Indonesia on Wednesday expanded the national sidewalk of the coronavirus to combat its deadliest wave of COVID-19 so far, as the death toll soared with the government warning that the worst may yet come.
The new restrictions would apply to dozens of cities and extend from the island of Sumatra in the west to east of Papua, as the highly infectious variant of the Delta uproots the southern archipelago. East Asia after hitting densely populated Java.
“Cases are also on the rise in other regions and we need to pay attention to the availability of hospitals,” said senior minister Airlangga Hartarto, who added that the government has decided to extend the restrictions until July 20.
The country’s hospitals are shrinking under pressure as a wave of sick patients floods the cramped healthcare system.
This week, the government deployed new virus limits in the harsh capital Jakarta, across Java and the holiday island of Bali, as it reported a record 31,189 new infections and 728 deaths on Tuesday, up to seven times the rate. of daily mortality less than a month ago.
The hardest-hit nation in Southeast Asia could see cases soar to more than 50,000 a day, authorities warned Tuesday.
Areas affected by the extended restrictions announced on Wednesday have a much lower daily count of cases than Java’s COVID epicenter, where more than half of Indonesia’s nearly 270 million people live.
But limited health services in these regions are already under strain and an explosion in the cases could put them on their knees, Hartarto warned.
“Facilities in these regions are limited and overcrowded,” he said, adding that even stricter rules can be followed if infections continue to rise.
Wider restrictions include forcing most non-essential employees to work from home, as well as limiting the hours of shops and restaurants.
In the hardest-hit areas, desperate relatives have been forced to hunt for oxygen tanks to treat the sick and dying at home, as more than a dozen facilities in Indonesia’s second largest city , Surabaya, closed new patients because they could no longer handle the huge influx.
This trend, which has forced hospitals to install makeshift treatment tents parking lots, was picked up on Wednesday when hospitals in Javanese cities, Malang and Solo, also reached the limit and drove patients away.
Inoculated doctors and other medical workers become increasingly infected and removed from the rotation, putting more pressure. health centers already at the point of explosion.
About 1,000 Indonesians medical workers have died of COVID-19, including more than a dozen people who were already completely inoculated, according to the country’s medical association.
Offices, mosques, parks, shopping malls and restaurants have been closed across Java during the new shores that began over the weekend, but there are widespread reports of violations, including offices and shops that still they work despite closing orders.
On Tuesday, Jakarta said it would receive emergency oxygen supplies from neighboring Singapore and was in contact with other countries for help as the crisis spirals out of control.
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