COVID-19 Patients Who Tested Negative Not Allowed to Go Home Yet

12 March 2020 19:57 WIB

TEMPO.CO, JakartaSulianti Saroso (RSPI) Hospital president director Mohammad Syahril said the plan to discharge two patients who had already been tested negative for the novel coronavirus or officially known as COVID-19 today, March 12, was canceled. This was done since the patients’ second test results had not come back yet, he added.

“We initially planned to send them home today, but the laboratory has not finished the tests, so we have not obtained the results. As noted in the SOP, a patient must be tested negative twice [to be allowed for hospital discharge]. So we are waiting for the result,” said Syahril at Sulianti Saroso Hospital in North Jakarta, Thursday, March 12.

The two patients he mentioned are Case 03 and Case 10. Previously, Syahrul claimed that the two had been declared cured of the coronavirus disease.

According to him, a corona patient must undergo two laboratory tests. The first test includes throat, nasal, sputum, and blood serum swabs, while the second one is only throat, nasal, and sputum swabs.

Syahril said the first laboratory test returned negative for COVID-19. “So we are waiting for the second test result,” he said, adding that the result should have been available today, but it was not released yet.

As reported earlier, Case 03 involving a 33-year-old is part of the Jakarta sub-cluster, while Case 10 is a 29-year-old foreigner man who is linked to Case 01. They were being treated in the isolation room of Sulianto Saroso Hospital.

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