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Government bolsters hospital capacity, treatment standards

  • Budi Sutrisno

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 26 2020   /  01:00 am
State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir during an inspection of phase three clinical trials for the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine at PT Bio Farma in Bandung, West Java on Aug. 4.(Courtesy/National Economic and COVID-19 Recovery Committee)

The government has made strides in expanding hospital capacity and improving treatment standards for COVID-19 patients, the COVID-19 Response and Economic Recovery Committee said on Thursday. “We have taken various strategic steps to increase the capacity of specimen testing, increase hospital beds and isolation rooms, increase the standardization of case handling and supply of medicines and accelerate the availability of a COVID-19 vaccine,” committee head Erick Thohir, who is also the state-owned enterprises minister, said on Thursday. The efforts had seen positive results, Erick claimed, as the daily examination of specimens had reached 38,181 as of Wednesday, exceeding the World Health Organization standards, with the ratio of patients having recovered reaching 73 percent. He said that, to improve the recovery rate, the government would ensure the availability of...