More than a dozen fully vaccinated doctors have died of COVID-19 in Indonesia, a medical association said on Friday, while the Southeast Asian country is battling a rash of serious cases in inoculated medical workers and new highly virus strains. infectious.
Infections have risen in the nation by 270 million people last week, passing two million cases on Monday as hospital occupancy rates rose to more than 75 percent in Jakarta and other affected areas.
About 1,000 Indonesian health workers have died from the virus since the pandemic began, and the country’s medical association confirmed on Friday that there were 401 doctors among the victims, 14 of whom were completely vaccinated.
“We are still updating the data and confirming whether the other cases had been vaccinated or not,” the association’s COVID-19 mitigation chief, Mohammad Adib Khumaidi, told reporters.
The increase in severe cases of inoculates medical workers has raised questions about the Sinovac jab produced in China, in which Indonesia relies heavily to vaccinate more than 180 million people early next year.
This month, more than 300 doctors and vaccinated health workers in Central Java it was found to be infected with COVID-19, with about a dozen hospitalized.
The country is also facing new strains of virus, including the highly infectious Delta variant first identified in India.
Clinical symptoms suggest the strain is responsible for an increase in cases in West Java, said the province’s medical association spokeswoman Eka Mulyana.
“In West Java, bed occupancy rates have exceeded 90 percent. The rates at some hospitals are even more than 100 percent,” he told reporters. “At this rate, our healthcare system is about to collapse.”
Dozens of communities in the Central Java Kudus regency were shut down after the Delta variant was detected in local test samples, causing a sudden rise in virus cases.
The increase has been blamed in part on millions of trips from the region through the Muslim-majority nation at the end of Ramadan last month, despite the official ban on annual migration.
The Kudus representative of the Indonesian medical association, Ahmad Ipul Syaifuddin, has said the mass movement of people has made it impossible to determine where the climb began.
“We have no idea how to track and find the first spreader of the Delta cases because the result of the sampling test came out about three weeks after the mass exodus,” he said.
“My sample was among the sampling tested for the Delta variant. I’ve already recovered and I’ve had (now) a negative result, but I still have a cough.”
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