Indonesia passed two million coronavirus cases on June 21 as infections soar and hospitals are flooded with new patients, prompting warnings that the Southeast Asian nation’s health crisis could spiral out of control.
The unwanted milestone comes after daily case rates more than doubled in recent weeks and authorities identified the presence of highly infectious COVID-19 variants.
Official figures showed that Indonesia had recorded a daily record high of over 14,500 cases, taking the total to just over two million with nearly 55,000 deaths, among a population of nearly 270 million.
But those figures are widely thought to be a severe undercount, due to low testing and contact tracing — some experts have said that official cases may only be about 10 percent of the real number.
Widespread rule-breaking on mask-wearing and other health protocols, as well as vaccine scepticism, are among factors cited for the worsening situation.