There is growing evidence linking exposure to dirty air to increased covid-19 death rates.
Pharmacies and retail stores in a number of areas in Jakarta also claimed to run out of stock of mouth masks, hand sanitizers , and wet tissues.
Previously, Indonesia’s claim of being virus-free had raised several eyebrows as doubts persisted over the country’s effectiveness in monitoring and testing suspected cases.
A screenshot from AirVisual Earth’s real time map of air quality shows a massive layer of smog enveloping the region. For comparison, the smog cloud is over half the size of India.