indonesia reports 396 new coronavirus cases 31 more deaths - Indonesia reports 396 new coronavirus cases, 31 more deaths

JAKARTA (REUTERS) – Indonesia reported on Saturday (April 25) 396 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number to 8,607, data provided by health ministry official Achmad Yurianto showed.

Thirty-one more people who had tested positive for the virus died, taking the total number of deaths to 720, according to the data.

The world’s fourth most populous country has been hit hard by the virus, with the highest numbers of deaths in Asia outside of China.

US president Donald Trump announced on Friday he would be sending ventilators and unspecified help to Indonesia at the request of President Joko Widodo.

The Indonesian presidential palace said in a statement that Mr Trump and Mr Joko held a call on Friday to discuss ways to collaborate during the pandemic, including on how to overcome the protective gear and mask shortages faced by both countries.

The statement said Mr Trump had agreed to “strengthen partnerships in trade and economics” between the United States and Indonesia after recovery from the coronavirus outbreak.

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