Bali task force prepares 1,500 beds to anticipate Omicron spread

Bali task force prepares 1,500 beds to anticipate Omicron spread

The COVID-19 Handling Task Force of Bali Province, together with district and city task forces, has prepared 1,500 beds at isolation centers to anticipate the spread of the Omicron variant.

“The province’s task force is managing as many as 700 beds, and 800 beds are being managed by the task force of nine districts and cities,” secretary of the Bali COVID-19 Handling Task Force, I Made Rentin, said here on Tuesday.

Even though the Omicron variant has not been detected in Bali, the province has prepared six anticipatory measures, he informed.

First, control has been tightened at the country’s entry points by implementing a quarantine policy, and second, tracing, testing, and surveillance have been intensified, he said.

Next, efforts are being made to boost COVID-19 vaccination coverage and expand the use of the PeduliLindungi application, he added.

Fifth, 62 COVID-19 referral hospitals have been prepared and last, 1,500 beds have been readied at isolation centers, Rentin said.

As of January 10, 2022, Bali province has recorded 58 active cases of COVID-19, the task force reported. Of the total, 36 patients are undergoing treatment at COVID-19 referral hospitals, 9 patients are in isolation centers, and 13 people are undergoing self-isolation, it said.

Meanwhile, as of January 10, 2022, as many as 3,498,461 residents or 102.74 percent of the targeted recipients in Bali have received the first vaccine dose while 3,112,085 or 91.39 percent have been fully vaccinated against the virus.

In a bid to achieve herd immunity, Bali province is targeting to vaccinate as many as 3,405,130 residents.

The first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Indonesia in March 2020. According to data provided by the COVID-19 Handling Task Force, as of January 11, 2022, at least 4,267,451 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the country, while 4,116,648 people have recovered, and 144,144 people have succumbed to the virus. (ANT)

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