The delta variant of Covid-19 has wreaked havoc as it made its way across Indonesia. Scenes of the sick lying outside overcrowded hospitals and scrambles for oxygen tanks were reminiscent of the images the world had seen coming out of India three months earlier. It is a sombre time. Messages of condolences have become a regular occurrence.
On the country’s most populated islands of Java and Bali, the government imposed another round of tight lockdown. “Non-essential” shops can no longer open, employees must work remotely, restaurants and food stalls can only offer takeaways and the new school year sees students back in online classes.