JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - The Wisma Atlet Kemayoran Emergency Hospital for coronavirus patients in Central Jakarta is currently experiencing a surge in patients after the recent Eid al-Fitr holiday.
Hospital's health worker coordinator Lieutenant Colonel M Arifin said the increase in the number of Covid-19 patients reached 20 percent on Tuesday, June 1.
"Now there are 2,148 patients and the number continues to grow. Yesterday [Tuesday] 311 patients were admitted to the hospital in only one day, it's very high," said Arifin on Wednesday, June 2.
"The percentage on May 17 stood at only 15 percent. But now it's reaching 35.84 percent, so it's up about 20 percent," he added.
According to Arifin, the increasing number of patients is related to the impact of the recent Islamic holiday.
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"After the annual Eid al-Fitr homecoming, the number of patients in health centers starts to climb and the majority of patients’ symptoms are mild," said Arifin.
The occupancy rate of Wisma Atlet Hospital has now reached 35.84 percent. Of the 5,994 available beds, more than a quarter are occupied.
"The occupancy is 35.84 percent. It means that more than 60 percent of the rooms are still available," he added.
Previously, it was reported that the increase in the number of patients at the Wisma Atlet Hospital reached 100 percent in less than two weeks.
Kompas.com reported on May 18 that only 900 Covid-19 patients were being treated at the Wisma Atlet Hospital.
The bed occupancy ratio is only 15.02 percent. However, the number of patients continues to increase every day as the number of incoming patients is more than the number of outgoing patients.
On May 29 alone, the number of people hospitalized with the Covid-19 reached 1,925. This shows that the number of patients at the Wisma Atlet Kemayoran Hospital has doubled compared to last week. There's an increase of more than 100 percent in 11 days.
(Writer: Ira Gita Natalia Sembiring | Editor: Egidius Patnistik)