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COVID Surge Brings Indonesia to “Edge of Catastrophe”; Virus Lowered Brazil’s Life Expectancy

HeadlineJun 30, 2021

As the Delta variant threatens to hamper COVID-19 recovery efforts around the world, the Red Cross is warning Indonesia is “on the edge of catastrophe” as health systems struggle to keep up with the influx of patients. This is a nurse in Jakarta.

Nurlaela: “A lot of cases were dead on arrival because of a lack of beds. Patients had to wait until there are beds before they can be hospitalized.”

In Brazil, COVID-19, which has killed at least 516,000 people, caused life expectancy to decline an estimated 1.3 years in 2020 — a stark finding in the country with the second worst death toll after the U.S.

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