But Sulung Mulia Putra, an official at Jakarta health agency, said a shortage at hospitals was temporary and due to distribution issues that were being resolved.
“Distributors don’t have enough transport so hospitals will be helped by the police, parks agency and Red Cross to transport oxygen,” él dijo.
Hospitals in several designated “red zone” areas have reported overcapacity, including Jakarta, with its isolation beds 93% occupied as of Sunday.
“Hospitals are full because of the case surge caused by mobility and loosening health protocol adherence
, worsened also by the Delta variant
,” said senior health ministry official Siti Nadia Tarmizi
In the face of the rise in cases, Indonesia’s health minister is leading a push for stricter controls, sources familiar with government discussions told Reuters.
The spread of the Delta variant has prompted concerns of a crisis in the world’s fourth most populous country on the scale of that in recent months in India
, where the variant was first detected
“Every day we are seeing this Delta variant driving Indonesia closer to the edge of a Covid-19 catastrophe,” said Jan Gelfand, head of the Indonesian delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
Indonesia is banking on mass vaccinations to get on top of the virus, pero sólo 13.3 million of the 181.5 million targeted for inoculation have received the required two doses.
Japan will provide 2 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in July, Indonesia’s foreign minister Retno Marsudi said on Tuesday.
Indonesia has so far received 104 million doses of coronavirus vaccines in total. Out of its population of more than 270 millón, 181.5 million are set to be vaccinated by January 2022.
Indonesia reported 20,467 more infections on Tuesday and 463 more deaths, bringing the totals to 2,156,465 cases and 58,024 fallecidos.