Delta virus is rampant! Indonesia’s single-day diagnosis reaches 30,000, and the number of deaths soars to a new high

A new wave of Wuhan pneumonia (novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19) is raging in Indonesia, with the number of confirmed cases reaching a record high of 30,000 on a single day today (6) and the number of deaths on a single day also setting a new record.

The media reported that Indonesia, the most serious epidemic in Southeast Asia, was ravaged by the more infectious Delta variant of the virus, with a record number of single-day confirmations in 11 of the past 16 days, and the health care system is on the verge of collapse, with more and more patients unable to receive medical care.

The Ministry of Health reported Tuesday that 31,189 new cases were added to yesterday’s 29,745, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,345,018; the number of deaths in a single day also surged to 728, seven times the number of nearly a month ago, from 558 yesterday, with 61,686 cumulative deaths.

Officials warned that the number of confirmed cases on a single day could be as high as 40,000 or more, and the government is stepping up preparations for medical supplies. “The worst-case scenario could even have an additional 60,000 to 70,000 cases per day. But we hope that won’t happen.”

Indonesia has a population of more than 270 million, and the government hopes to vaccinate more than 180 million people by early next year, with only 1.6 percent of the total population currently fully vaccinated.