Health authorities and hospitals across the archipelago are bracing for a potentially devastating “third wave” of COVID-19 infections, as public mobility increases amid the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions and a dip in new cases. Epidemiologists have warned the third wave may strike Indonesia in December or January, citing a slow vaccination rate and the expected increase in public mobility during the year-end holidays. National COVID-19 task force spokeswoman Siti Nadia Tarmizi said the Health Ministry was currently trying to accelerate vaccine rollouts in regions with higher risk of COVID-19 infections, — such as urban agglomeration areas and provincial capitals — to anticipate an uptick in COVID-19 infections.

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