Coronavirus Live News: Deaths in England and Wales Peak in Three Months; Indonesia faces increase in cases | World news
IndonesiaBritish Columbia health workers are struggling under the weight of new cases seven days after the world’s fourth most populous country suffered its deadliest day with 2,069 deaths.
As of Sunday, the total number of official cases stood at over 3.4 million with 97,291 deaths, although with poor testing and many people dying at home, the actual numbers would be considerably higher, reports the AP news agency.
As the region grapples with a new wave of coronavirus fueled by the delta variant, Indonesia’s death rate hit a 7-day moving average of 6.5 per million on August 1, just behind Myanmar and well above at the record rate of 3.04 in India which it reached in May at the height of its epidemic.
Among the dead in Indonesia are more than 1,200 health workers, including 598 doctors, according to the risk mitigation team of the Indonesian Medical Association. The doctors included at least 24 who were fully vaccinated.
Many more are exhausted from the workload, said Mahesa Paranadipa, who co-leads the mitigation team, making them more likely to fall ill.
We worry about overloaded workloads that last for a long time, causing potential burnout conditions. This fatigue leads to a decrease in the immunity of healthcare workers.
Recognizing the risks facing health workers, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said on Monday that a top priority was to give them a third dose of the booster vaccine.
Most of those vaccinated have received Sinovac, which appears to be less effective against the delta variant, and Indonesia has already started giving boosters.
In addition to the lack of medical personnel, Indonesia also suffers from an insufficient supply.
Staff are reporting oxygen shortages and hospitals being filled well beyond the capacity of their patients, making it even more difficult to treat people properly.
Over the past two months, it has become common to see dozens of people with severe symptoms lining up for a bed in the hospital emergency unit, and more queues of people waiting for a place in the hospital. isolation room after treatment, said a worker.
Some patients brought their own oxygen cylinders with them, and as hospital supplies dwindled, doctors and nurses had to ask them to share with others.