Jakarta. The daily tally for Covid-19 cases set a new high in Indonesia with 56,757 new infections on Thursday to extend the record-breaking run to the fourth day in a row, making the country the current epicenter of the global pandemic.
Indonesia has recorded a total of 2.7 million cases since the outbreak began. The total number of active cases stands at 480,199, government figures show.
An additional 982 Covid patients have died in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 70,192.
“We have prepared for any worst-case scenario. We are hoping [daily tally] doesn’t reach 100,000, but even if it does, we are ready,” Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Panjaitan told a news conference.
According to government data, the highly contagious Delta variant makes up more than 90 percent of current infections.
Luhut, who is in charge of Covid-19 mitigation efforts, added the government has secured vaccine supply commitments for more than 480 million doses until next year.
“It’s very important to add speed in vaccination. Although efficacy is declining [against the Delta variant], vaccination is proven effective in reducing fatality risks,” Luhut said.
“We are moving fast and we know what we’re doing,” he said.
At least 15.8 million citizens have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus since the campaign began in January, out of 53 million doses already administered.