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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

COVID - 19 : India Sends Medical Help To Indonesia As Surge In Cases Overwhelm Hospitals

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India has sent medical assistace to Indonesia as the world's fourth-most populous country, grapples with a massive surge in new COVID cases following an outbreaks of the Delta variant of the virus.

Earlier it had sent oxygen to same Indonesia during the deadly second wave.

Indonesia is now reporting more COVID - 19  related deaths than Brazil, recording over 2.8 million cases and 73,582 deaths overall. 

Till date, the United States has the highest COVID-19 cases, hitting all time high at 34 million and deaths at 609,000 and closely followed by Brazil where over 540,000 people have died.

Surge in COVID cases in Indonesia has overwhelmed the countrtry's hospitals and depleted its oxygen supply deemed crucial in saving lives.

The government has added beds and imported oxygen tanks, but the rising caseload continues to overtake  every healthcare effort, prompting 
India to dispatch a naval ship with 300 oxygen concentrators and 100 metric tons of liquid medical oxygen to the troubled Indonesia.

Indian foreign minister S Jaishankar in a recent Twitter post said Indian Naval Ship (INS) Airawat was on its way to Tanjung Priok in Indonesia with medical help. “India stands with its partners in the fight against Covid," he said.

However, a delay was later reported in the arrival of the ship.

"There has been a delay in the arrival of INS Airawat reaching Tanjung Priok, Indonesia, carrying 300 oxygen concentrators & 100 MT of Liquid Medical Oxygen from India. Will keep you posted for further developments,” Jaishankar said in
 tweet.

Preventive measures such as vaccination in Indonesia has lagged behind globally, a common trend that in most of Southeast Asia.

As of July 16, about 5.89% of the Indonesian population has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to Our World in Data.

Placed side by side, Thailand has fully inoculated nearly 5% of its population while the Philippines has reached almost 4%. In Malaysia, another country in the region facing a resurgence, 13.3% of the population is vaccinated. Singapore stands as an outlier regionally with one of the fastest vaccination rates globally — more than 44% of the population has been fully inoculated.

Meanwhile, Indonesian finance minister, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, on Tuesday said that the country  needs to "protect the people" and spend more to support them during the pandemic, arguing that it is unlikely  — and it's not likely to hurt the economic recovery efforts.

The social safety net for Indonesians has been increased by 20% while health-care expenditure has also moved up by nearly 19% and entails extending  government support to the poor and those impacted negatively by economic crisis.




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