The Indonesian government has increased the number of hospital beds to prepare for an increase in cavities infection after the holiday, but the country’s health minister, Budi Gunadi Sadikin, said the country’s daily conditions have risen to new highs. some areas are still bedless.
In an interview with Acesparks’s Street Signs Asia, he said there are up to 130,000 beds dedicated to Kovid patients in Indonesia, and as of last night, 72,000 people are in isolated beds.
But he acknowledged that the Southeast Asian state faces two challenges.
“The first issue is that the acceleration is much faster than we saw in January and February,” he said. “So for a very dense area … we’re going to start moving restrictions to reduce the speed of patients coming to the hospital next week.”
He linked the proliferation of new cases to the delta variant first identified in India.
Last week and Thursday, Indonesia tightened restrictions on infected areas stricter emergency measures will be implemented from 3 July to 20 July.
The second problem is that infectious diseases have accumulated in some parts of the country, especially on its most populous island, Java.
“In the Jakarta region, it accounts for 90 percent of the bed volume,” he said Wednesday.
Ian Gelfand, a spokesman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said countries like Indonesia needed a “lightning fast move” to get vaccines.
“Every day we see this Delta option that brings Indonesia closer to the brink of the Covid-19 disaster.” This was announced by the head of the Indonesian delegation IFRC Gelfand.
Minister of Health of Indonesia is reportedly seeking tougher Kovid measures in Indonesia, but told Acesparks that officials are not considering a nationwide blockade.
“Of course not, because … the cluster is only located in a specific area,” he said. “There is no such thing in Kalimantan. There is no such thing in Sulawesi. In most of Sumatra it is not, and (and) Bali is still under control.”
Indonesia’s tourism minister told Acesparks this week the country wanted to reopen Bali, in late July or early August, a popular destination for a holiday, but in these cases it is necessary to “keep in mind” the recent events.
Health Minister Budi said only 30-40 per cent of hospital beds are used in Sumatra and Kalimantan. “It’s not evenly distributed.”
Kovid-19 disease within the Wisma Athlete Covid-19 Emergency Hospital Complex.
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He also said that if necessary, Indonesia could increase oxygen production, thereby changing part of the country’s industrial supply of hospitals.
But the issue of distribution is relevant because the factories are mainly located in West Java and East Java, while central Java needs to supply oxygen.
As for vaccinations, Budi said the country has conducted 43 million shots on about 28 million people. That’s slightly more than 10 percent of Indonesia’s population of around 276 million.
He said the vaccination rate this week was about 1 million doses per day.
“Our president has asked me to increase from one million doses to 2 million doses per day, which can be achieved … because now we are asking for help from the entire private sector, all the police and the army,” he said.
Indonesia has received donations from Covax, a global alliance that seeks to supply vaccines to China, Japan, Australia, the United States and poor countries, Budi said. They also have contracts to purchase vaccines AstraZeneca and Pfizer, he said.
According to the World Health Organization, Covid disease, which was reported in Indonesia from June 21 to June 27, increased by 60 percent compared to the previous week. Approximately 2476 deaths were recorded during that period.
As of June 29, Indonesia had confirmed 2.16 million coronavirus infections and 58,024 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.