Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Jakarta health authorities have placed 145 people under monitoring and 30 others under surveillance over suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the capital city on Thursday, rising from 26 people earlier.

"Once again, I explain that those placed under monitoring and surveillance do not mean that they are tested positive (for coronavirus). This is since it comes under the authority of the Health Ministry to announce whether they are positive. We only conduct detection tasks of the Jakarta authority," Catur Leswanto, head of the Jakarta Corona Response Team, stated at the City Hall here on Thursday.

He reported that 121 people had already completed their monitoring period and tested negative for coronavirus, while 34 suspected COVID-19 patients had also completed the surveillance process and were allowed to return home since they were in good health.

As a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus after the discovery of two positive patients a few days ago, the Jakarta provincial government had alerted on the emergency numbers 112 and 119 as well as WhatsApp service on 081388376955 that the public can use to provide information and report on corona-like symptoms. The capital city has also established pickup teams for those indicated of exposure to coronavirus.

Head of the Jakarta Provincial Health Office Widyastuti stated that the Covid-19 Response Team's call center had received 2,689 telephone calls and WA calls since being set up on January 27, 2020. The callers were those residing within and outside Jakarta.

"Some of our callers are Jakarta residents, but mostly the residents are from outside Jakarta and also from abroad," Widyastuti stated.

The Jakarta administration has designated Cengkareng Hospital and Pasar Minggu Regional Public Hospital to become coronavirus patient referral hospitals in addition to the existing three referral hospitals: Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital, Sulianti Saroso Hospital, and Persahabatan Hospital. Related news: 10 other patients under surveillance admitted to RSUP
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