"There are additional wards in some 40 private hospitals which have cooperated with the city administration (in COVID-19 handling)," a spokesman of Surabaya's Task Force for Acceleration of COID-19 Handling M Fikser said here on Sunday.
Fikser said, the city has prepared at least 120 beds for the additional wards.
"When there are additional patients, they can be admitted to the hospitals which already have adequate facilities," he added.
The local government has also increased the capacity of local public hospitals (RSUD), with the number of wards in dr. M Soewandhie Hospital was increased by 36 to 58 rooms.
"For RSUD Bhakti Dharma Husada we will add 52 wards hence it will have a total 64 wards," Fikser said.
The city administration has also prepared 265 hotel rooms for isolation of residents who were just arrived from travelling abroad and those whose families were tested positive for COVID-19, as hospitals are overloaded with COVID-19 patients.
The number of patients admitted to hospitals for contracted the coronavirus has reached 798 people in Surabaya, while hospitals in the city only have limited isolation rooms with total capacity of 403 patients.
"Because the isolation rooms are not only used to treat patients with COVID-19, but also ODP (people under monitoring) and PDP (patients under surveillance)," Fikser said.
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