Second Wave Engulfs Indonesia

Skyrocketing COVID-19 cases across Indonesia, fueled by the Delta variant, are overwhelming hospitals and oxygen supplies—pushing the country to the brink of catastrophe, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies reports.
 
The Indonesian Red Cross has set up emergency tents outside its overflowing COVID-19 hospital in Bogor, West Java, to accommodate endless streams of patients—a disaster unfolding in other provinces, too.
 
Social media feeds are filled with “harrowing” images and videos posted by families desperately hunting for hospital beds in Greater Jakarta for their loved ones, The Jakarta Post reports. “With the bed occupancy rates at some hospitals [in Bandung] already exceeding 100 percent, we can say [our hospitals] have already collapsed,” said Eka Mulyanak, head of the Indonesian Medical Association’s West Java chapter.
 
Indonesia passed 2 million cases in the past week; last Thursday alone, authorities reported a record 20,574 new cases, The Guardian reports.
 
However, over 20% of the country’s COVID-19 tests are positive, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center—a clue that the true number of infections is much higher, the IFRC reports.
 
And, just <5% of Indonesia’s adult population has been fully vaccinated, prompting Jan Gelfand, head of IFRC’s Indonesia Delegation, to call for “lightning-fast action” globally to avert tens of thousands of deaths in countries like Indonesia.

Meanwhile, Indonesian officials plan to roll out a round of stricter restrictions—but they won’t take effect until July 3, The Straits Times reports.

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