Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Jakarta Chapter of the Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDIP) has opened public kitchens to assist COVID-19 patients undergoing self-isolation at home as the government continues its endeavors to flatten the curve of COVID-19 transmission in the capital city.

"We have opened the public kitchens to cook meals for those who are undergoing self-isolation at home. The kitchens have been opened in five areas in Jakarta, and (another) one (has been set up) in the PDIP-Jakarta secretariat premises," Chairman of the PDIP-Jakarta Chapter Adi Widjaja said.

The recent surge in infections has forced patients with mild symptoms to conduct self-isolation at home since hospitals are filled with patients with moderate and severe symptoms, he noted in a press statement that ANTARA quoted here Wednesday.

The meals from the public kitchens will be distributed via online transportation services in order to reduce direct contact with patients as mandated by the government's health protocols, he said.

PDIP consulted nutritionists while planning the meals to ensure that they meet the nutritional needs of patients, he added.

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"We are carrying out health protocol regulations in our kitchens. Our kitchen crews are swabbed every day with antigen tests to ensure their health," Widjaja said.

People testing positive for COVID-19 and conducting self-isolation at home can register for the meals via the link https://linktr.ee/Fpdipjkt and choose the closest kitchen to their home, he informed.

The public kitchens will distribute meals for seven days, he said. PDIP is committed to providing 200 meal packages every day in each area, he added.

"The PDIP wishes that this pandemic will end soon with the mutual assistance from related stakeholders. We must always be present for the community, especially in this pandemic," Widjaja said.

According to Jakarta's health office, as of Tuesday (July 20), the number of COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized or conducting self-isolation in the capital city was recorded at 94,673.

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Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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