Indonesia: Indonesia has overtaken India as Asia’s new epicenter for the coronavirus pandemic, with daily infections exceeding 40,000 for two straight days and officials warning that the delta variant is spreading outside the most populous island of Java.
More alarming is that despite having more daily infections, Indonesia’s population of 270 million population is just a fifth of India’s. In the past week at least, Indonesia’s deaths and cases per million people are 4-5 times India.
The situation in Indonesia has got so bad that the Japanese government today announced it will put on special planes for Japanese nationals who want to return home.
Indonesia is now well and truly the epicenter of the pandemic in Southeast Asia. Here are five things to know about the state of affairs in the archipelago.