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Indonesia's coronavirus spike has health experts worried the worst is yet to come

June 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A jump in coronavirus cases on Indonesia's two most populous islands has health experts worried the worst could be yet to come, with few curbs on movement at a time when dangerous variants drive record fatalities elsewhere in Southeast Asia.

A jump in coronavirus cases on Indonesia's two most populous islands has health experts worried the worst could be yet to come, with few curbs on movement at a time when dangerous variants drive record fatalities elsewhere in Southeast Asia.

In Riau on Sumatra, daily cases more than doubled from early April to over 800 by mid-May, while the positivity rate was at 35. 8% last week, said Wildan Asfan Hasibuan, an epidemiologist and provincial task force adviser.

Dicky Budiman, an epidemiologist from Australia's Griffith University, said Indonesia should take variants more seriously -- particularly the B. 1. 617. 2 strain, first identified in India, which he said was in its early stage of spreading.

"If we don't change our strategy, we will face an explosion of cases in the community, mortality will increase," he said.

we will face an explosion of cases which we cannot contain or respond to in our health facilities. "

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