Indonesia reports 973 new COVID-19 cases, biggest daily jump hinh anh 1In Jakarta, Indonesia (Photo: Xinhua)
Jakarta (VNA) - The Indonesian Health Ministry announced 973 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on May 21, the biggest daily jump so far.

Of the new cases, 502 were located in East Java, which even surpassed that of Jakarta.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s Security agencies have agreed on the need to extend use of the emergency decree for another month, until the end of June, on concerns about the COVID-19 situation.

National Security Council Secretary-General Gen Somsak Rungsita said a meeting of the committee on easing COVID-19 restrictions, which he chaired, agreed on the extension to June 30, as the global situation was still worrying.

Although Thailand had successfully controlled the spread of the coronavirus, extra caution is needed to prevent a possible a second wave of COVID-19 infections following the easing of the nationwide lockdown.

If a second outbreak occurs, the damage will be more severe, Gen Somsak said.

The resolution would be forwarded to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. If the CCSA agreed, it would be submmitted to the cabinet next week for a decision, Gen Somsak said.

Domestic travel is now permitted in Laos for all people throughout the country, but prevention measures and guidelines must be strictly followed.

The measures include arranging suitable seating for passengers with social distancing of at least one meter and everyone must have their body temperature checked.

Businesses managers must provide soap and hand sanitiser for customers.

Laos has conducted testing on 4,812 suspected cases, with 19 positive. Fourteen patients have recovered./.