Indonesia is suffering the worst outbreak in Southeast Asia, ahead of the hard-hit Philippines which has more than 1.4 million infections, including over 25,000 deaths.
Indonesia has warned it is bracing for a punishing surge in COVID-19 cases as its daily toll soared to a record 728 deaths and hospitals crumble under the weight of the country’s deadliest wave yet.
Emergency oxygen supplies for virus patients were being flown in from neighbouring Singapore, while the government said Southeast Asia’s worst-hit nation could see cases soar to more than 50,000 a day.
A Surabaya hospital spokeswoman described jammed ICUs and exhausted doctors, some infected with COVID-19.
“The hospital no longer has rooms for patients who need ventilators. The ICU rooms are also full,” said the woman who asked not to be identified.