Covid 19 battle: Indonesia sourcing oxygen supply


Indonesia has prepared backup health facilities and ordered oxygen from neighbouring nations, notably Singapore if the worst-case scenario of daily Covid-19 infections reaches over 40,000 people.
The government is fighting to contain the spread and prevent the collapse of its already fragile healthcare system. The health ministry recorded 31,189 new coronavirus infections and 728 fatalities on Tuesday (July 6), both day highs.
The South-East Asian country has 2,345,018 Covid-19 cases and 61,868 fatalities, making it the region’s worst-affected country.
With the epidemic anticipated to intensify, Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Pandjaitan, said in a virtual press conference on Tuesday that the country has made extensive preparations for oxygen, medication, and medical facilities. He said that Indonesia had “communicated with Singapore, China, and other sources.”
According to the World Health Organization, an oxygen concentrator is electrically driven medical equipment that concentrates oxygen from ambient air.
Mr Luhut believes that the oxygen generated by these devices might assist those with lesser forms of Covid-19. Medical oxygen converted from industrial oxygen would be given to patients with more significant symptoms, such as critical care units.
According to the Associated Press, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said that the government was adding roughly 8,000 additional beds in the Greater Jakarta area and was keeping a careful eye on the Sumatra and Kalimantan islands.
The islands of Java and Bali, which accounted for 70% of all infections in the country, have been placed under quarantine until July 20 to stem the rapid spread of the virus, which has been blamed on widespread travel during the Aidilfitri festival period and the highly contagious Delta variant, which was first identified in India.


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