Indonesia’s confirmed coronavirus cases exceed 1 million

Indonesia’s confirmed coronavirus infections since the pandemic began crossed one million on Tuesday and hospitals in some hard-hit areas were near capacity.

Nurse Novita Sirait gives a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine to a colleague at a community health center in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Indonesia’s Health Ministry announced that new daily infections rose by 13,094 on Tuesday to bring the country’s total to 1,012,350, the most in Southeast Asia. The total number of deaths reached 28,468.

The milestone comes just weeks after Indonesian launched a massive campaign to inoculate two-thirds of the country’s 270 million people, with President Joko Widodo receiving the first shot of a Chinese-made vaccine. Healthcare workers, military, police, teachers and other at-risk populations are being prioritised for the vaccine in the world’s fourth most populous country.

Officials have said Indonesia will require almost 427 million doses, taking into account the estimate that 15% of doses may be wasted during the distribution process in the vast nation of more than 17,000 islands, where transportation and infrastructure are limited in places.