Sumary of Delta taking hold of Indonesia’s Papua:
- Hospitals in Indonesia’s easternmost region of Papua are nearing full capacity amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, with health officials bracing for the full impact of the virulent Delta variant on one of the country’s least-developed areas.
- The bed occupancy rate at some hospitals in Papua province had reached 100 per cent, with emergency units and tents being used to treat COVID-19 patients, Dr Aaron Rumainum, head of the Papua health agency’s disease control and prevention unit, said.
- Indonesia is in the throes of a raging coronavirus epidemic, with shortages of hospital beds and oxygen reported across the capital Jakarta, and other parts of densely populated Java island – a situation now fanning out to less developed regions.
- “Indonesia’s Papuan region, divided into the two provinces of West Papua and Papua, has poorly equipped health facilities and low vaccination rates, leaving it dangerously exposed to the virus.
- “If the government does not restrict mobility, the healthcare system will certainly collapse.
- Based on data from Indonesia’s ministry of health, Papua has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, with less than 6 per cent of people fully vaccinated, while positivity rates have surpassed 31 per cent.
- Adding to the complexity of a health response, a low-level insurgency for Papuan independence has simmered for decades and many may be wary of cooperating with authorities particularly if security forces are involved.