Indonesia is the new epicentre of the COVID pandemic as the Delta variant surges and vaccination rates lag

Indonesia is the new epicentre of the COVID pandemic as the Delta variant surges and vaccination rates lag

Indonesia is the new epicentre of the COVID pandemic as the Delta variant surges and vaccination rates lag A COVID-19 crisis has unfolded as the highly transmissible Delta variant tears through Indonesia, where health facilities have buckled under the pressure. Cases in the fourth-most populous nation in the world are soaring — killing doctors and children — and it has become the new coronavirus epicentre, surpassing India, despite only having a fraction of its population. On Thursday alone, official figures revealed more than 49,500 new positive cases and 1,449 deaths — the highest since the pandemic began. But despite government efforts to lock down major islands, the number of deaths continues to grow as gravediggers work through the night, and coffin makers struggle to keep up with demand. So how did Indonesia end up here? Mixed messages from the top Local epidemiologists have repeatedly criticised the Indonesian government for not following advice from experts and scientists. Last year in the early days of the pandemic, Indonesia's then health minister Terawan Agus Putrantro attributed the low number of infections to prayer. …
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