| 31 July 2021, Saturday |

Indonesia reports record 1,040 virus deaths in 24 hours

Indonesia on Wednesday reported a daily record of 1,040 COVID-19 deaths while fresh infections topped 34,000 as the Southeast Asian nation grapples with its deadliest Covid-19 wave since the pandemic began.

The official death toll spiked from 728 virus fatalities on Tuesday, while new cases shot up to 34,379 from 31,189 cases a day earlier, the health ministry said.