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Indonesia is now the epicenter of Asia's Covid-19 crisis. Here's what you need to know

July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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TOPSHOT - A medical staff member checks on Covid-19 coronavirus patients at a hospital's intensive care unit (ICU) ward in Bogor on June 18, 2021, as Indonesias Covid-19 coronavirus infection rate soars. (Photo by ADITYA AJI / AFP) (Photo by ADITYA AJI/AFP via Getty Images)

For much of last year, it seemed like Indonesia had managed to keep its Covid-19 outbreak largely under control.

How did Covid-19 cases and deaths surge in Indonesia?

As of July 20, Indonesia had recorded nearly 3 million total cases and more than 76,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Indonesia's Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin told CNN in early July that authorities at first did not realize how quickly the virus had been spreading during this latest wave.

In Kudus, central Java, cases jumped nearly 7,600% in the four weeks following Eid Al-Fitr, Reuters reported on June 11, citing Wiku Adisasmito of Indonesia's Covid-19 task force.

In Jakarta, nearly half of the capital's 10. 6 million residents may have contracted Covid-19, according to a health survey published July 10.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said July 14 that vaccines are the country's "hope to recover from this global health crisis. " But as of July 20, Indonesia had fully vaccinated just 6% of its population, according to CNN's Covid-19 vaccine tracker.

In addition to the US, several countries have donated vaccines and medical supplies to ease Indonesia's Covid crisis.

On July 7, Australia said it would send a health package to help Indonesia, which includes $8. 8 million for medical equipment, including 1,000 ventilators, up to 700 oxygen concentrators, and more than 170 oxygen cylinders.

"Australia stands with our close partner and neighbour Indonesia as it responds to a significant surge in Covid-19 cases," a statement from Marise Payne, the country's Minister of Foreign Affairs said.

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