Bali officials have decided to increase their medical service capacity as Omicron cases continue to surge.
The Operational Chief of the Bali Disaster Management Agency, Made Rentin, confirmed that the Bali provincial government decided to increase their medical service capacity by adding more beds and medical workers.
They anticipate that the increasing Covid-19 cases may surpass the current capacity of the appointed hospitals on the island.
“We will increase the number of beds, medical equipment, and medical workers by 40 percent,” Rentin said on Sunday (13/2).
Still, he stated that the current Bed Occupancy Ration (BOR) in Bali is still in compliance with the WHO’s recommendations. “In accordance with the WHO’s standard, the BOR must not go below 60 percent of the total capacity. We still have good numbers as the BOR of our ICUs is 41.35 percent and the BOR of non-ICUs is 50.89 percent as of Saturday (12/2),” Rentin added.
Some of the hospitals that were appointed to receive Covid-19 patients have returned their status as general hospitals. They can now receive general patients, adding to the reduction in available hospital beds.
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Friday 18th of February 2022
Data showed that 68% of the Omicron-related death were unvaccinated people, while 49% were elderly and 48% with other severe underlying medical conditions. 66% of Indonesia's 208 million people are fully vaccinated.
A sub variant BA.2 of the Omicron points to signs of severity. BA. 2 is about 30% to 50% more contagious than Omicron. BA.2 has been detected in 74 countries and 47 US states.
There is every reason that the Indonesian covid task force will be more concerned with this BA.2 variant. The idea of relaxing the borders could be in the back burner again? But there's a mixed evidence in the severity of this BA.2 in the real world.
Thursday 17th of February 2022
Very necessary since there is possibility that more tourists will arrive.