TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The South Korean government has donated 350 oxygen concentrators and 35 ventilators to help Indonesia cope with an exponential spike in COVID-19 cases.
"No singe country is able to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic alone," South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia Park Tae-Sung said in a written statement released on Sunday.
As many as 200 of the 350 oxygen concentrators arrived at Soekarno-Hatta Airport on Sunday (July 18). The remaining 150 oxygen concentrators will arrive in Indonesia in not so distant future.
Park Tae-Sung said the COVID-19 pandemic should be faced with international solidarity and cooperation.
As Indonesia's special strategic partner, South Korea will always cooperate with Indonesia in battling the COVID-19, he said.
He expressed the hope that South Korean assistance will help secure the supply of oxygen concentrators in Indonesia.
South Korea will continue to cooperate with Indonesia in handling the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia including providing other humanitarian aid, he said.
This year, South Korea disbursed US$4 million or Rp57 billion in funds to help Indonesia as a manifestation of cooperation to increase its capacity in handling the COVID-19 pandemic.
Besides South Korea, several other countries, including Australia, Singapore, the United States, the Netherlands, Japan, Britain, United Arab Emirates (UAE), India, and China have also offered help to Indonesia to deal with the explosion in COVID-19 cases.
With Indonesia recording an exponential increase in COVID-19 cases, several countries have stepped in to provide vaccines and medical equipment to help the nation fight the latest spike in infections.
Fifteen days since the imposition of public movement restrictions, Indonesia's COVID-19 cases have continued to explode, with the country adding 51,952 daily cases on Saturday, bringing the tally to 2,832,755.
With 1,092 people succumbing to the virus in a single day, the death toll climbed to 72,489. Meanwhile, the number of daily recoveries reached 27,903, taking the total tally so far to 2,232,394.