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Jakarta Post

Jakarta struggles despite improved facilities

  • Sausan Atika and Ardila Syakriah


Jakarta   /   Tue, July 7 2020   /  01:00 am
Medical workers arrange hospital beds at a COVID-19 hospital in the Wisma Atlet Kemayoran apartment complex in Jakarta on March 23. 2020. The hospital can accommodate 3,000 patients. Antara/Kompas/Heru Sri Kumoro/Pool (Antara/Kompas/Heru Sri Kumoro/Pool)

The emergence of new COVID-19 cases in Jakarta, the first national epicenter of the outbreak, is showing no signs of slowing down despite claims that the capital is far more prepared for the disease thanks to improvements in its healthcare system. Jakarta now has 67 referral hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients, with a total capacity of 4,555 beds and 659 intensive care (ICU) rooms, according to the city’s health agency. It has come a long way from having only eight referral hospitals with 904 beds and 80 ICUs in March when the first two cases were officially announced in Indonesia. In the early days of the epidemic, hospitals were operating beyond their capacity and patients had to wait for hours to receive treatment; many were even rejected. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has said that in March and April, the city would not have been able to treat 6,000 patients at t...