Indonesia on Sunday set a new record in daily coronavirus cases with more than 21,000, as hospitals are flooded with patients in Jakarta and other COVID-19 hotspots in the most affected nation in Southeast Asia.
The figure brings the pandemic to more than 2.1 million cases of coronavirus with 57,138 deaths.
But the actual number is believed to be much higher due to the low test rates of deadly respiratory disease.
Indonesia’s COVID-19 case rates have risen in recent weeks after millions of trips were made at the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in May, and authorities identified the presence of new highly infectious virus strains. .
“We predicted that there would be an increase in the number of cases,” said COVID-19 working group spokeswoman Siti Nadia Tarmizi.
“The peak is expected in the next two or three weeks,” he added.
Fears are growing that Indonesia’s crunchy health system may collapse and there are reports that some overflowing hospitals are being forced to push patients away.
Hospitals in the harsh capital Jakarta, as well as in West and Central Java, have been flooded with patients, including those infected with the highly transmissible Delta variant, first identified in India.
The Indonesian government, widely accused of responding inappropriately to the pandemic, has moved to temporarily tighten movement restrictions, but has so far refrained from imposing strict blockades seen in some other nations affected by the virus.
The country plans to inoculate more than 180 million of its 270 million people early next year, but only about five percent of the population has been vaccinated so far.
On Saturday, the government said it had achieved its goal of inoculating more than a million people in a single day.
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