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The virus outbreak has set back Indonesia’s struggle to eradicate poverty by a decade, the country’s finance minister says.

Around two million people have lost their jobs in the last weeks in what is South East Asia’s biggest economy and most populous country.

“All of our achievement in reducing the poverty rate between 2011 to 2020 is reversed,” Sri Mulyani Indrawati said.

The government expects cases to peak in late May and then go down the following month, unless there will be a second wave.

But like many of its neighbours, Indonesia is thought to have a much higher number of infections than official data suggests as testing capacity remains low.

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