Wisma Atlet Kemayoran receives 425 COVID-19 patients in 24 hours

Wisma Atlet Kemayoran receives 425 COVID-19 patients in 24 hours

Jakarta's Wisma Atlet Kemayoran emergency hospital. (ANTARA FOTO/Muhammad Adimaja/wsj)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Wisma Atlet Kemayoran emergency hospital received 425 new COVID-19 patients over the course of the past 24 hours, as Jakarta reels from a post Eid al-Fitr COVID-19 case surge.

Thus, as of Tuesday, a total of 5,453 mildly symptomatic patients were hospitalized at this COVID-19 emergency hospital.

"On Monday, the total number of patients currently hospitalized still stood at 5,028," Joint Defense Area Command I (Kogabwilhan I) spokesman Colonel Aris Mudian noted.

The patients occupy the hospital beds at Towers 4, 5, 6, and 7, Mudian remarked, adding that 2,484 beds were still vacant as of Tuesday.

Since becoming officially operational on March 23, 2020, this emergency hospital has cumulatively received 92,278 patients.

Of the total tally, 85,815 patients made a complete recovery, 918 patients were sent to several referral hospitals, while 92 others succumbed to the disease, he remarked.

Meanwhile, the Wisma Atlet Pademangan emergency hospital is still offering treatment to 3,326 patients accommodated at Towers 8, 9, and 10, the spokesman noted.

Over these past few days, the Jakarta provincial government had recorded a significant spike in COVID-19 cases.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan had earlier attributed the recent spike in coronavirus infections in the capital city to the Eid al-Fitr holidays.

Baswedan noted that the number of COVID-19 cases had soared to 17,400 on June 11, 2021, from 11,500 on June 6, 2021, thereby indicative of a 50-percent increase in infections.

The COVID-19 positivity rate also climbed to 17 percent on Sunday, from nine percent a week earlier.

The number of specimens tested at laboratories also rose eight folds, as against the WHO-prescribed four-fold increase, he noted.

As a precautionary measure against deteriorating conditions, the Jakarta provincial government has readied 2,500 beds at the Nagrak low-cost apartments in the Cilincing neighborhood of North Jakarta for COVID-19 patients.

The Nagrak apartments will only be used in the event of a steady inflow of new COVID-19 patients at the Wisma Atlet Kemayoran emergency hospital, Baswedan had remarked early this week.

Currently, the Jakarta provincial administration is prioritizing the Wisma Atlet emergency hospital for receiving COVID-19 patients, though Baswedan has called on Jakartans to desist from undermining the recent increase in COVID-19 cases. Related news: Jakarta readies 2,500 beds at Nagrak apartments for COVID patients
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