Indonesia is still in its strongest epidemic to date and more than 20,000 infections have been reported daily in recent days.
On Wednesday, Reuters reported 21,807 new cases of infection.
The Red Cross warns of lack of oxygen, testing and vaccination. About exploding capacity in hospitals in Jakarta and other parts of the country.
– John Kelfand, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Indonesia, says that every day we see this delta variation taking Indonesia one step further than a corona catastrophe. In a statement on Tuesday.
There have been more than 2.1 million epidemics in Indonesia since the outbreak, and more than 57,500 people have died.
They are found in large numbers in countries in Southeast Asia, According to AP.
The spread of the delta
More than 20 percent of the coronary tests currently being performed in Indonesia are positive, According to Al Jazeera.
– These are big numbers. Olav Osland, emergency aid coordinator at the Red Cross, says it is a strong sign that there is a lot of unconfirmed or hidden infection among the population.
– Our colleagues at the Indonesian Red Cross report that the Kovit-19 hospital they run is overcrowded and that they have set up additional tents to receive more patients. They also report a lack of oxygen in the country, he says.
Lack of oxygen
Oxygen prices in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta have more than doubled since Tuesday. According to Reuters.
When many suppliers in the city reported a lack of oxygen.
Now the price of an oxygen tank has risen from $ 50 to $ 140, which is equivalent to about 1200 Norwegian kroner.
While standing in line for oxygen in Jakarta, Tufik Hidayat, 51, told Reuters he needed to “refill my wife and son with Kovit-19 oxygen.”
– I have been to many places, but it has been sold everywhere, he says.
Local health officials say the oxygen shortage is temporary and that it is due to supply problems, which are now being addressed.
Depending on the Chinese vaccine
The country is suffering from a severe infectious disease at low speeds of vaccination. Less than 5 percent of Indonesia’s population has been vaccinated, according to the Ministry of Health.
Indonesia uses the Sinovac vaccine, which comes mainly from China, to vaccinate people. But new deaths in the country have contributed to questions about the effect of the vaccine against delta variation.
At least 10 Indonesian doctors, all fully vaccinated, this month Govit-19, According to The Guardian.
Officials are now considering whether health professionals should get alternative vaccine levels to boost immunity.
Great shortage of vaccines
The Red Cross says Indonesia is one of the countries most affected by the crooked distribution of vaccines.
– You work hard on the vaccination program. But only 5 percent are vaccinated, and 70 percent of the population needs 360 million doses to be vaccinated, says Australia.
He believes the availability of vaccines in Indonesia, like many other countries in the world, is very low.
– The fact that we get the lowest number of vaccines in the poorest countries in the world and the only thing that can prevent the infection is that you get more vaccine protection in the population.