Indonesian COVID-19 explosion batters hospitals

Indonesia warned it was bracing for a punishing surge in Covid-19 cases as its daily toll soared to a record 728 deaths on July 6 and hospitals crumble under the weight of the country’s deadliest wave yet.

Emergency oxygen supplies for virus patients were being flown in from neighboring Singapore, while the government said Southeast Asia’s worst-hit nation could see cases soar to over 50,000 a day.

Hospitals in the hard-hit capital Jakarta were topping 90 percent occupancy and more than a dozen facilities in Indonesia’s second-biggest city Surabaya shut out new patients because they could no longer handle the huge influx.

A Surabaya hospital spokeswoman described jammed ICUs and exhausted doctors, some infected with Covid-19.

Nearly 1,000 Indonesian medical workers have died of Covid-19, including more than a dozen who were already fully inoculated, according to the country’s medical association.

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