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Coronavirus

Indonesia's angry COVID doctors face burnout as colleagues die

Amnesty says fatality rate for health workers among the highest in Asia

A klung specialist examines a COVID-19 patient at an intensive care unit at Bogor General Hospital in the city of Bogor, West Java, Indonesia, on September 7.   © AFP/Jiji

JAKARTA -- Andhika Kesuma Putra was a young, ambitious pulmonologist, and his passion for treating respiratory diseases led him to run a team caring for COVID-19 patients at a hospital in Medan, the largest city on Indonesia's Sumatra island.

Two months after taking the job, Putra started to feel sick. His condition quickly deteriorated and he was rushed to a hospital where he tested positive for the coronavirus.

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