Coronavirus: Asia

Hoaxes hinder virus fight and vaccination efforts in Indonesia

Country's leaders face mounting pressure to deal with misinformation spreading online

Indonesia has extended a partial lockdown as it continues to battle a record surge in Covid-19 cases caused by the more infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus.
Indonesia has extended a partial lockdown as it continues to battle a record surge in Covid-19 cases caused by the more infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus.PHOTO: AFP

Those who get vaccinated will die in two years. Ambulances with sirens switched on are actually unoccupied and are meant only to scare people into staying at home.

These are among hoaxes circulating online that have made it even harder for the Indonesian authorities to curb the spread of Covid-19.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 22, 2021, with the headline 'Hoaxes hinder virus fight and vaccination efforts in Indonesia'. Subscribe