Indonesia, Philippines report surges in COVID-19 infections hinh anh 1Mask-wearers waiting to cross a railway line in Indonesia which now has the highest number of coronavirus cases in Southeast Asia. (Photo: Reuters)

Hanoi (VNA)
Indonesia recorded 4,301 more COVID-19 cases and 79 deaths in the last 24 hours, lifting its total number of infections and fatalities to 353,461 and 12,347, respectively.

It surpassed the Philippines to become the country in Southeast Asia with the highest number of infections and deaths.

Meanwhile, with 3.139 new cases recently reported, the Philippines’s total number of COVID-19 infections reached 351,750, including 6,531 deaths.
However, the Philippine government announced that it would abolish the restrictions on unnecessary travel activities previously imposed.

The policy will take effect from October 21 and benefit Filipinos who want to visit their relatives abroad, according to Harry Roque, the spokesperson of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

Businesses and stores in the country will be allowed to resume sales and marketing activities, he added./.