Delta variant wreaking havoc on viral Indonesia - Asia Times
Delta variant wreaking havoc on viral Indonesia
JAKARTA – The Indonesian government may have prevented tens of millions of people from returning to their hometowns in the immediate aftermath of the Ramadhan fasting month, but once the restriction was lifted in mid-May it could do little to stop the inevitable floodtide that followed.The consequences of that are now being felt following a dramatic rise in Covid-19 infections from a plateau of 5,500 daily cases in early June to 15,508 on June 23, similar to what happened following the Christmas-New Year holidays.It is the highest single-day rise since the pandemic hit the country in February last year, with the number of deaths rising by more than 100 a day over the last three weeks to 55,544 and a positivity rate now recorded at 49%.
Effective Friday, Hong Kong has banned all flights from Indonesia, placing the country on its extremely high-risk list, or Group A1, alongside Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and South Africa. The latest outbreak has included a large number of cases of the so-called Delta variant, which health experts say is more transmittable than the original Covid-19 strain and was responsible for a huge increase in infections across India in recent months.So far, the majority of cases have been in Central Java, where the local government has designated 13 districts and cities as red zones, including the provincial capital of Semarang and its surrounding area.
In the worst-hit district of Kudus, scores of stricken health workers recently injected with the Sinovac vaccine have all recovered quickly, encouraging news for a country that is relying heavily on China for its early vaccine rollout.