MRT Jakarta Preps Isolation Room for Suspected Covid-19 Passenger



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaPT Mass Rapid Transit or MRT Jakarta has set up isolation rooms for passengers suspected of having Covid-19 as ordered by the government, said the CEO William Sabandar.

    "If we don't have isolation rooms, it means we violate the minimum service standards," said William in a virtual press conference on Thursday, June 11. He said the isolation room is available at 13 MRT stations.

    The officer, he added, will take passengers who passed the health screening and presented Covid-19 symptoms and those who fall sick in stations. MRT used several rooms such as prayer rooms for officers and station offices as isolation places.

    “If your body temperature is above 37.3 degrees Celsius, you'll be permitted to enter the station. But it’s not impossible that people consume medicine beforehand,” said William.

    He explained that passengers who are sent to the isolation room will be immediately evacuated under predetermined protocols. MRT Jakarta also mobilized healthcare officers and special officers donning personal protective equipment or PPE to take the passenger to the set room.

    “We have special equipment. We allocate a certain budget to establish the isolation room in each station,” William added.

    Jakarta records the highest number of Covid-19 patients among other Indonesia’s regions. The trend keeps increasing albeit the city has entered the transitional large-scale social restriction (PSBB).

    As of Thursday, June 11, Jakarta has 8,552 confirmed cases, up by 129 from the previous day. Of the number, 3,664 patients have been declared healthy and 555 patients died.