Indonesia’s health system is on the verge of collapsing, battling the Covid surge

The spike in severe cases among immunized medical staff has prompted concerns about the China-produced Sinovac vaccine, on which Indonesia is highly reliant to vaccinate more than 180 million people by early next year.

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Indonesia's health system is on the verge of collapsing, battling the Covid surge

COVID infections have risen in Indonesia, a country of 270 million people, in the last week, with more than 2 million cases confirmed as of Saturday, and hospital occupancy rates in the capital Jakarta and other hard-hit districts have risen to more than 75%. The country is also dealing with novel viral strains, such as the extremely contagious Delta variety, which was discovered in India.

Since the pandemic began, over 1,000 Indonesian health workers have died from the virus, with the country’s medical association reporting on Friday that 401 doctors were among the deceased, including 14 who were completely vaccinated.

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The spike in severe cases among immunized medical staff has prompted concerns about the China-produced Sinovac vaccine, on which Indonesia is highly reliant to vaccinate more than 180 million people by early next year.

As emergency COVID-19 measures take effect on Saturday in Indonesia’s most populated island of Java and the tourist island of Bali, many companies are quieter than normal as millions are urged to work from home – but not in this outdoor workshop in Jakarta, the archipelago’s capital. Funeral workers in Jakarta, on the northwest coast of Java, are overworked. Newly built coffins are loaded onto trucks and sent to hospitals throughout the city.

On Saturday, Indonesia saw a record-breaking daily spike of around 28,000 COVID-19 cases, about 10,000 of which were in Jakarta. The confirmed total death toll in the country, which is the worst-affected in Southeast Asia, has topped 60,000.

Due to the country’s low rates of testing, experts warn that these figures are likely an undercount. The increase in transmission was caused by increased mobility during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, as well as the presence of the extremely contagious Delta version of the coronavirus, which was first found in India, according to the health ministry.

The fury of this current surge of cases has irrevocably affected thousands of families — and raised concerns about how many lives may have been saved if emergency measures and tougher regulations had been implemented sooner.

Hospitals are Out of Oxygen

The issue in Jakarta’s hospitals is seen outside an oxygen store in the city’s south. People in the line include those whose loved ones have turned away from hospitals due to capacity concerns, despite being sick and in need of treatment.

“So many people want to be admitted and put in isolation but we do not have enough space,” said the doctor, who works at Persahabatan Hospital, one of the government’s designated COVID-19 treatment hospitals.

Children have been infected

In the last six months, up to 1,800 youngsters have been infected with the virus, with 14 of them dying. More than a third of the reported instances included elementary school-age pupils, with a quarter involving high school-age students.

(Content: ALJAZEERA)

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Indonesia's health system is on the verge of collapsing, battling the Covid surge
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The spike in severe cases among immunized medical staff has prompted concerns about the China-produced Sinovac vaccine, on which Indonesia is highly reliant to vaccinate more than 180 million people by early next year.
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