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Patient suspected of COVID-19, who tested negative, dies in Jakarta hospital

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 6, 2020   /   08:55 pm
Patient suspected of COVID-19, who tested negative, dies in Jakarta hospital Hospital staff and visitors wear masks in the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital's isolation ward in Jakarta on March 2. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

A patient at the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital (RSPI Sulianti Saroso) in North Jakarta who was suspected to have contracted COVID-19, but eventually tested negative, died on Thursday.

The hospital president director, Mohammad Syahril, said the patient's body had been taken by his family and laid to rest.

"The 65-year-old patient was in contact with people who came from a country that has had the coronavirus outbreak," Syahril said Friday as reported by kompas.com.

He explained that the patient was already suffering an underlying medical condition. "The patient was old and had high blood pressure," he said.

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The patient was transferred from a private hospital to RSPI Sulianti Saroso two days ago.

"His [health] condition was quite bad. He had to use breathing support from the moment he was transferred to our hospital," he said.

Later in the day, the secretary of the Health Ministry’s Disease Control and Prevention Directorate General, Achmad Yurianto, said the deceased patient tested negative for COVID-19.

Yurianto added that the patient was infected by bacterial sepsis that sprang from pneumonia.

"[His death] was not caused by COVID-19, but from other infections," he said as quoted by kompas.com.

As of Friday, Indonesia had four confirmed cases of COVID-19. (nal)