Heavy lockdown in Indonesia after new corona wave
Strict corona measures have been in force on the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali since Saturday. Police have set up more than 400 checkpoints to ensure residents stay at home until at least July 20, international news agencies report. Saturday. Furthermore, restaurants and workplaces are closed again and stricter rules for travelers are again; so is bali weather completely closed to foreign tourists.
A new corona wave is moving through Indonesia, and according to Indonesian media more contagious and deadly than before. The new infections would mainly come from the Delta variant. The past twelve days there was a new record at eight days. On Friday, 25,830 positive tests were reported, turns out from figures from Johns Hopkins University.
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Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi was in the Netherlands on Thursday. Here she spoke with, among others, outgoing minister Sigrid Kaag (Foreign Affairs, D66). Kaag then promised to send 3 million corona vaccinations to Indonesia. Both ministers reported that Twitter. It is unknown which manufacturer this is. On Friday, the US national security adviser has 4 million corona vaccinations from Moderna promised to the Indonesian minister.
De Jonge: against vaccination and against measures, that is not possible
Outgoing minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health, CDA) has little understanding for people who resist the corona measures, but also do not want to be vaccinated. He says that in a Saturday published interview with news website NU.nl.
“People who do not want to be pricked do not want to go back to the measures. But they do make the way out of the crisis, vaccinating, suspicious. That’s very weird. It cannot be both,” said the minister. De Jonge calls refusing a vaccine “decadent”, because vaccination is “the only means” [is] that will help us out of this crisis” and many people are vaccinated precisely out of solidarity and to protect others.
The minister finds it difficult not to respond to people who spread conspiracy theories. “I didn’t send a lot of tweets.” He also says that in the end he kept many statements that he had wanted to make in the House of Representatives to himself.
Yet De Jonge does not ignore all “idiotic ideas”, although he describes the decision whether or not to respond as a “daily dilemma”. He finds it “inconceivable that we should leave this kind of fact-free nonsense that some people bring up unchallenged. You are entitled to your own opinion, not your own facts.” At the same time, the minister understands that some people are ‘coronamoe’. He describes this as “a kind of anger out of powerlessness.”
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In this blog keeps NRC the latest news about the global corona crisis. These were the main developments on Friday, July 2:
- From Friday morning, young people born in 2004 can make a vaccination appointment, 36,000 17-year-olds have already done so. This was reported by outgoing minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health, CDA) on Twitter. 12 to 18-year-olds can be vaccinated after a positive advice from the Health Council, which determined that vaccinating young people has ‘direct and indirect health benefits’ and contributes to slowing down the epidemic.
- Weekly research by blood bank Sanquin shows that by now 77 percent of blood donors have antibodies has against the coronavirus. The organization says it has noticed a rapid increase in the number of donors with antibodies since the vaccination campaign against the virus has been accelerated. Last week the percentage was almost 70 percent.
- The RIVM has registered 962 positive corona tests in the past 24 hours. the highest number in two weeks. At the same time, seven people have died from the virus. Despite the increase in the number of positive tests, the number of corona patients in hospitals continued to fall.
- Spacious 13,000 companies that made use of corona support of the government have been lifted. That is 2 percent of all companies that received financial support, according to figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics. Of the companies that did not receive corona support, 9 percent went bankrupt.
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