Indonesian Doctors Call for Covid-19 Lockdown in Java and Bali to be Extended, Southeast Asia News and Top Stories
JAKARTA – The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) mitigation team called on Sunday, July 18 for an extension of a partial lockdown on the islands of Java and Bali, as the daily increase in Covid-19 cases remains important.
The restrictions must be maintained to avoid a functional collapse of the Indonesian health system, already marked by overcrowded emergency departments, the setting up of tents to increase hospital capacity, a limited supply of medicines and oxygen and a decrease in the number of patients. number of health workers due to infections. said Dr Adib Khumaidi, head of the mitigation team, which reports directly to the Indonesian Minister of Health.
The number of active cases rose from nearly 100,000 in just three days on Tuesday to over 500,000 on Friday and, if the situation continues, it will accelerate the collapse of the health care system, he added.
“Based on the data we have, a number of hospitals are still overloaded. Therefore, we hope these (restrictions) will be extended,” Dr Adib told reporters.
“We have also received reports from areas outside of Java and Bali where cases have started to increase. There should be an effort to extend (the restrictions) to areas with a potential increase in cases.”
Some 114 doctors died from Covid-19 from July 1 to July 17, compared to 51 in the entire month of June, the mitigation team said. Some 545 doctors have died since the start of the pandemic.
The team also proposed other mitigation measures, such as increasing the number of field hospitals and encouraging patients with mild or no symptoms to self-isolate after seeing doctors.
To solve the lack of oxygen supply, Indonesia bought oxygen concentrators from Singapore. It has also received assistance from countries including Singapore and Australia.
Deputy Health Minister Dante Saksono Harbuwono told a press briefing last Saturday that Indonesia would also import drugs from China, India and Switzerland to ensure the availability of essential drugs for patients of Covid-19.
As part of the partial lockdown, which took effect on July 3 and is due to end on Tuesday, grocery stores and supermarkets on the islands of Java and Bali, which account for two-thirds of Covid-19 cases nationwide, must limit their clients to half their capacity. and closing at 8 p.m.
Public places such as malls, parks and places of worship have been ordered to close, and restaurants can only offer take-out or deliveries.
The partial lockdown has been extended to 15 regencies and towns outside Java and Bali since July 12.
The Covid-19 government task force has advised Indonesians in places under partial lockdown, as well as in high and moderate risk areas across the country, to pray at home on Hari Raya Haji and not to travel.
On Saturday, Mr. Luhut Pandjaitan, a senior minister overseeing the emergency restrictions, said the government would decide to extend or relax the restrictions within the next two days.
Indonesia, which overtook India last week as the new epicenter of the pandemic in Asia, reported 44,721 cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections to 2.88 million. Deaths increased by 1,093, bringing the total number of deaths to 73,582.