Oxygen prices in the Indonesian capital have more than doubled and some suppliers reported shortages Tuesday after an increase in COVID-19 cases that prompted the Red Cross to warn of a coronavirus “disaster” in the largest country in Southeast Asia.
Indonesia, which like many other countries struggles with the most transmissible delta variant, has announced a daily record of COVID-19 infections of more than 20,000 in recent days.
As hospitals filled up in the capital, Jakarta, and patients were turned away, some people sought oxygen for infected family members at home. The price of an oxygen tank jumped to US $ 140 from the usual US $ 50, the suppliers said.
âI’m lining up here now to refuel my wife and son who are now COVID-19 positive,â Taufik Hidayat, 51, said at a supplier. “I went around and everything was sold out.”
Sellers in other parts of Jakarta told Reuters their stocks had also dried up.
But Sulung Mulia Putra, an official with the Jakarta health agency, said a shortage in hospitals was temporary and due to distribution issues that were being addressed.
“Distributors do not have enough transport, so hospitals will be helped by the police, the parks agency and the Red Cross to carry oxygen,” he said.
Hospitals in several designated “red zone” areas reported overcapacity, including Jakarta, with its isolation beds 93% occupied on Sunday.
“Hospitals are full due to the upsurge in cases caused by mobility and the loosening of compliance with health protocol, also aggravated by the delta variant,” said Siti Nadia Tarmizi, senior official at the Ministry of Health.
The spread of the delta variant has raised concerns about a crisis in the world’s fourth most populous country on the scale of that of recent months in India, where the variant was first detected.
“Every day we see this delta variant bringing Indonesia closer to the edge of a COVID-19 disaster,” said Jan Gelfand, head of the Indonesian delegation to the International Federation of Red Cross and Crescent Societies. -Red (FICR).
Indonesia relies on mass vaccinations to bring the virus under control, but only 13.3 million of 181.5 million targeted for inoculation received the required two doses
-From Reuters, last update 8:30 am ET
What’s happening across Canada
As of 11:45 a.m.ET Tuesday, Canada had reported 1,414,530 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 7,641 considered active. A CBC News death tally stood at 26,267. More than 36.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across the country to date, according to the CBC vaccine tracker.
In Atlantic Canada, Tuesday, Prince Edward Island has reported a new case of COVID-19. The new case is the only active infection reported in the province.
New Scotland also reported a new case of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus on Tuesday. Provincial Premier Iain Rankin and Top Doctor Robert Strang are expected to provide an update on COVID-19 in the province later today.
Health officials in Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick had not yet provided updates for the day.
In Quebec, where COVID-19 restrictions were relaxed further on Monday, health officials on Tuesday reported 71 new cases of COVID-19 and four more deaths.
Ontario Tuesday reported 299 new cases of COVID-19 and 25 more deaths.
In a statement, a provincial spokesperson said that due to a “data review and cleansing,” Tuesday’s figures include “90 cases from 2020 that have been included in Toronto’s case count. “.
“In addition, 19 deaths from the previous months were also included,” the statement said.
In the North, no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Nunavut Tuesday. Health officials in the Northwest Territories and Yukon have not yet provided updates for the day. However, Yukon health officials reported 24 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the majority of which were in Whitehorse.
In the Prairie Provinces, Monday, Manitoba reported no new deaths and 61 new cases of COVID-19. Dr Brent Roussin, the provincial chief public health officer, urged people to keep contacts low even as the number of cases declines.
“We are still seeing transmission, we are still reporting cases, we are still reporting – unfortunately – serious results, we still have people hospitalized,” Roussin said on Monday.
In Saskatchewan, health officials reported no new deaths on Monday and 17 more cases of COVID-19, the lowest daily number of cases the province has seen since October.
Alberta Health officials reported 31 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. The province, which reported figures for the weekend, also reported two more deaths.
In British Columbia, health authorities reported 38 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. The update, which covered the weekend, also included five additional deaths.
-From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated 11:45 am ET
What is happening in the world
As of early Tuesday afternoon, more than 181.5 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to a coronavirus tracking tool maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The death toll worldwide was over 3.9 million.
In the Americas, the United States has announced that it will donate one million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to Paraguay.
Colombia, meanwhile, said it would receive a US donation of 2.5 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Janssen, the pharmaceutical unit of Johnson & Johnson.
In the Asia Pacific region, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte extended restrictions on travel and business in the capital and neighboring provinces until mid-July and maintained tighter restrictions in central and southern regions, said Tuesday a manager.
In Europe, Russian authorities on Tuesday reported 652 new deaths from the coronavirus – the highest daily tally in the pandemic. The new record comes as Russia struggles to cope with rising infections and deaths and low vaccine uptake. Although Russia was among the first countries to announce and deploy a vaccine against the coronavirus, only around 14% of the population received at least one injection.
The French government is urging all nursing home staff across the country to get vaccinated. It is sending more doses of the vaccine to an area in the southwest where the delta variant of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly.
The European Union says the bloc’s cultural institutions have lost up to four-fifths of their income and attendance as the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the continent.
COVID-19 infections in Africa will likely surpass previous peaks within days, underscoring an urgent need to speed up vaccine supply and funding for the region, said International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva.
Tanzania will spend US $ 470 million to purchase vaccines and support economic sectors hard hit by the coronavirus, President Samia Suluhu Hassan said.
In the Middle East, Abu Dhabi, the oil capital of the United Arab Emirates, has announced that a wide range of public places will soon be accessible only to people vaccinated against the coronavirus in an effort to encourage more people to get vaccinated.
The UAE government said on Monday that from August 20, authorities will begin restricting access to shopping malls, restaurants, cafes, sporting activities, museums, gymnasiums, schools and universities. The unvaccinated will effectively be banned from entering any business in the city, except supermarkets and pharmacies.
Abu Dhabi already has a “green pass” system in place that limits public access to those who have received the vaccine or may present a negative virus test.
It comes as the country is increasingly betting its economic reopening on its rapid vaccination campaign. The government says at least 93% of Abu Dhabi’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.
-From The Associated Press and Reuters, last updated at 12:25 p.m. ET
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