2 emergency COVID hospitals in Bali open today

One of the buildings in the Wisma Werdhapura complex in Sanur. Photo: Kementerian PUPR
One of the buildings in the Wisma Werdhapura complex in Sanur. Photo: Kementerian PUPR

Two emergency COVID-19 hospitals in Bali officially began operating today, among a total of 14 buildings that Indonesian officials have recently converted into a healthcare facility to address the surge in coronavirus cases. 

The Ministry of Public Works and Housing (PUPR) has reportedly transformed Wisma Werdhapura in Denpasar and Wisma Bima in Badung into emergency hospitals, as COVID-19 cases escalate rapidly in the province and across Indonesia. The ministry said there are 121 intensive care unit (ICU) beds in Werdhapura, but has yet to provide more information for Bima. 

Four emergency hospitals in Yogyakarta also began operations today, while others, including in Bandung and Surabaya, are expected to open their doors later this week. 

The bed occupancy rate in Bali has more than doubled since late June, with Bangli, Buleleng, and Klungkung regencies now at 100 percent occupancy on their ICU. The province recorded its highest daily new infections only on Saturday, at 1,019 cases, with some 7,300 people currently in treatment as of today. 

Data from the provincial government shows a total of 266 ICU beds in Bali’s existing hospitals. Almost seventy percent ⁠— or 186 beds ⁠— are currently occupied.

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