Indonesia: Bali faces oxygen shortage, as nearly 2,300 Covid-19 related deaths reported in South-East Asia

Police officers walk as they guard the oxygen distribution at a refill factory amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Mengwi, Badung, Bali, Indonesia, July 22, 2021, in this photo taken by Antara Foto via Reuters

BANGKOK, July 25 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): The death toll in Asean hit a new high on Saturday, although there was a decline in new Covid-19 cases, collated data showed.

New Covid-19 cases on Saturday (July 24) fell to 97,990 compared to 100,068 on Friday, while 2,288 people died compared to 2,184 the previous day.

Health Ministry officials in Indonesia's Bali Island said that they are facing oxygen shortage due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases.

As of Thursday, patients' demand for oxygen was 113.3 tonnes, but hospitals across the island have only 40.5 tonnes of oxygen, officials said.

Recently, Indonesia had imported oxygen from countries, such as the US and China.

The government is currently holding discussions on whether the strict Covid-19 measures covering Bali, Java and 15 other provinces should be extended beyond Sunday.

The Vietnam government has imposed 15-day lockdown measures on its capital, Hanoi, in a bid to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Under the measures, people are not allowed to hold gatherings, while only government agencies, hospitals and some necessary businesses were allowed to open. - The Nation Thailand/ANN

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