Government bears self-isolation expense of asymptomatic patients

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The government will bear the expenses of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients undergoing self-isolation at two and three star hotels, Chief of the COVID-19 Task Force Doni Monardo said.

Several regions have opened self-isolation wards at public facilities such as sports hall, he said in an online press conference at Wisma Atlet in Jakarta on Saturday evening.

"The government through the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs and the Finance Ministry has prepared two and three star hotels for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients at the government's expense in accordance with the president's instruction," he said.

The COVID-17 task force, along with the central and regional governments will arrange the mechanism of the program. The task force will evaluate the program including the higher number of cases that needs the government's intervention, he said.

The government plans to bear expenses arising from the use of two-and three-star hotels for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients.

"We will continue to increase the capacity of beds, medical workers, and supporting facilities or medicines," Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto said..

The number of health facilities nationwide is still adequate based on the bed occupancy rate at intensive care units (ICU) and self isolation wards.

On average the bed occupancy rate at ICU reached 46.11 percent and at self-isolation wards touched 47.88 percent at referral hospitals in eight provinces.

Source: Antara News

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