Passengers sit on designated seats to ensure physical distancing on a train in Jakarta on July 26. Failure to adhere to health protocols is being blamed for a steady increase in Covid-19 infections that have claimed the lives of at least 72 doctors in Indonesia. (Photo: Adek Berry/AFP)
More than 70 doctors have died from the coronavirus in Indonesia since the outbreak began spreading across the nation in March, according to the country’s leading medical body.
At least 72 have died in the battle against Covid-19, the Indonesian Doctors Association revealed on Aug. 1.
The number of doctors in Indonesia — around 168,000 — is small compared with the population of about 270 million.
Dr. Felix Gunawan, director of the Association of Voluntary Health Service of Indonesia, a Catholic group, said several Catholic doctors were among those who have died from Covid-19 but was unsure of the exact number.
He said many doctors become infected when dealing with asymptomatic patients. He said about 80 percent of the patients show no symptoms.