Funeral workers lower the plastic-wrapped coffin of a Covid-19 victim with an excavator in the background at Rorotan Cemetery in Cilincing, North Jakarta, on July 23, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Indonesia’s Covid-19 Death Toll Tops 100,000


AUGUST 04, 2021

Jakarta. Indonesia reached another sad milestone in the Covid-19 pandemic with overall death toll exceeding the 100,000 mark on Wednesday, more than a month after restrictions returned to stricken provinces across Java and Bali.

The news came two days after the government extended the lockdown by another week, citing success in curbing new infections of the highly contagious Delta variant.

However, the number of Covid-19 fatalities has been growing at a pace never seen before mid-July as more people dying from the virus while self-isolating at home.

The daily death toll has been topping 1,000 since July 16, including 1,747 deaths in the past 24 hours, government figures show.

The disease has now killed 100,636 people, mostly in the densely populated island of Java.

Indonesia is now the 12th country in the world to report more than 100,000 Covid deaths, according to global data compilation by US-based Johns Hopkins University.

There have been 35,867 cases in the 24-hour period, bringing the country’s total to 3,532,567. 

The total number of active cases stands at 524,011.

July has become the deadliest period of the Indonesian outbreak, with 27,409 deaths throughout the month, representing a 348 percent increase from the monthly death toll in June.