Active Covid cases in country dip to 4,972
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Covid-19 cases in Indonesia have been exceeding 40,000 a day, surpassing cases in India, which is now experiencing a decline. Due to the rise in the number of cases, the Indonesian government expanded nationwide curbs against Covid-19 on July 7.

In response to the spike in respiratory disease cases, authorities announced plans to import liquid oxygen and tens of thousands of concentrators from abroad.

Senior Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said President Joko Widodo had directed ministers to take immediate action over the oxygen shortage, as the country is importing 40,000 tonnes of liquid oxygen from the United States, China, and Japan to treat milder cases at home. 

Currently, 1,928 tons of oxygen are needed daily. And the country’s production capacity is 2,262 tons per day, according to government figures.

According to Indonesia’s health minister, Budi Gunadai Sadikin, hospitals in densely populated Java are overflowing, and the production of medical oxygen is has outstripped the demand.

Jakarta and West Java are among nine provinces that reported an occupancy rate of over 80 per cent. Since June, independent data group Lapor Covid-19 says 453 Indonesians have died from the Coronavirus in self-isolation due to a shortage of hospital beds.

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