JAKARTA/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Only last week Luhut Pandjaitan, Indonesia’s maritime minister and close confidant of the country’s president, touted herbal mangosteen juice as a coronavirus remedy. A coffin and a dummy dressed in a personal protective suit to look like a health worker are seen in public area to warn people about the dangers of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Jakarta, Indonesia, August 18, 2020. Picture taken August 18, 2020 REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana His suggestion was the latest in a string of unorthodox treatments put forward by the president’s cabinet over the past six months, ranging from prayer to rice wrapped in banana-leaf to eucalyptus necklaces. The remedies reflect the unscientific approach to battling the coronavirus in the world’s fourth-most populous country, where the rate of testing is among the world’s lowest, contact tracing is minimal, and authorities have resisted lockdowns even as infections spiked. Indonesia has officially reported 6,346 deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, the highest overall toll in Southeast Asia. Including people who died with acute COVID-19 symptoms but were not tested, the death toll is three times higher. Indonesia shows no signs of containing the virus. It now has the fastest infection… Read full this story
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