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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - JAKARTA — Indonesia reported 54,517 new cases of COVID-19, authorities said on Wednesday, a single-day national record and dire warning sign for the world's fourth-most populous country.
Some fear the situation may be worse than the numbers show, because not enough people are getting tested for the virus. A survey published on Saturday found that nearly half of the 10.6 million residents of Jakarta may have contracted COVID-19.
Officials are worried that hospitals may not be able to cope with rising number of patients requiring hospitalization, especially as the more infectious Delta variant of the virus spreads. Another 991 COVID19 fatalities were also reported Wednesday, pushing the total death toll to 69,210.
State-run Antara News reported that 90,000 of Indonesia's 120,000 hospital beds are occupied. Prices of oxygen surged in late June, and now some hospitals appear to be running out. More than 60 people died in a single facility earlier this month after a hospital on Java nearly exhausted its oxygen supply, though a hospital spokesman could not confirm if all the dead had contracted COVID-19.
The islands of Bali and Java — which is home to Jakarta, the densely populated capital — were placed under emergency lockdown last week.
Authorities are also struggling get enough people inoculated. Indonesia has fully vaccinated just 5.5 percent of its population, according to CNN's COVID-19 vaccine tracker. In Jakarta, about 2 million people — some 18 percent of the city's population — have been fully vaccinated, according to data from the health ministry.
President Joko Widodo said Wednesday vaccines are Indonesia's "hope to recover from this global health crisis."
"Fair and equal access to vaccines must be guaranteed since we see there is still a wide gap in vaccine access throughout the country," he said, according to Antara.
On Tuesday, nearly 3.5 million doses of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine arrived in Indonesia as part of the global vaccine sharing program COVAX. Indonesia has received more than 14 million vaccines through the program, according to state media.
Asia's COVID-19 outbreaks
In Myanmar, many of those suffering symptoms choose to remain at home because they don't trust the military-run hospitals. Others say people have been turned away from facilities running low on intensive care beds and unable to take in more patients.
Cases are spiking in Malaysia as well. The country's health ministry reported 11,618 new cases on Wednesday, the highest single-day total there since the beginning of the pandemic. State-run Bernama news reported that nearly 435,000 vaccine doses were administered Wednesday, a daily record for Malaysia's vaccination drive.
Thailand is also suffering its worst outbreak of the pandemic. To combat the spike, a government adviser endorsed a plan to mix doses of different coronavirus vaccines, despite public unease. The strategy has not been widely tested.
Japan's capital, Tokyo, remains under a state of emergency that is set to last throughout the Olympic Games, which start next week. The Games will be held without spectators due to the pandemic.
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