Baswedan confirms 100 COVID-19 referral hospitals in Jakarta

Baswedan confirms 100 COVID-19 referral hospitals in Jakarta

A sign reads "Red Zone" at the Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital for COVID-19 in Jakarta. (ANTARA FOTO/Galih Pradipta/foc.)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Governor of Jakarta  Anies Baswedan highlighted that the capital city currently had 100 referral hospitals for COVID-19 patients.

"Now, there are additional hospitals. Hence, we currently have 100 referral hospitals for handling COVID-19 patients," Baswedan stated at the Jakarta Police Headquarters here on Wednesday.

Jakarta earlier had 67 COVID-19 referral hospitals. The authorities later added 13 regional public hospitals (RSUD) and 26 private hospitals on the list of referral hospitals for COVID-19 treatment.

The city has provided more hospitals following a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases.

Furthermore, the government has instructed that residents, who tested positive for COVID-19, to undergo self-quarantine at facilities offered by the government.

However, people can also conduct self-isolation at home in line with the requisite criteria.

"Well, the point is that every citizen exposed to and infected with COVID-19 must undergo independent isolation either individually or through government facilities but not without control," he explained.

Several hotels are also offering rooms for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in accordance with President Joko Widodo’s directions. Currently, at least 15 one-, two-, and three-star rated hotels are being readied as quarantine locations.

The decision was taken on account of the quite high number of COVID-19 family clusters.

Patients exposed to COVID-19 that underwent independent isolation at home could raise the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission, he stated.

The Jakarta administration has re-imposed strict large-scale social distancing (PSBB) measures since Sept 14, with extension until October 11, 2020. Related news: Understand need for Jakarta PSBB extension: business body
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