The number of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients undergoing self-isolation at three hotels in Jakarta has reached 319 patients, around 45 percent of the total capacity of 706 beds.
Data from the national COVID-19 task force show that as of Thursday night, U Stay Hotel in Mangga Besar, West Jakarta, accommodated 114 patients, 63 percent of its total capacity of 180 patients. Meanwhile Ibis Style Hotel in Mangga Dua in Central Jakarta accommodated 77 patients, 22 percent of 336 beds and Ibis Hotel Senen also in Central Jakarta accommodated 128 patients, 67 percent of its total 190-bed capacity.
Meanwhile, 2,951 COVID-19 patients are staying at the former athletes village in Kemayoran – now an emergency hospital for COVID-19 patients in Central Jakarta.
Data released by the Joint Regional Defense Command (Kogabwilhan) I, which is in charge of the facility during the pandemic showed that those people comprised patients with mild to moderate symptoms, who are staying in towers 6 and 7 as well as asymptomatic patients isolated in towers 4 and 5.
The self-isolation facilities are provided by the government for those who are unable to quarantine at home because they live in houses that are too small or which are shared by many family members or are in close proximity to other houses.
Separately, Jakarta Health Agency public health unit head Fify Mulyani said that two more hotels were being prepared to accommodate asymptomatic COVID-19 patients. They are Max One Sabang, Central Jakarta, and Grand Asia Hotel, North Jakarta.
Fify however did not elaborate on the total capacity of the two additional hotels. “Today they will start to receive patients,” she said in a text message.
Previously, Fify explained that patients could not choose the place for the free self-isolation facilities provided by the government.
“It depends of recommendations from their community health center [Puskesmas],” she said as quoted by kompas.com.
Meanwhile the task force also recorded 88 patients staying at Kyriad Hotel in Tangerang, Banten. The hotel has a total capacity of 165 beds.
Furthermore, Jakarta’s plan to put stickers on the houses of residents currently self-isolating has met with a mixed reaction.
Some think it is it is essential to use the stickers to inform other people about the health status of residents that live in the house, but others have warned about the stigmatization of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients self-isolating in their homes.
Jakarta Ombudsman head Teguh Nugroho suggested the government increase the role of neighborhood units (RT) and community units (RW) to help monitor residents self-isolating at home, instead of marking their houses. (iwa)
Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force (Satgas COVID-19) to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.