At least 144 people were admitted to the emergency hospital for COVID-19 cases in the Kemayoran Athletes Village in Central Jakarta on Wednesday, two days after the facility officially opened for business.
Joint Defense Area Command I commander Rear Adm. Yudo Margono said the patients comprised 86 males and 58 females.
Only nine patients among the 144 have so far tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, he said.
"Forty-one patients are ODP [people under surveillance] and the remaining 94 people are PDP [patients under treatment]," he said as quoted by kompas.com.
The number of patients increased by 56 since Tuesday, when the hospital was only treating 88. Two among them had been referred to Gatot Subroto Army Hospital because of comorbidity issues.
During the 2018 Asian Games, the Kemayoran Athletes Village was able to house 24,000 people. However, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said the complex would now be able to handle about 3,000 patients.
The majority of the emergency hospital's staff members were doctors and nurses from the Indonesian Military and the National Police.
Earlier on Tuesday, Health Ministry Disease Control and Prevention Director General Achmad Yurianto said that 31 patients in the athletes village had been sent home because they did not need hospital treatment.
Yurianto said that the four apartment towers of the emergency hospital would not be used to treat asymptomatic people or those showing minor COVID-19 symptoms, which made up about 80 percent of all COVID-19 positive cases in the country.
“Self-isolation by staying at home is enough. Not all people with the disease should depend on hospital services," he said, adding that asymptomatic people did not need to be hospitalized, unless there was a comorbidity issue. (nal)