The so-called ‘Third Wave’ of COVID-19 infections in Indonesia is being characterized by the continuing surge in the daily caseload of the highly-transmissible Omicron variant during the early part of 2022.
The official statistics are showing a current rate of new daily infections that exceeds the previous record (c. 57.000 cases) set in July 2021, when the prior Delta variant overwhelmed the national healthcare system - both public and private facilities.
Nonetheless, there is growing optimism that in the coming months of 2022 the ‘pandemic’ will soon transition to the status of ‘endemic’ throughout the country.
This belief is founded on the successful nationwide rollout of the two-dose vaccine regimen in 2021 (covering nearly 70% of the target population), coupled with the provision of widely-available and affordable COVID-19 testing services.
2022 has also heralded the accelerated launch of the Government-led vaccine booster program, which is intended to enhance overall immunity levels throughout Indonesia - with particular emphasis on vulnerable groups within the community.
In this Wellington Snapshot, we lay out the current dimensions of the COVID-19 situation in Indonesia and anticipate a coming future for the nation founded on the twin pillars of stabilization and normalization.
In this scenario, continuous preventative vaccination campaigns and regular COVID-19 testing remain critical elements on the path to recovery from the devastating impact of the pandemic over the past two years.
Finding a balance between protecting the health of the Indonesian people, maintaining social order and - moreover - restoring and sustaining the vibrancy of the national economy are the overarching priorities for both local and national government bodies in 2022.
If you would like to engage in an open dialogue on any aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia, please feel free to contact us.