By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Indonesia is struggling to slow COVID-19 transmission even after imposing its toughest mobility curbs yet, while its immunization rate is low, with just 5.8% of its 270 million people fully vaccinated.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo extended the emergency public activity restrictions, known locally as PPKM Darurat, to July 31 amid the ongoing surge in COVID-19 transmissions.
“It’s very fair to say that Indonesia is the epicentre of Asia,” said Dicky Budiman, an epidemiologist at Australia’s Griffith University.
In addition, the Indonesia’s doctors association (IDI) says a total of 114 doctors died during July 1-17, the highest number reported for any period of similar length and more than 20% of the 545 total doctor deaths from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
Doctors deaths have increased in Indonesia despite a 95% vaccination rate among health workers. This has prompted the government to use a batch of Moderna vaccines as booster shots to China’s Sinovac for healthcare workers.