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Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Jakarta records 25 medical personnel testing positive, one dies

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 21, 2020   /   05:59 pm
COVID-19: Jakarta records 25 medical personnel testing positive, one dies A doctor gives an explanation about protective clothing during a simulation of COVID-19 patient handling at Pertamina Plaju Hospital Palembang, South Sumatra, on March 12. Pertamina Plaju Hospital conducts publicity and simulations to ensure its readiness for handling patients suspected of having been infected by the COVID-19 coronavirus before being sent to a referral hospital. (Antara/Feny Selly)

At least 25 medical personnel have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Friday, while one has died from the disease, as recorded by the Jakarta provincial administration.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan revealed the information during a press briefing at City Hall on Friday, calling on all citizens to assist the medical personnel in preventing the coronavirus from spreading by staying at home.

“This is our moral obligation,” Anies said. “If we want to help our brothers and sisters on the front lines of curing and treating the patients, stay at home.”

The governor also quoted a message conveyed by medical personnel urging people to stay home while they were working at hospitals. “It’s a very powerful message. Let’s obey their call.”

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According to the administration, about 17,500 doctors, 27,000 nurses and 900 community health practitioners were working in the capital city to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

There are eight referral centers specializing in the treatment of COVID-19, namely Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital in North Jakarta, Cengkareng Regional General Hospital in West Jakarta, Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital and Mintohardjo Navy Hospital in Central Jakarta, Persahabatan Hospital and Bhayangkara Police Hospital in East Jakarta, and Fatmawati Central General Hospital and Pasar Minggu Regional General Hospital in South Jakarta.

The Jakarta administration announced a 14-day state of emergency on Friday, urging offices and entertainment centers to suspend operations starting Monday.

Health authorities have recorded 267 COVID-19-positive cases in Jakarta as of Saturday, which have resulted in 23 fatalities in the region. Nationwide, authorities confirmed 450 cases of COVID-19, with 38 people dying because of the disease. (sau/trn)