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Indonesia announces biggest daily rise in coronavirus cases, 24 doctors now dead

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Indonesia announces biggest daily rise in coronavirus cases, 24 doctors now dead

 

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Medical workers wearing disposable raincoats as their protective suits to serve patients are pictured amid the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at a local health center in Aceh, Indonesia, April 6, 2020 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Picture taken April 6, 2020. Antara Foto/Irwansyah Putra/ via REUTERS

 

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia announced its biggest daily increase in novel coronavirus cases on Monday and a medical association said 24 doctors had now died after contracting the virus.

 

The rise in the death toll among doctors, which has doubled since last week, followed criticism of a lack of protective equipment in Indonesia.

 

The 218 new coronavirus cases took the number overall in Indonesia to 2,491. The 209 confirmed deaths among people who have contracted the virus is the highest number of fatalities in Asia outside China.

 

"The trend of (doctors dying) is heading for the sky," said Halik Malik, a spokesman for the Indonesian Doctors Association which confirmed the doctors' deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.

 

"The risk of medical workers getting infected is always there... but the point is medical workers need to be protected in any way," said Malik.

 

A number of rights groups, including Amnesty International, have expressed concern at the high proportion of deaths among medical workers.

 

"The death of medical workers is not just a number, but an alarm for the country to fix their health system in an emergency situation," a coalition of the groups said in a statement on Saturday.

 

Health experts have pointed to the high percentage of deaths among the number of confirmed cases as a sign the outbreak is much larger than official data suggests in the world's fourth most-populous nation.

 

Indonesia's own intelligence agency last week revealed that it expected coronavirus cases to peak in the next three months, surpassing 100,000 cases by July.

 

President Joko Widodo told a cabinet meeting on Monday that personal protective equipment (PPE) had been distributed across Indonesia, though he said regional officials must monitor the arrival of the equipment in hospitals.

 

Indonesian healthcare workers have at time faced a lack of protective gear, with some doctors forced to wear raincoats and bring their own masks to protect themselves from the virus.

 

A deficit in hospital beds, medical staff and intensive care facilities has raised concern the coronavirus crisis could push Indonesia's health system to the brink.

 

At least 10 Indonesian provinces, including the eastern provinces of Maluku and Papua, lack COVID-19 facilities, Doni Monardo, the head of Indonesia's coronavirus taskforce, told parliament on Monday.

 

In recent weeks, Indonesia has converted a former Vietnam war era refugee camp on an uninhabited island off Sumatra, and a former athletes' village into coronavirus treatment facilities.

 

(Reporting by Stanley Widianto and Nilufar Rizki; Editing by Kate Lamb, Ed Davies and Timothy Heritage)

 

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Oh my goodness, they were wearing raincoats to fight covid 19. Good luck and take care.

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In Indonesia the situation is much worse than thye are reporting. The number of infected people is not even close to the reality. And from that picture you can see the staff is not equipped with the proper gear. It's a difficult situation there.

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Everyone thinks it will be bad in S. E. Asia but I hate to think about what will happen in Africa.

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reminds of the anti Vietnam war song by country Joe and the fish,with a tweak;

And it's 1234 ' what are we fightin against,don't ask me i don't give a damn,im'e here in Covid land"

and it's 5678 open up the pearly gates ,whoppee covid the reason why we all gonna choke and die'

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Close the mosques.

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On 4/7/2020 at 7:52 AM, webfact said:

The rise in the death toll among doctors, which has doubled since last week, followed criticism of a lack of protective equipment in Indonesia.

I'd say that was a fair assumption...

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14 hours ago, Krataiboy said:

Close the mosques.

Good call. Shoulda' been automatic.

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On 4/7/2020 at 8:07 AM, kevin612 said:

Oh my goodness, they were wearing raincoats to fight covid 19. Good luck and take care.

They are using them in Thailand too...was on the TV news not long ago.

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