Published On: Mon, Aug 16th, 2021
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Indonesia President Says Need to Balance Health and Economy in Pandemicon August 16, 2021 at 6:39 am

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JAKARTA—Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Monday in his annual state of the nation speech that there was a need to strike a balance between health and economic interests amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia’s biggest country. “The pandemic has indeed significantly slowed down our economic growth, but it must not hinder the process of structural reforms of our economy,” the president said in the annual speech to parliament. Struggling with a jump in infections driven by the Delta variant, Indonesia’s hospitals have been overwhelmed at times with its daily death toll the highest globally and total fatalities topping 100,000. But in a video released on Sunday, Jokowi said that COVID-19 hospital bed occupancy across Java had declined, adding that the level in the capital Jakarta had fallen to 29.4 percent from about 90 percent at its peak in late June. Infections have started to plateau in the …

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