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|Gravediggers at Pondok Ranggon cemetery in East Jakarta dig graves for COVID-19 victims. (Photo:JP)|
Hanoi – Indonesia reported 160 deaths due to COVID-19 on September 22, the highest death toll in a single day so far, raising the total to 9,837.
The country has the second highest number of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Asia, only after India.
The same day, 4,071 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the country, bringing the national count to 252,923.
Meanwhile, the total cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines reached 291,789 after 1,635 new cases were recorded on September 22, the lowest daily number for the past fortnight.
COVID-19 fatalities in the country rose to 5,049 with 50 additional deaths on September 22.
President Rodrigo Duterte declared the Government will do everything possible to stop the spread of the pandemic until a vaccine is available. He also called on citizens to continue follow medical instructions on disease prevention, such as wearing a facemask and keeping a distance from others at public places.