Just a month ago, there were about 8,000 infected people in Indonesia every day. In India, the worst-hit Asian country to date, 39,000 new cases were reported on Wednesday. The most infected were reported in India in May, when the number rose by more than 400,000 daily. According to AP, the lockdown in the most affected areas, as well as the progress in vaccination, contributed to the improvement of the situation.
Indonesian officials fear that a more contagious variant of the delta is spreading from the islands of Java and Bali, for which they have introduced a partial lockdown and closed religious facilities, shopping malls, parks and restaurants. Indonesian Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin told MPs on Tuesday that more than 90,000 of the 120,000 hospital beds for covid patients are already occupied. Few beds are available mainly in the provinces, which are the focus of the delta variant.
“I expect the epidemic to spread even more in July,” epidemiologist Panda Riono of the University of Indonesia warned on Wednesday. He added that he considered anti-pandemic restrictions to be insufficient – given the delta variant, he said they should be twice as strict as they are. On Wednesday, the Indonesian Ministry of Health reported 54,517 newly infected and 991 deaths from covid. The number of confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic has thus climbed to more than 2.6 million; in total, they register more than 69,000 victims.
The Indonesian government aims to vaccinate more than 181 million people out of the country’s 270 million population by March 2022. So far, only 15.6 million people have been vaccinated with both doses. The government has so far secured 137.6 million doses of vaccines from Sinovac, AstraZeneca and Moderna, which are enough for about 69 million people.