We will also coordinate with the central hospital and also with private hospital associations in Jakarta
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Head of the Jakarta health service, Widyastuti, confirmed that the city government will gradually re-open non-COVID-19 medical services at several Regional General Hospitals (RSUDs) currently functioning as COVID-19 referral hospitals.

"We are proceeding with the transition in stages, in line with the current condition of the COVID-19 pandemic," Widyastuti noted at the Jakarta City Hall on Monday.

Widyastuti explained that the transition process had commenced, and now, her team had begun to conduct an assessment at the RSUDs, which earlier focused on treating COVID-19 patients.

"Our team had gone to the hospital, and we are gradually returning to start non-COVID-19 services at several hospitals," she stated.

This step was taken due to several pending treatments for non-COVID-19 patients since services at hospitals were focusing on healing COVID-19.

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"Non-COVID-19 patients can start undergoing treatments that were once delayed due to a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases at referral hospitals," she noted.

However, Widyastuti was unable to mention the number and names of hospitals that will re-open for non-COVID-19 services. She remarked that private hospitals and hospitals under the central government's management would also be opened for non-COVID-19 treatment.

"We will also coordinate with the central hospital and also with private hospital associations in Jakarta," she noted.

Based on data recorded on September 19, the current situation of COVID-19 in Jakarta has improved, with 91 new cases, thereby bringing the total to 856,252 confirmed positive cases.

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Meanwhile, the number of active cases in Jakarta decreased by 321, bringing the number of active cases, or people still being treated or isolated to 2,558.

Of the total number of positive cases, some 840,212 people were declared cured, up by 409, with a recovery rate of 98.1 percent, while the number of people succumbing to the disease totaled 13,482, an increase of three, with a death rate at 1.6 percent.

The positivity rate, or the percentage of positive cases, during the last week in Jakarta was recorded at 1.1 percent, lower than the WHO limit of five percent to be categorized as safe areas.

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Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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