Wed, 18 May 2022

JAKARTA, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia on Monday confirmed 772 new COVID-19 cases, raising the country's tally of infections to 4,272,421, according to the country's Health Ministry.

Senior official Siti Nadia Tarmizi said the total number of infections of the Omicron variant in the archipelago on Saturday increased to 748, of which 569 were reportedly confirmed as imported cases, while 151 were confirmed as cases of local transmissions.

Sources of other Omicron infections are still being identified, she said.

The majority of the imported cases, she added, were from Saudi Arabia, followed by Turkey, the United States, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates.

Hundreds of patients with Omicron infections were treated at the Wisma Atlet Kemayoran emergency hospital for COVID-19 patients in Jakarta, and some were isolated in hospitals referred by the country's COVID-19 National Task Force, Tarmizi added.

The death toll from COVID-19 in the country on Monday rose by four to 144,174, while 598 more people recovered from the disease during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 4,119,472.

Tarmizi said that if the number of Omicron cases continues to rise, patients would likely have to conduct self-isolation at homes with supervision from the local health community centers.

As the government is accelerating its national vaccination programs to curb the spread of the virus, more than 170.53 million people have received their first doses of vaccines, while over 116.99 million have taken the second doses.

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