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Indonesia surges past 2000 daily cases as coronavirus takes hold

Indonesia has recorded a huge jump in daily coronavirus cases with 2657 new infections reported on Thursday.

The total smashes the previous record for daily infections of 1853 cases, set only on Wednesday, and confirms infection rates are growing alarmingly across the archipelago.

The 2657 cases were found in a cohort of just 12,554 people who were tested, suggesting an infection rate of more than 20 per cent. Testing rates are hovering at around 3500 per million people, far behind neighbouring countries including Malaysia (25,000), Thailand (8600), Singapore (148,000) and Australia (114,000).

Teachers and students wear protective gear at a Koran educational facility at on the outskirts of Jakarta.

Teachers and students wear protective gear at a Koran educational facility at on the outskirts of Jakarta.Credit:AP

The country has recorded 70,736 cases of coronavirus and is on track to pass China’s official tally of 83,581 cases in a little over a week if the trend continues, which would mean that Indonesia was the second hardest-hit country in Asia after India. Some experts have questioned the veracity of both countries’ figures, however, and suggested infection rates are much higher.

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