Indonesia Warns of Second COVID-19 Wave

Indonesia has warned the second wave of COVID-19 as it has been continuing to battle the Delta variant as it has recorded its highest daily death toll due to the virus.

“We can already see that the peak has been exceeded, especially in areas in Java,” health minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said.

“Improvements are starting to appear,” he added.

The country has over three million confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 2069 deaths recorded on Tuesday.

On average, 50,000 new cases are reported each day, estimates that are widely believed to be grossly underestimated due to low testing rates and poor contact tracing.

Meanwhile, the country has been supporting vulnerable and marginalized communities.

“We’re working with local communities, our partners, and the Church network to support vulnerable communities to meet their daily needs during this crisis, as well as support the vaccine rollout and testing,” Willy Tan, Caritas Australia’s Program Coordinator for Indonesia, said.

Due to logistical challenges, supply issues, and vaccine hesitancy, Indonesia’s national vaccination program was inaugurated in January, but optimistic targets were not met.

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