29 Jul 2021

Mistrust hampering Papua Covid-19 response

From , 6:02 am on 29 July 2021

Indonesia has become the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic in Asia.

And as with much of Indonesia, the country's eastern-most provinces of Papua and West Papua are struggling to contain the spread of Covid, with the Delta variant on the loose.

Health authorities there have reported almost 47-thousand confirmed cases and 860 reported deaths from the virus in the two provinces.

Johnny Blades reports on the health crisis enveloping Papua region.

Jayapura Harbour, Papua province, Indonesia

Jayapura Harbour, Papua province, Indonesia Photo: RNZI/Johnny Blades