Bali’s hospital bed occupancy rate tops 70 percent ahead of possible PPKM extension

Sanglah General Hospital is the largest hospital in Bali. Private hospitals on the island have started to refer patients to Sanglah due to unreliable oxygen supply. Photo: Sanglah General Hospital
Sanglah General Hospital is the largest hospital in Bali. Private hospitals on the island have started to refer patients to Sanglah due to unreliable oxygen supply. Photo: Sanglah General Hospital

Bali’s hospital bed occupancy rate is reportedly still manageable, though beds may be filling up, as the island eagerly awaits news on the possible extension of the Enforcement of Restrictions on Public Activities (PPKM) beyond today.

Citing a source from the Bali Health Agency, of the more than 2,500 beds designated for COVID-19 patients, 71.77 percent are occupied. 

Bali’s hospital bed occupancy rate spiked at the onset of the most devastating wave of COVID-19 in July, when it more than doubled to around 65 percent by the middle of the month compared to late June.

The island has been posting record daily infections in late July and into August.

At COVID-19 quarantine facilities in Bali, 2,254 beds are occupied while 1,098 are available.

In a national address delivered in Jakarta on Friday, President Joko Widodo pointed out that COVID-19 cases in Java and Bali are gradually declining while other regions in Indonesia are experiencing a surge despite mobility curbs. The rapid spread of the Delta variant is believed to have triggered the ongoing COVID-19 crisis nationwide.

 

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