June 18, 2020 / 9:28 AM / 19 days ago

Indonesia reports 1,331 new coronavirus cases, its biggest daily rise

Firefighters wearing protective suits spray disinfectant at the National Monument area to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Jakarta, Indonesia June 17, 2020, in this photo taken by Antara Foto/Wahyu Putro/via REUTERS

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia reported 1,331 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, its, its biggest daily increase since the outbreak started locally, taking its total number of cases to 42,762.

Health ministry official Achmad Yurianto said 63 more deaths were reported on Thursday, with total fatalities now at 2,339, the highest coronavirus death toll in East Asia outside of China.

Indonesia on Wednesday overtook Singapore with the largest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia.

Reporting by Stanley Widianto; Writing by Fathin Ungku; Editing by Martin Petty

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