Indonesia needs to urgently increase medical care, testing and vaccines as the number of new infections in the country has risen rapidly and left it “on the brink of a COVID-19 disaster,” the Red Cross.
The group said its coronavirus hospital in Bogor, outside Jakarta, it was “overflowing” and emergency tents had been set up to accommodate more patients. It was a similar scene at other hospitals near the capital, including the Bekasi city hospital which had 90% of the beds filled.
“We are seeing a record number of infections, but every statistic is a person who suffers, is bad or struggles to support the people he loves,” Sudirman Said, secretary general of the Indonesian Red Cross, said in a communiqué. “Our medical teams provide rescue care, with hospitals packed to the brim and very low oxygen supplies.”
The rise in Indonesia, the fourth most populous nation in the world, is being blamed in part on the delta variant of the virus, which was first detected in India and is believed to be more contagious. Indonesia reported more than 20,600 new cases on Monday and more than 400 dead.
Indonesia has reported more than 2.1 million cases since the pandemic began and more than 57,500 deaths, the two most in Southeast Asia.
Less than 5% of the nation’s 270 million adults have been completely vaccinated. The Red Cross called for global action so that countries like Indonesia can get the vaccines they need.
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