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Indonesia's COVID surge overloads hospitals, triggers Delta fears

Post-Eid wave spooks investors, sending rupiah to 1-month low

Healthcare workers get ready to treat patients at an emergency COVID-19 hospital in Jakarta on Thursday.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Java, the world's most populous island, is imposing regional lockdowns as hospitals become overloaded from recent surges in COVID-19 cases following the Eid holiday.

And there are worries that the more virulent Delta variant, which originated in India, might be spreading silently -- potentially worsening the new wave.

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