Wed, 27 May 2020

JAKARTA, May 22 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia's COVID-19 cases rose by 634 within one day to 20,796, Achmad Yurianto, a Health Ministry official, said at a press conference here on Friday.

The death toll in the country rose by 48 to 1,326, he added.

Jakarta remained the hardest hit by the outbreak with 6,400 cases, 99 more than the figure a day earlier, with a total of 500 deaths.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has prohibited the mass exodus tradition, locally known as "mudik", to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country with the largest Muslim population in the world.

As the fasting month of Ramadan in Indonesia will end on May 23, Muslims are preparing for the Eid al-Fitr festival which marks the end of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

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