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Indonesia is facing a crisis in oxygen as Covid is worsening

In Covid cases, a surge has led to shortages in a number of towns and cities, and Indonesia’s government has ordered oxygen producers to priority medical needs.

Hospitals say they have a hard time with one report that 63 sufferers have died as they grabbed declining oxygen.


Today, more than 25,000 new cases are recorded in the country.


The crisis is attributed to increased travel and the country’s more contagious delta variant.


With approximately 2.3 million positive cases and over 60,000 deaths, the worst outbreak in South East Asia has been in Indonesia in Covid.

But experts warn that, because of severely inadequate tests outside Jakarta, the overall figures are potentially far higher.

In mainland Sumatra and in the tourist island Bali last week a lockdown was announced.

An emergency similar to a war

Over the weekend, emergency departments and public hospital intensive services have been struggling with the influx of people in Bandung, Surakarta, and Pamekasan, with some people having to reject patients.

Others set up outdoor tents.


“That’s a military emergency,” the BBC’s Indonesian service told a woman seeking treatment from her elderly mother. Her mother was first refused in a hospital without beds and was only admitted to another improved tent.

Siti Nadia Tarmizi, an official health ministry official said that they had requested gas to increase medical oxygen production and requested that people, not hedge.

“We hope that people don’t get oxygen,” she said adding that the deficit for others would only worsen.


She says that people have attempted to secure oxygen cylinders privately to treat patients in their homes.


New cylinders and refills are difficult to come by, with high demand doubling prices.

The Rim of a Disaster ‘

In Jakarta, every day after Covid Protocols the number of funerals has increased ten times since early May, the government reported on Sunday.

In the country’s medical frontline workers, there are also many diseases and deaths despite the vaccination of most of them.


Most of the country uses the China Sinovac jabs and experts now discuss giving the new Delta variant a third dose to improve its effectiveness.


Last week, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said the country was ‘teetering on the brink of a disaster in Covid-19.’

In the meantime, Indonesia will change foreign visitor entry regulations from Tuesday onwards, allowing only fully vaccinated individuals with a negative test of Covid, the authorities said.

Eight days in quarantine on arrival are required for incoming visitors.