Indonesia on Sunday broke a new record for daily cases of coronavirus, with more than 21,000 infections, while hospitals are flooded with patients in Jakarta and other parts of the country, the most affected by the covid-19 pandemic in Southeast Asia.
To date, the archipelago has registered more than 2.1 million cases of coronavirus and 57,138 deaths since the start of the pandemic. But the true figure is believed to be much higher due to low detection rates.
The number of new cases of covid-19 in Indonesia It has skyrocketed in recent weeks after millions of people traveled at the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in May, and authorities identified the presence of new, highly infectious strains of the virus.
Fears are growing that the precarious Indonesian healthcare system could collapse, and there are reports that some overwhelmed hospitals are being forced to turn away patients.
The country aims to have more than 180 million of its 270 million inhabitants vaccinated by the beginning of next year, but so far only 5% of the population has been vaccinated.
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