Asia’s New Epicenter

With 54,517 new COVID-19 cases reported yesterday, Indonesia has vaulted past India to emerge as Asia’s latest pandemic epicenter.
Even those case numbers are believed to be massively undercounted after a surveypublished this weekend found the nearly half of Jakata’s 10.6 million residents of Jakarta may have been infected by COVID-19.
A reluctance to impose lockdowns and inefficient contact-tracing have hampered efforts to control the coronavirus. Health minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin has said health officials were surprised by the virus’s rapid spread early in this latest wave.

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