JAKARTA, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia has decided to use hotels as isolation rooms for COVID-19 patients, in addition to the existing hospitals for the purpose, Indonesian Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto said here Monday.
"This is a cooperation with hotel networking groups including Accor, Novotel and Ibis. If needed, there may be 15-30 hotels more," the minister told a press conference following a limited cabinet meeting at the presidential office.
According to Putranto, the government continues to add more isolation rooms for COVID-19 patients, especially those with light symptoms or without symptoms.
For patients with light symptoms in the country's capital of Jakarta, the government has also prepared two towers of an emergency hospital which was used to be an athlete dormitory before.
"Tower 6 with 1,746 beds has been occupied by 888 patients. Tower 7 with 2,472 beds is occupied by 749 patients," the minister noted, adding that Towers 4 with 2,472 beds and Tower 5 with 2,472 beds are designated for patients without symptoms.
He further said about 10 to 15 two star hotels and three star hotels in Jakarta would also be used for self-isolations of patients without symptoms. Those hotels with 1,500 rooms can accommodate 3,000 patients.
The Health Ministry reported on Monday that the COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 3,141 within one day to 221,523, with the death toll adding by 118 to 8,841.
According to the ministry, 3,395 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 158,405.