JAKARTA Southeast Asia is on the brink of a "socio-economic crisis" caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that could reverse decades of poverty reduction, the United Nations has warned.
The World Health Organization has urged Indonesia, one of the world's biggest advocates of two malaria drugs to treat the coronavirus, to suspend such treatment over safety concerns, a source familiar with the advice told Reuters on Tuesday.
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BANGKOK Illicit drug markets in the Asia-Pacific continue to expand and diversify and appear to be largely unaffected by the coronavirus outbreak, the United Nations said on Friday.
BANGKOK, May 15 Illicit drug markets in the
Asia-Pacific continue to expand and diversify and appear to be
largely unaffected by the coronavirus outbreak, the United
Nations said on Friday.
JAKARTA Burials in Jakarta remained close to record highs in April, official data showed on Friday, indicating there may have been many more deaths from COVID-19 in the city than have been officially recorded.
JAKARTA West Java, Indonesia's most populous province, hopes to ease coronavirus social distancing restrictions in some areas in as little as two weeks and allow some factories to reopen, its governor told Reuters.
More than 2,200 Indonesians have died with acute symptoms of COVID-19 but were not recorded as victims of the disease, a Reuters review of data from 16 of the country's 34 provinces showed.
JAKARTA Indonesian researchers have warned the government that plans to allow millions of people to leave for their home villages at the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan next month could send coronavirus infections soaring.
JAKARTA President Joko Widodo said Indonesia will be able to conduct more than 10,000 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests a day for the new coronavirus after criticism of its testing rates.