Covid-19 has killed at least 366 doctors in Indonesia since March 2020, according to the latest data released by the Indonesian Medical Association’s mitigation team on May 3.
Sixty-four doctors in Indonesia died in January after contracting coronavirus, making it the deadliest month for doctors during the pandemic.
Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world and has experienced one of the worst Covid epidemics in Asia. More than 1.6 million cases and 46,000 deaths have been recorded since the start of the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Earlier this week, the Indonesian Ministry of Health confirmed two patients with the Covid B.1.617 variant identified for the first time in India. The country recorded a daily average of around 5,000 cases of Covid-19 last week.
Authorities are concerned about the impact of Mudik’s upcoming holiday, during which tens of millions of people travel to see their families in their hometowns to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan.
To stop the spread of Covid-19 during the Eid festivities, the Indonesian government banned all domestic travel from May 6 to 17. The ban covers public and private journeys, including cars, motorcycles, buses, trains, ferries, boats and planes.
However, a survey by the Indonesian national news agency Antara found that around 18 million people, or 7% of the population, still plan to travel for the Eid al-Fitr holiday despite travel bans.