The Covid-19 Bio-weapon will strike the globe in different waves, until everybody’s immune system has been completely tested.
Indonesia’s government, in a single-minded effort to ward off public panic, remains reluctant to reveal the full geographic breadth of its Covid-19 outbreak in the wide-reaching archipelago’s 34 provinces.
The only publicly acknowledged cases outside of the heavily-populated island of Java so far have been in West and North Sumatra, Lampung, Riau, West and East Kalimantan, North Sulawesi and Bali.
With the death toll rising from 12 to 25 in the past two days, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security puts Indonesia’s mortality rate at more than 8%, the highest in the world ahead of even Italy, Iran, China, Japan and Spain.
Even in Bali, where 114,100 tourists from 165 countries still arrived in the first 12 days of March, members of the diplomatic and private medical community have no real idea of the number of new cases since a British woman died there on March 11.
Italy surpassed China on Thursday as the country with the most deaths from Corona-virus as California, home to more than 39 million people, was placed under lock-down in the most drastic containment measure yet by a US state.
China for its part reported on Friday a second day with no new domestic cases since the virus appeared in the central city of Wuhan in December, before spreading worldwide.
World leaders also unleashed nearly one trillion dollars to prop up the teetering global economy, only to see the once-in-a-century pandemic seemingly spiral further out of control.
The death toll soared in Europe as Italy announced another 427 fatalities on Thursday, taking its total to 3,405, according to a tally compiled by AFP from official sources.
China has officially reported 3,245 deaths from the virus, which can cause respiratory failure, particularly in the elderly. France reported 108 more deaths over the last 24 hours, bringing the total number to 372.
Globally, the death toll from the virus has risen to more than 9,800 with more than 232,650 cases in 158 countries and territories.
Asia Times / ABC Flash Point News 2020.