Indonesia expands nationwide Covid-19 curbs – News Vibe24

    Indonesia expands nationwide Covid-19 curbs - Times of India
    JAKARTA: Indonesia on Wednesday extended a nationwide Korana virus restriction to fight the deadly Covid-19 wave, as the death toll skyrocketed with the government warning that the worst could yet come.
    The new restrictions will apply to dozens of cities and extend from the island of Sumatra in the west to the east of Papua, as the highly contagious variant of the Delta that crosses the archipelago of Southeast Asia after hitting densely populated Java.
    “Cases are also increasing in other areas and we need to pay attention to the availability of hospitals there,” said Senior Minister Airlangga Hartarto, adding: “The government has decided to extend the restrictions until July 20.
    The country’s hospitals are bending under pressure as a wave of patients floods the vast healthcare system.
    This week, the government began catching new viruses in the affected capital Jakarta, across Java and the holiday island of Bali, reporting a record 31,189 new infections and 728 deaths on Tuesday – up to seven times the daily mortality rate of less than one year ago. one month.
    Areas affected by the extensive restrictions announced Wednesday have a much lower daily number of cases than the Covid Java Center, which hosts more than half of Indonesia’s estimated 270 million people.
    However, the limited health care services in these areas are already under pressure and an explosion in cases that could bring them to their knees, Hartarto warned.
    “The facilities in these areas are limited and overcrowded,” he said, adding that even stricter rules could be followed if infections continue to rise.
    Wider restrictions include forcing the majority of unnecessary employees to work from home, as well as limiting the hours of shops and restaurants.
    Mosques and churches of the Muslim majority were also closed in high-risk areas.


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