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‘Wrong’ strategy brings Indonesia closer to 1 million COVID-19 cases

  • Ardila Syakriah
    Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, January 26, 2021   /  07:01 am
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Time to reflect: A grave digger watches as health protocol violators (wearing orange vests) sit near COVID-19 graves at the Jombang Cemetery in South Tangerang, Banten, on Jan. 18, 2020. The violators are at the cemetery as a punishment and to contemplate the risks of breaking health rules during the COVID-19 pandemic.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Indonesia is approaching the 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases mark as the country suffers from “wrong” testing, tracing and isolating strategies, as well as a surge in hospitalizations. The country logged 9,994 new confirmed cases and 297 new deaths on Monday, bringing the total tally to 999,256 cases and 28,132 deaths. According to the official count, there are now over 161,000 active cases in the country. However, epidemiologists have said that the country may have reached the 1-million milestone long before the government updated its official count. “We’re only testing suspected cases with symptoms; many cases may have gone undetected,” said Padjadjaran University (Unpad) epidemiologist Panji Fortuna Hadisoemarto. “There’s also the late reporting of cases […] because results are released the day after [tests are taken...