In July, Indonesia reported a record number of doctor deaths as a result of COVID-19
According to the profession’s association, COVID-19-related deaths among doctors in Indonesia increased dramatically in the first half of July, as the Delta version of the coronavirus fueled a surge in infections across the country. During a virtual news conference, officials from Indonesia’s doctor’s association (IDI) said that 114 doctors died between July 1 and July 17, the highest number documented for any period of similar length and more than 20% of the 545 total doctor deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
According to a recording of the occasion, Mahesa Paranadipa, a top IDI official, expressed fear that the medical system might not be able to cope.
“We are worried about the potential of a functional collapse,” Paranadipa. “This is the reported data, not yet data that may not have been reported to us.”
Despite a 95 percent immunization rate among health personnel, doctor deaths have climbed in Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country. As a result, the government has decided to employ a batch of Moderna vaccinations as booster doses for healthcare professionals who have received China’s Sinovac vaccine.
According to data from a Reuter’s tracker, Indonesia has recorded more new coronavirus cases than any other country in recent days. This is owing to the emergence of the more virulent Delta variety. In terms of the death toll, it was second only to Brazil.
The country is being dubbed the new epicenter of the pandemic by health experts. On Sunday, Indonesia reported 44,721 new instances of the virus, including 1,093 additional deaths.
To prevent the spread of the illness, the authorities implemented tight mobility restrictions on July 3. They’re supposed to end on Tuesday, but they may be prolonged. The IDI’s litigation team leader, Adib Khumaidi, did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comment.