Indonesia grapples with ‘worst case scenario’ as COVID-19 cases rise, World News
Indonesia reported more than 56,000 cases on Thursday, becoming the epicenter of the virus in Asia as it fights the “worst case”.
Government Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, describing the situation, said: “We are already in our worst case scenario, if we are talking about 60,000 (daily cases) or a little more than that, then everything is fine. We’re not hoping for 100,000, but even if we do, we are preparing for it. “
The country had reported more than 54,000 cases as of Wednesday as people hunted oxygen cylinders. The virus has spread despite government orders to close shopping malls and restaurants in the capital Jakarta, as reports indicate that the Delta variant has spread to remote areas.
Strict restrictions have also been put in place in Sumatra the island as the country battles the virus.
Reports indicate that hospitals have been operating at full capacity with Java, Sumatra and Kalimantan being hit hard by the virus while Luhut added that the vaccine’s efficacy was lower against the Delta variant.
The country only vaccinated 5.8% of the population, as the virus continues to spread throughout the country.
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank said he approved a $ 500 million loan to Indonesia. The country approved the Pfizer-BioNTech jab for emergency use today as Japan and the United States have sent vaccines to the country.
According to the Indonesian Medical Association, at least 1,000 health workers have died from the virus, most of whom were inoculated with the virus from China Sinovac vaccine.
Authorities said medical workers would receive a third booster shot due to Moderna vaccine to provide additional protection.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) today warned that more dangerous variants could arise as cases continue to rise around the world.
“The pandemic is far from over,” the WHO said.
(With contributions from the Agencies)