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Indonesia’s President says health and economy need to be reconciled in a pandemic

JAKARTA, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo said during his annual State of the Union Address Monday that the country needs to “strike a balance” between health and economic in the face of a surge in COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia’s largest economy Find interests.

“The pandemic has slowed our economic growth significantly, but must not hinder the process of structural reforms in our economy,” said the President in his speech to parliament.

Indonesia is grappling with a surge in infections caused by the Delta variant and has become Asia’s epicenter for COVID-19, with hospitals being overwhelmed at times and the daily death toll recently with a total of 100,000 deaths was the highest in the world. (Reporting by Stanley Widianto; Editing by Ed Davies)

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