The 35 fresh cases announced on Friday include two male toddlers aged 2 and 3 years old, Mr Achmad said.

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Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous nation, had from Sunday stepped up its fight to contain the spread of the virus by banning the entry and transit of foreign visitors coming from 10 places worst-stricken by the coronavirus, including Iran, Italy and South Korea.

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