Indonesia Virus Cases Reach 6-Month High as Omicron Spreads


Indonesia added the highest number of Covid-19 cases in almost six months as the more transmissible omicron variant spreads throughout the country.

The government reported 27,197 new infections on Thursday, the most since Aug. 14. Daily deaths reached the highest since Oct. 21 as 38 people succumbed to the disease. Cases have picked up rapidly from less than a hundred in late December.

President Joko Widodo has ordered the ministers responsible for overseeing the pandemic response to immediately review the restriction policy as cases spiked, even as he urged people to remain calm and be disciplined in health protocols.

Indonesia is refraining from imposing strict movement limits despite the surge in infections, resorting instead to calling people to avoid gatherings and reducing in-person schooling to half capacity. The government is nearly doubling the number of hospital beds dedicated for Covid-19 handling as it braces for daily cases to reach as high as 285,000, about five times its record day infection.