Indonesia reports record death rate from Delta variant in July


Lahore, 19th July: In Indonesia, a total of 114 doctors died during the first 17 days in the month of July, the highest number reported for any period of similar length.

After the widespread Delta variant of COVID-19 wreaked havoc in Indonesia, the number of healthcare doctors who lost their lives has increased drastically.

According to reports, the number of doctors who lost their lives owing to the Delta variant has risen to a record-high, after 114 doctors died from July 1-17.

Officials from Indonesia’s doctor’s association (IDI) said during a virtual news conference that more than 20% of the 545 total doctor deaths occurred from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

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As per reports, despite a 95% vaccination rate among health workers, deaths of doctors have increased in Indonesia, which is the world’s fourth-most populous nation.

Following this, the government used a batch of Moderna vaccines as booster shots after healthcare workers received China’s Sinovac.

In recent days, Indonesia has reported more new coronavirus cases than any country in the world, after the spread of the more virulent Delta variant. The data received from a Reuter’s tracker showed that Indonesia was second only to Brazil in terms of death rate owing to the delta variant.

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Hence, the health experts are calling Indonesia the new epicenter of the pandemic, after it reported 44,721 cases and 1,093 new deaths from the virus on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the government on July 3 imposed strict curbs to slow the spread of the virus. The restrictions are set to end on Tuesday but may get extended.

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