Yudha Baskoro, Jakarta – Indonesia has surpassed one million coronavirus cases on Tuesday.
According to the National Covid-19 Task Force, the country has added another 13,094 Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number to 1,012,350. Indonesia's coronavirus death toll now stands at 28,468 after 336 new Covid-related deaths were recorded.
As the virus spirals out of control, cemeteries receive more bodies to be buried. The Jakarta provincial government has allocated Rp 185 billion (around $13.1 million) for five new Covid-19 burial grounds in Bampu Apus, Dukuh, Semper, Joglo, and Srengseng Sawah. This does not come as a surprise as the capital city is one of the major virus hotspots.
Earlier this month, Indonesia kicked off the first phase of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign. With hospitals running out of beds left and right, the government has extended the restriction on public activities in Java and Bali for another two weeks, starting from Jan. 26 to Feb. 8. But the soaring infection rate shows the government's efforts to combat the pandemic since last March have yet led to a better condition.