‘Wrong’ strategy brings Indonesia closer to 1 million COVID-19 cases

Indonesia is approaching the 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases mark as the country suffers from “wrong” testing, tracing and isolating strategies, as well as a surge in hospitalizations. The country logged 9,994 new confirmed cases and 297 new deaths on Monday, bringing the total tally to 999,256 cases and 28,132 deaths. According to the official count, there are now over 161,000 active cases in the country. However, epidemiologists have said that the country may have reached the 1-million milestone long before the government updated its official count. “We’re only testing suspected cases with symptoms; many cases may have gone undetected,” said Padjadjaran University (Unpad) epidemiologist Panji Fortuna Hadisoemarto. “There’s also the late reporting of cases […] because results are released the day after [tests are taken…