Government readies 100 hospitals to handle coronavirus cases

Government readies 100 hospitals to handle coronavirus cases

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) announced the first case of coronavirus or COVID-19 in the country. (Desca lidya natalia)

We also have made adequate preparations for the reagent. We have a joint team that we never disclose about. The joint team comprises the Indonesian military/police personnel and civilians to handle coronavirus cases.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian government has made necessary preparations at over 100 hospitals with the application of WTO-required service and facility standards throughout the nation to handle coronavirus infection cases, according to President Joko WIdodo (Jokowi).

The hospitals are equipped with isolation rooms, with good isolation standard, the President remarked while announcing the first case of coronavirus, or COVID-19, in the country on Monday.

He noted that the Indonesian government had devices of international standard to handle people contracting the coronavirus infection.

"We have also made adequate preparations for the reagent. We have a joint team that we remain tight-lipped about. The joint team comprises the Indonesian military/police personnel and civilians to handle coronavirus cases," he noted.

In addition, the government has standard operating procedures aligned with the international standard, he remarked.

"We also have budget funding that will be prioritized to handle it (coronavirus). If we are not serious about handling it, it will be highly dangerous, and we should remain vigilant and exercise caution," he stated.

The government denied that it concealed coronavirus cases in the country.

The president confirmed that the first case of COVID-19 had emerged in Indonesia, with two Indonesian nationals -- a 64-year-old mother and her 31-year-old daughter -- testing positive for the infection.

"Last week, we had received a report that a Japanese resident had travelled to Indonesia and then headed to Malaysia, and there he tested positive for coronavirus. Our team had tracked this person's activities when he was here," Jokowi stated in the company of Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto and State Secretary Minister Pratikno.

"We found that the Japanese was in contact with two Indonesians, who had later tested positive for the infection caused by the virus," he revealed.
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