Indonesia Passes 100,000 Covid-19 Deaths
Jakarta, Indonesia: Indonesia recorded a record death toll of more than 100,000 people killed by COVID-19 on Wednesday, with data from the country’s health ministry showing that Southeast Asia has recently counted one in five people worldwide.
Indonesia has been battling the coronavirus epidemic and the death toll from the highly contagious Delta variety last month, as the country has quickly become an Asian coronavirus.
On Wednesday, data showed that the total number of infections in Indonesia has reached 3.53 million, while deaths have risen by 1,747 to 100,636, although public health experts believe the actual figure may be too high.
“Indonesia needs a thorough study of Covid deaths,” said Defriman Djafri, a gynecologist at Andalas University in Padang, West Sumatra, citing a medical response.
Delays in hospital treatment that could have resulted in preventable COVID-19 deaths and the rate of co-morbidity should be investigated, he added.
The Indonesian coroanvirus death toll was nearly 50,000 at the end of May, meaning that the death toll has doubled since then.
Diagnosis and follow-up errors have increased the death toll, said Masdalina Pane from Indonesia’s Epidemiologist’s Association.
“Patients arrive at the hospital in a critical or critical condition,” he said, adding: “They came to the hospital to die.”
Indonesia, the fourth most populous country in the world, has 12 deaths from the virus worldwide, after countries such as the United States, India and Brazil, according to data compiled by Reuters COVID-19 tracker.
The country currently leads the world with a daily number of reported new deaths, including one in five deaths, details have shown.
Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said this week there were good indications that Indonesia’s second worst wave had risen, especially in parts of the densely populated islands of Java, although concerns remained in some regions, especially in remote islands.
Although cases have begun to disappear in some areas, President Joko Widodo said the public transport restrictions introduced in early July would remain in place until August 9 in designated areas, including Jakarta.
Launching a campaign of prominence in January to reach 208 million people next year, the largest Southeast Asian country has so far vaccinated less than 11% of its target, hampered by supply and equipment problems and vaccination doubts.
In an effort to speed up the evacuation, the Department of Health said this week people without IDs would be able to get vaccinated, a move aimed at reaching the country’s poorest people.