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Over 1,000 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Indonesia every day, bringing their highest level in three months

Over 1,000 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Indonesia every day, bringing their highest level in three months

Indonesia reported 1,054 additional COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the highest daily increase in three months, as the government prepares for a new wave of coronavirus infections triggered by the spread of the Omicron variant.

In July, the world's fourth most populous country was experiencing a devastating second wave of infections, driven by the spread of the Delta variant.

According to reports of local transmission of the Omicron variant, daily cases have decreased to around 200 by December, before rising this month.

"We need to work with the regional government to increase mobility and improve health protocols, (give) booster vaccination injections and strengthen health facilities," said Jakarta's health minister.

He did not detail what restrictions local authorities might impose. Officials usually review pandemic-related measures each Monday

On December 16, the COVID-19 case of the more contagious Omicron variant in Indonesia had over 500 confirmed cases, and officials warned that infection rates might peak.

This week, the southeast Asian nation has begun a vaccination program for the general public.

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