Indonesia to convert athlete village into COVID-19 emergency hospital hinh anh 1An aerial view of the Wisma Atlet Kemayoran athletes village in Central Jakarta (Photo:

Jakarta (VNA)
Indonesia’s Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing is planning to turn Wisma Atlet Kemayoran, a former athlete village in Central Jakarta, into an emergency hospital to treat people infected with COVID-19, according to an official.

Wisma Atlet Kemayoran was used in the 2018 Asian Games, which was co-hosted by Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra.

Four of its 10 towers will be converted to treat COVID-19 patients.

Previously, one tower – which consists of 650 residential units that can house 1,750 people – has been designated as an emergency hospital for hospice care.

Another tower comprising 886 apartments and with a capacity of 2,458 people will support the emergency hospital, with the first floor allocated for emergency rooms, the second floor for intensive care units and the third floor for recovery rooms.

The sixth and seventh towers, each also providing 650 residential apartments with a capacity of 1,750 people, will house on-duty health workers and the COVID-19 Task Force, respectively.

The ministry said it will complete the conversion in the next four days and the COVID-19 emergency hospital will start operating on March 23.

As of 12:00pm on March 19, Indonesia has reported 309 confirmed cases with 25 deaths. Most of the cases, 210 infections and 17 deaths, have been founded in Jakarta./.