Garry Lotulung

Freelance Photojournalist
Indonesia Battles Second Wave of Covid-19
Location: Jakarta
Nationality: Indonesia
Biography: Garry Lotulung is a photojournalist based in Jakarta and a frequent contributor to Anadolu Agency. Lotulung has specialized in stories about the human condition, social change, and environmental crises. Working extensively in Southeast Asia, he... MORE
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Indonesia Battles Second Wave of Covid-19
Copyright Garry Lotulung 2023
Date of Work Apr 2020 - Aug 2021
Updated Apr 2023
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Indonesia Battles Second Wave of Covid-19

22 Apr 2020 - 5 Agustus 2021

Covering Indonesia’s second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in Jakarta & Bogor is a daily circuit of Self-isolation, cemeteries, hospitals, and tent hospitals capturing the struggles of a nation of 270 million people.

I visited the COVID-19 Hospital for the fourth time, inside the emergency ward for COVID-19 patients at a government hospital, here is what I saw. Rise in severe cases. ICU beds are full. Most patients on ventilators. Medical workers are exhausted.

More people are being forced to isolate at home as overwhelmed hospitals turn patients away. Many are dying.

Indonesia’s COVID-19 death toll has now crossed 70,000. But experts are warning that the death toll is likely to be three to five times higher than the official number as hundreds of people have died in their homes since June after they had no choice but to self-isolate due to no capacity at overwhelmed hospitals.

Indonesia has recorded its highest daily death toll from Covid-19, amid a second serious outbreak of COVID-19. As it continues to battle the spread of the virulent Delta variant.

This month (July 2021), Indonesia overtook India’s daily COVID-19 case numbers and surpassed Brazil in reporting the world’s highest number of daily deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Indonesia’s confirmed COVID-19 death toll stands at more than 73,000. On Monday 19 July 2021, Indonesia reported 1,338 COVID-19 deaths – its highest ever.

There have now been over three million confirmed cases in Indonesia, with 2069 deaths recorded on Tuesday, 27th July. On average there are around 50,000 new cases a day, figures which are widely believed to be severely underestimating the real impact due to low testing rates and poor contact tracing.

Lockdown restrictions have had a significant impact on locals, as many Indonesians are reliant on informal labor, which puts their livelihoods at risk during extended emergency restrictions.
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