Indonesia pledges hotels, former athletes’ village to Covid-19 support
The Indonesian government is collaborating with several hotels to turn their premises into temporary facilities to house medical staff, as well as converting Wisma Atlet Kemayoran, a former 2018 Asian Games’ athletes’ village in Central Jakarta, into an emergency hospital to treat Covid-19 patients, in response to a swell in demand for healthcare services.
Wishnutama Kusubandio, minister of tourism and creative economy, said that he was liaising with hotel chains to use their properties to house medical personnel and members of fast-response team to place them closer to hospitals that handle Covid-19 cases.
“If needed, (the hotels) can become locations for self-isolation,” he said in a web press conference on Monday.
The four towers of Wisma Atlet Kemayoran, which are ready to use, can accommodate 3,000 patients, according to president Joko Widodo.