Coronavirus stigma runs deep and dangerous in Indonesia
By Editor - Wed Sep 16, 11:31 pm
From his home in the lush foothills of Indonesia’s West Java, the 23-year-old told Reuters the barricade appeared days after he received a negative test result and was at home self-isolating. As the coronavirus rippled across the world’s fourth most populous country, it also carried a stigma that public health experts say has stopped people from getting tested in fear of being shunned, and complicated the response to the pandemic. For months Indonesia has struggled to stem a rise in transmission, with nearly 229,000 cases and a death toll of 9,100, the second highest in Asia after India.