Australia is sending Indonesia oxygen, ventilators and testing kits as the country responds to a surge in coronavirus cases.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne said 2.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine would also be dispatched.

“Australian support will extend rapid testing capacity, maintain existing health services and assist with emergency medical facilities as Indonesia responds to growing case numbers,” she said.

Foreign policy expert Ben Bland from the Lowy Institute said the package was a welcome first step.

“Good to see this and hopefully there’s further assistance to come,” he said.

“Many people (myself included) are calling for Australia to do more and it’s important for Canberra to ask Indonesia what it needs first.”

Indonesia reported more than 1000 coronavirus deaths in a day for the first time on Wednesday.

A surge in infections has overwhelmed parts of the hospital system in densely populated Java and portable oxygen supplies are quickly running out in some towns.

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