11-year-old Indonesian girl dies after contracting virus


JAKARTA: An 11-year-old girl has become Indonesia’s youngest person to die after contracting the coronavirus, officials said Wednesday, as the country’s death toll from Covid-19 nearly tripled from a week ago.

The girl, who was also suffering from dengue fever, was admitted to hospital on Madura Island off the coast of Java on March 19.

She had a fever and and breathing difficulties, and died the following day.

Tests only confirmed this week that the girl also had Covid-19.

“Her immune system was quite poor,” said Joni Wahyuhadi, an official at East Java’s virus task force.

“She was battling two illnesses at once so that’s why her condition worsened.”

Indonesia said yesterday its death toll from Covid-19 had reached 157 – including 11 frontline doctors – compared with 58 a week ago.