Indonesia Ramps Up Virus Testing as New Infections Surge
Indonesia’s government is ramping up its coronavirus testing capacity and expanding the partial lockdown to areas outside the capital, after facing criticism for having one of the region’s lowest testing rates per capita.
President Joko Widodo said the country will increase its testing capacity by 9,000 samples per day while regulators extended stricter social distancing measures, which includes closing offices, a ban on gatherings of more than five people and limiting transportation services to some satellite cities outside Jakarta to contain the spread of the deadly disease.
The world’s fourth most populous nation has so far only tested around 27,000 people out of its 270 million population, according to the data from Ministry of Health.
“I want us to be able to test more than 10,000 on daily basis,” Jokowi, as the president is known, said ahead of a cabinet meeting.
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