United Arab Emirates (UAE) who is facing the Corona Virus (COVID-19) also provide assistance to friendly countries. Indonesia is one of the countries that was given assistance by the UAE.
On Monday, April 27, 2020, the UAE dispatched a plane carrying 20 tons of medical supplies for the prevention and control of COVID-19 in Indonesia. This equipment is expected to help around 20,000 medical professionals personnel in dealing with the virus.
“Today’s delivery of critical aid to Indonesia comes within the framework of the UAE’s efforts to support all nations confronting the COVID-19 crisis”, said Abdullah Salem Al Dhaheri, UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia.
The Ambassador admitted that conditions in the UAE were indeed difficult due to the Coronavirus which incidentally infected a total of 10,839 people in the country. However, the UAE is committed to helping friendly countries.
“Though these difficult circumstances have affected the entire world, it is only through offering a helping hand to those in need that we may all overcome these challenges. The UAE-Indonesian partnership is one of strength and cooperation, and the UAE is proud to assist in this manner today,” he remarked.
To date, the UAE has provided more than 314 metric tonnes of aid to over 27 countries, supporting nearly 314,000 medical professionals in the process.
Meanwhile, Indonesia has readied 10 thousand beds at one thousand hospitals for patients, who contracted coronavirus nationwide in order to upgrade the capacity and quality of healthcare facilities, according to the National Task Force for COVID-19.
“Over a thousand hospitals are now functioning to treat COVID-19 patients, whether confirmed positive cases or patients under observation (PDP),” Achmad Yurianto, the government’s spokesperson for COVID-19 response, stated during a daily press briefing here on Monday.
The hospitals comprise those under the management of the central government and local governments as well as police and military in addition to private hospitals.
Some seven to eight thousand beds among the available 10 thousand are currently occupied, Yurianto noted.
Concurrently, the government will continue to upgrade infrastructure to self-produce testing kit and reagent for the real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.
Over 75 thousand specimens has been tested using this method and contact tracing, and more tests will be conducted on a massive scale. This is in order to achive more than 10,000 real-time PCR tests per day across Indonesia, as it is one of the government’s priorities.
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As of April 27, Indonesia reported a total of 9,096 COVID-19 positive cases, with 1,151 patients having recovered while another 765 patients succumbing to the disease.