JAKARTA: Indonesia's COVID-19 death toll rose to four on Friday (Mar 13), as it reported a doubling in its number of coronavirus cases.
Mr Achmad Yurianto, the governments spokesman for the COVID-19 outbreak, announced at a press conference on Friday that it had 35 new confirmed cases, taking the country's total to 69.
The two patients who died are a 57-year-old woman (Case 35) and a 37-year-old woman (Case 36). They died at Jakartas Sulianti Saroso Hospital for Infectious Disease.
“Case 35 … was put on a respirator when she was admitted (to the hospital). Her condition deteriorated and she died on the same day,” Mr Yurianto said, adding that Case 36 also died shortly after she was admitted.
Tests performed after they died confirmed they had COVID-19.
“After (the patients) speciments were tested, they came out positive (for COVID-19),” he said.
The announcement came just hours after Mr Yurianto confirmed that _