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Patients occupy over 50% of Jakarta hospital beds

  • Ardila Syakriah and Sausan Atika

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 14 2020   /  01:00 am
A man talks to a relative hospitalized at Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital in Jakarta using video chat. The hospital provides the Pojok Sahabat (Friends Corners) facility for those unfamiliar with digital video communication methods but wish to speak to COVID-19 patients. JP/Seto Wardhana (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Jakarta is reaching a critical point in its fight against COVID-19 as it sees rising hospitalization of COVID-19 patients, prompting concerns that it would have to increase its healthcare capacity and reimpose stricter curbs. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said in a press release on Thursday that 65 percent of 4,456 isolation beds and 67 percent of 483 intensive care unit (ICU) beds designated for COVID-19 patients were now occupied. “In the past two weeks, there has been a trend of increasing isolation and ICU room [occupation] in Jakarta. [...] The [occupancy rates] have varied over a month, ranging from 40 to 50 percent in July,” Anies said. Anies previously said in July that the administration had prepared 4,556 isolation beds and 659 ICU beds for COVID-19 patients, higher than the figures mentioned in the release. National COVID-19 task force spokesperson Wi...