Jakarta Making Sure Hospitals Ready for Covid-19 Third Wave

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Jakarta Provincial Government will keep Covid-19 referral hospitals ready with ample number of beds available, even though the number of active and daily cases are declining in the capital. Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza said this is to anticipate a possible third wave that could happen after the long Christmas and New Year's holiday.

    "All the facilities and infrastructure to support health workers are ready, especially since we are still in the rainy season, we are surely more prepared," Riza said at the City Hall in Central Jakarta, Wednesday, November 24.

    The deputy governor said that nothing has been reduced in terms of preparing health workers and medical facilities. "Everything is on standby," said Riza.

    The central government is also anticipating a third wave of Covid-19 infections by not giving the public a holiday on Christmas Eve, which is on a Friday.

    Dicky Budiman, an epidemiologist from Griffith University Australia, had said last month that the government of the capital must be prepared and alert over the possibility of an explosion of cases in the third wave.

    "Because in Jakarta people from various regions come and go. That makes Jakarta susceptible to a third wave," Dicky said on October 11.

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