Update on Indonesia COVID-19 Deaths amid Outbreak Caused by the Delta Variant
INDONESIA – Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases in the country caused by the Delta variant, 114 of its doctors died in just 17 days.
Several countries across the globe continue to face increasing number of COVID-19 cases. Unfortunately, amid the fight, new variants of the coronavirus disease were detected and some caused alarm.
Currently, the Delta variant which was first recorded in India is the variant of concern. It was reported to be more transmissible compared to other variants of COVID-19. It led India to a devastating experience that resulted to a lot of deaths.
Hospitals were crowded with patients and the healthcare facilities reached their full capacity. A lot of people in India died of COVID-19.
The Delta variant was also detected in several other countries. Several nations are currently imposing travel restrictions on passengers from India and other countries that recorded cases of the said variant of coronavirus.
Currently, Indonesia is considered as the epicenter of the spread of COVID-19. The Delta variant caused a spike in the coronavirus cases in the country. Many of its healthcare workers contracted the disease.
Based on a report on a report on Reuters, from July 1 to 17, 114 doctors in Indonesia died of COVID-19. The said number comprises 20% of the total doctor deaths recorded in the country due to coronavirus since the pandemic started. The total is 545.
According to Mahesa Paranadipa, the senior official of Indonesia’s doctors association (IDI), they are concerned that the healthcare system may not be able to cope and the possibility of a “functional collapse”. The deaths were despite the 95% vaccination rate among medical workers.
Reportedly, the current situation in the field urged the Indonesian government to boost the vaccination of the healthcare workers with Moderna vaccine as the booster shot to China’s Sinovac.
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