As COVID-19 escalates in Indonesia, responses are fractured and fractious

Charan Bal, Rebecca Meckelburg

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Just over six months after the first COVID-19 case was officially confirmed in Indonesia, it is clear that it has failed to control the pandemic. As of early October 2020, infection numbers have yet to peak and continue to rise at more than 4,000 new cases per day. Testing rates, at 12,272 tests per million of population, are amongst the lowest in the world; and positivity rates, of more than 19 percent, are amongst the highest. The national government’s pandemic response has been characterised by an overall rejection of coordinated large scale movement restrictions and apathy towards the responsive capacity of public health services.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationMelbourne Asia Review
PublisherAsia Institute, University of Melbourne
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2020


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