Tangerang city prepares 727 hospital beds as COVID cases rise

Tangerang city prepares 727 hospital beds as COVID cases rise

Tangerang Mayor Arief R. Wismansyah issues instructions during a coordination meeting on public information services on Wednesday (June 22, 2022).

Tangerang, Banten (ANTARA) - The government of Tangerang city, Banten, has coordinated with 30 hospitals and prepared 727 hospital beds for COVID-19 patients following an increase in infections in the city and the nation.

The government has also readied another 104 beds in intensive care units (ICUs).

"We have also opened the Manis Jaya Concentrated Isolation House with 40 beds. However, they are still unoccupied now. Inform the community so that there will be no massive transmission so that the community's socioeconomic activities can continue to run," Tangerang Mayor Arief R. Wismansyah said while issuing instructions at an online coordination meeting on public information services on Wednesday.

The government must continuously provide information and ask people to prioritize health protocol implementation while carrying out daily activities, he added.

"If there are people who have symptoms such as cough, runny nose, or fever, (they should) get checked immediately, and if they are (found) positive (for COVID-19), they can self-isolate at home or at health facilities," he said.

The mayor also asked every Government Regional Organization (OPD) in the Tangerang city government to maximize the dissemination of information to the community via social media.

"Information is a necessity, and it will be so easy to access information through social media, especially in the current Smart Society 5.0 era. It is hoped that the information provided can create improvements and benefit the city of Tangerang," he remarked.

Earlier, the Indonesian Task Force for COVID-19 Response had asked people to remain vigilant due to an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases in the past week.

The task force's spokesperson, Wiku Adisasmito, on Tuesday (June 21, 2022) noted that Indonesia's weekly COVID-19 cases increased by 105 percent to 7,587 cases this week from 3,688 cases the previous week.

"This has also affected the number of active cases, which has also increased from 4,734 to 8,594 this week," Adisasmito added.

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