Covid Surge Worsens in Indonesia Where Single-Day Tally Now Tops 47,000

JAKARTA : Indonesia reported its highest daily number of Covid-19 cases yet on Tuesday despite having put worst-affected provinces under lockdown for nearly two weeks.

The country has recorded 47,899 new cases in the past 24 hours to take its total to 2.61 million, government figures show. 

That’s 18 percent higher than the previous single-day record only a day earlier.

The virus has killed 68,219 people since the outbreak began, with another 864 deaths reported in the 24-hour period.

Public health experts have suggested that the official death toll may not reflect the actual fatality figures as many patients died while self-isolating in their homes without being reported to authorities.

In big cities like Jakarta, Surabaya and Tangerang, authorities are running out of space for Covid victims burials.

The country of 270 million now has more than 407,000 active cases, mostly in the most-crowded island of Java.

Funeral workers lower the plastic-wrapped coffin of a Covid-19 victim at Padurenan Cemetery in Bekasi, West Java on June 18, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Indonesia has administered 51.5 million doses of Covid vaccine as of Tuesday, with more than 15 million citizens fully vaccinated.

In a hearing with lawmakers on Tuesday, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin admitted the health system is in the state of near collapse. 

There are 120,000 hospital beds designated for Covid-19 patients and the rapidly growing number of hospitalization has consumed about 75 percent of the capacity in the last seven weeks, he said.

“I need to underline that everything we do at hospitals can never be enough if we don’t do something at the upstream. We must keep people from moving, they need to stay at home,” Budi said.

Jakarta, home to 26 percent of overall cases countrywide, has reported that its bed occupancy ratio already reached 90 percent.

By : HERU ANDRIYANTO & MARIA FATIMA BONA – JAKARTA GLOBE

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