Why Covid-19 Is Overwhelming Indonesia’s Health System – Politics

The delta variant is expanding in Southeast Asia and the health system in Indonesia is in danger of collapsing. Why does the country have so little to fight the virus – and what does that mean for the rest of the region?


Arne Perras, Munich

In the spring, Indonesia was one of those countries that emerged as helpers in the pandemic. Jakarta supplied thousands of oxygen devices to India when Covid-19 was particularly bad there. But now the largest state in Southeast Asia itself is in growing need and grappling with the impending collapse of its health system.

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