Jakarta Health Agency Talks of Rising Bed Occupancy Rate for COVID-19 Patients

TEMPO.CO, JakartaJakarta Health Authority chief Widyastuti said the surge in hospital bed occupancy, which reached 12-20 percent, was due to the agency not yet operating all of the beds in the hospitals.

At least 140 hospitals in Jakarta are currently ready to provide care COVID-19 Treatment services.

“During the peak of the Delta variant, we operated almost 15,000 isolation beds. We have only opened 5,000 now, so it has not yet reached maximum capacity, ”Widyastuti said at Jakarta City Hall on Wednesday January 12th.

She explained that this happened because the city government was considering reopening services to non-Covid patients as the COVID-19 case receded.

Java-Bali Regions Coordinator for Public Activity Restrictions (PPKM) Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said the government will raise a warning alert if hospital bed occupancy (BOR) is above 20 percent.

In order to transfer the Omicron variant of. to prevent COVID-19, the Jakarta government has launched a booster program in subdistrict public health centers, or puskesmas, for the general public. The program is centralized through the PeduliLindeli application for people aged 18 and over who have completed the primary series at least six months before the booster.

Widyastuti urged the public not to panic over the threat of transmission of the Omicron variant and urged the public to be disciplined in following established health protocols.

Read: WHO experts: Covid-19 vaccines need updates to protect against new variants

EKA YUDHA SAPUTRA

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