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Indonesia’s Daily Cases Surpass India, Marking New Epicenter

  • Southeast Asian nation struggling to contain delta variant
  • Curbs in Java, Bali not reducing mobility as much as expected
Members of a squad of public safety officers offer prayers in front of the casket of a person suspected to have died of Covid-19 in Jakarta, on July 13.
Members of a squad of public safety officers offer prayers in front of the casket of a person suspected to have died of Covid-19 in Jakarta, on July 13.

Photographer: Ed Wray/Getty Images 

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Indonesia surpassed India’s daily Covid-19 case numbers, marking a new Asian virus epicenter as the spread of the highly-contagious delta variant drives up infections in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.

The country has seen its daily case count cross 40,000 for three straight days -- including a record high of 54,517 on Wednesday -- up from less than 10,000 a month ago. Officials are concerned that the more transmissible new variant is now spreading outside of the country’s main island, Java, and could exhaust hospital workers and supplies of oxygen and medication.