Of the total, 299 people tested positive for COVID-19, and 17,778 people tested negative
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Eighty-four health workers, two of whom are pregnant, have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in DKI Jakarta as of Wednesday afternoon.

So far one health worker has died after contracting the infection.

The cases of infections among health workers have been spread over 30 hospitals and one clinic in the capital city, said Dwi Oktavia Handayani, the Jakarta Health Agency’s head of disease control and prevention division, at a press conference on Wednesday at the Jakarta City Hall.

According to the Jakarta Provincial Health Office data, the number of health workers testing positive for COVID-19 had increased by three on Tuesday (31/3), with as many as 81 workers across 30 hospitals contracting the infection.

In addition, Dwi added, two specialists domiciled in DKI Jakarta have died. However, they served in hospitals outside Jakarta Province.

As of Wednesday, COVID-19 deaths in Jakarta Province have reached 87, while the number of confirmed cases in Jakarta has climbed to 794.

Dwi said 490 patients have been hospitalized, while 166 patients are observing self-isolation.

The Jakarta Provincial Government is continuing to carry out rapid tests in five administrative cities of Jakarta, the Thousand Islands District, and the Employee Health Service Center (PPKP).

Until Tuesday (March 31, 2020), the positive rate for COVID-19 rapid tests was 1.7 percent with 18,077 persons undergoing the tests, Dwi said.

"Of the total, 299 people tested positive for COVID-19, and 17,778 people tested negative," Dwi revealed.

Those who have tested positive at the rapid test stage will have to undergo a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) swab test in the laboratory, in accordance with the health protocol.

Dwi informed added that as of Wednesday afternoon, as many as 705 people were awaiting test results from the laboratory.

Furthermore, the number of people placed under surveillance (ODP) by the Jakarta Provincial Health Office has reached 2,350. The condition of 500 is still being monitored, while 1,850 have been monitored, said Dwi.

A total of 1,153 people have been placed under close monitoring (PDP) in Jakarta, she revealed. While 789 are still being treated, 364 have gone home post-treatment, Dwi said. (INE)

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