At this moment, it has reached above 80 percent, so (hospitals) need to increase the number of beds soon.
Batang, C Java (ANTARA) - Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has cautioned that the bed occupancy rates of isolation rooms at hospitals had reached a perilous level following a recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

"At this moment, it has reached above 80 percent, so (hospitals) need to increase the number of beds soon," Pranowo emphasized during a visit to the Kalisari General Regional Hospital (RSUD) in Batang District, Central Java, on Tuesday afternoon.

The governor made an earnest request to the Batang district administration to prepare emergency hospitals or tents to help treat COVID-19 patients.

According to the Batang district head, the hospital has currently admitted 24 COVID-14 patients. Hence, the local government should prepare emergency hospitals or tents, he emphasized.

Head of the hospital's nursing section, Samuri, confirmed that the hospital had made available 90 beds and will likely add 24 more beds.

The hospital bed occupancy rate has reached 70 percent, he noted.

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"The patients (who have not been admitted) are still awaiting the result of screening test as they came almost at the same time. One patient has not completed the screening process, while the other patient has come. As a matter of fact, we take time to conduct the screening process," he stated.

Samuri remarked that the hospital along with relevant parties will be on standby round-the-clock to serve patients.

Central Java, with 244,241 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday (June 26), is ranked third next to Jakarta and West Java in terms of the COVID-19 case count.

With 201,931 patients recovering from COVID-19 as of last Saturday, Central Java is also ranked third in terms of recoveries after Jakarta and West Java.

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