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Jakarta Post

Erick Thohir to turn SOE-owned hotel into isolation ward for COVID-19 patients

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 18, 2020   /   09:32 am
Erick Thohir to turn SOE-owned hotel into isolation ward for COVID-19 patients State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir (front, left), Deputy SOE Minister Kartika “Tiko” Wirjoatmodjo (center) and ministry spokesman Arya Sinulingga attend a meeting with lawmakers at the House of Representatives in Jakarta on Monday. (Antara/Galih Pradipta)

State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick Thohir plans to transform the Patra Comfort Hotel in Central Jakarta, which is owned by state-owned energy company Pertamina, into an isolation ward for suspected coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients.

Pertamina Jaya Hospital in Central Jakarta, also owned by the company and located near the hotel, also has rooms for confirmed COVID-19 patients.

"There will be an additional of 52 [beds] in the hotel for people under observation [for COVID-19] on top of the 65 [beds in the hospital]. [The hotel] will become a safehouse," SOE Ministry spokesperson Arya Sinulingga said on Tuesday, as quoted by

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He added that an additional 90 beds would be provided for confirmed COVID-19 patients in the hospital. The hospital will also have a laboratory to detect the coronavirus, radiology equipment as well as isolation rooms.

"Pertamina Jaya Hospital will use its old buildings near Jl. Cikini Raya [in Central Jakarta] and Jl. Pramuka Raya [in East Jakarta]. There are high-pressure isolation rooms in the building, so the virus won’t be bale to go through its ventilation system,” said Arya.

He added that the specialized COVID-19 sections of the hospital and hotel would be operated by 10 specialists, eight general practitioners and three trained nurses.

As of Tuesday, Indonesians health authorities had confirmed 172 COVID-19 cases across the country, including in Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, Banten, Bali, North Sulawesi and West Kalimantan. The government claimed that at least five people had died from the disease, while nine others had recovered. (aly)