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Jakarta Post

Jakarta to impose controlled isolation for asymptomatic patients

  • Dyaning Pangestika
    Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 2, 2020   /   07:04 am
Jakarta to impose controlled isolation for asymptomatic patients A man leaves the former athletes village in Pademangan, North Jakarta, on Sept. 25. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The Jakarta administration will impose controlled isolation for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients in order to reduce the virus transmission as the number of cases continues to rise.

Jakarta Health Agency head Widyastuti said the appointed locations to accommodate the asymptomatic patients included public facilities such as the former athletes village in Kemayoran– now an emergency hospital for COVID-19 patients in Central Jakarta, as well as self-isolation centers in the capital city including hotels and private facilities for self-isolation at home.

The government is currently preparing other locations for controlled isolation, such as the Jakarta Islamic Center in North Jakarta, Graha Wisata at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah in East Jakarta, and Graha Wisata Ragunan at Jaya Raya Ragunan Sports Center in South Jakarta.

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Widyastuti also specified that asymptomatic patients would stay in the Kemayoran isolation center, while patients with mild to moderate symptoms would be treated at the athletes village COVID-19 emergency hospital.

“Confirmed asymptomatic COVID-19 patients have to obtain a recommendation letter from a hospital, community health center, or doctor to isolate for 10 days. Moreover, the patient is required to sign a statement of consent to carry out isolation at the controlled isolation centers,” she said.

Widyastuti stated that Jakarta Gubernatorial Decree No. 980/2020 explained in detail regarding the procedure for controlled isolation centers, as well as for patients who wished to self-isolate at home.

“Asymptomatic patients who wish to self-isolate at home or other private facilities should pass a feasibility test performed by the local COVID-19 task force, health officers, or the local district head,” she said.

In the decree, it is also stated that the homeowners or property managers have to approve the self-isolation to be carried out in the building. Neighbors also have to approve the isolation, and only asymptomatic patients and patients with mild symptoms are allowed to self-isolate at home.