May 13, 2020 / 9:00 AM / 15 days ago

Indonesia reports biggest daily rise in coronavirus infections

FILE PHOTO: A man wears protective face mask while receiving rice from an automated rice ATM distributor amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Jakarta, Indonesia May 4, 2020. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana/File Photo

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia reported on Wednesday its biggest daily rise in coronavirus infections with 689 new cases, taking the total in the Southeast Asian country to 15,438, said health ministry official Achmad Yurianto.

Yurianto reported 21 new deaths related to COVID-19, taking the total to 1,028, while 3,287 have recovered. He added that more than 33,000 patients are suspected to be carrying acute respiratory illnesses for which there is no clinical explanation other than the new coronavirus, he added.

Over 123,570 people have been tested, he added.

Reporting by Stanley Widianto and Nilufar Rizki; Editing by Louise Heavens

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