The Indonesian island of Bali, Southeast Asia’s biggest country, famous for its tourist beaches and temples is running out of oxygen for its COVID-19 patients as infections surge.
“We’ve had an oxygen shortage since July 14 and it’s getting critical day by day because of a surge in new cases,” Ketut Suarjaya, the head of Bali’s health agency, was quoted by Antara state news agency on Friday.
“There’s an oxygen crisis in Bali,” Suarjaya added.
Suarjaya said patients in Bali needed 113.3 tonnes of oxygen on Thursday, while hospitals only had 40.5 tonnes.
The government is debating whether or not to extend the tight coronavirus restrictions that the main island of Java and 15 other regions are under.
Health experts have posited that it is premature to ease curbs during the surge of infections but the employer groups have warned of mass layoffs unless the curbs are relaxed.
Indonesia, the world’s fourth-most populous country has recorded more than three million coronavirus infections and 80,598 deaths, according to official data that has been consistently above 1,000 since July 16.
The government has begun to import oxygen supplies from countries such as the United States and China.