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Overloaded Indonesian doctors plead for tighter COVID rules

Association warns of hospital 'collapse' as some occupancy rates exceed 100%

Medical workers in Jakarta suit up to treat coronavirus patients in mid-June.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- The Indonesian Medical Doctors Association is calling for tighter restrictions in areas battling major COVID-19 surges -- including Jakarta and West Java -- as overloaded hospitals report a "crisis."

Eka Mulyana, head of the West Java chapter of the association known as IDI, on Friday warned hospital bed occupancy rates for coronavirus patients in Indonesia's most populous province exceed 90%.

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