The Bali provincial government has stopped facilitating hotel quarantine options for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients due to budgeting constraints. Denpasar Mayor, I Made Toya, confirmed that the decision was made due to financial restraints of account of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), the institution responsible for financing the program.
The government-provided hotel quarantine for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients has officially stopped since Friday (19/2). As for health workers exposed to the virus, they will have access until February 28.
Accordingly, all patients are directed to undergo independent isolation at home. Patients currently undergoing quarantine at a government facility must check-out by the deadline.
However, the government will continue to provide medical facilities at hospitals for patients with severe symptoms.
Mayor Toya said that the government plans to cooperate with the Covid-19 Handling Task Force in each village to provide basic needs, such as food aid, for people self-isolating at home
“The officials of each village will be responsible for supervising self-isolating patients and making sure they are staying home. We will also deploy medical staff from nearby clinics to regularly check their health condition,” Made Toya concluded.
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