A patient from the Sulianti Saroso Hospital for Infectious Diseases (RSPI Sulianti Saroso) in northern Jakarta, suspected of having contracted COVID-19, but ultimately tested negative, died on Thursday.
The director of the hospital president, Mohammad Syahril, said that the patient’s body was taken from his family and put to rest.
“The 65-year-old patient was in contact with people who came from a country that had the coronavirus epidemic,” said Syahril on Friday as reported by kompas.com.
He explained that the patient was already suffering from an underlying medical condition. “The patient was old and had high blood pressure,” he said.
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The patient was transferred from a private hospital to RSPI Sulianti Saroso two days ago.
“His [health] the condition was pretty bad. He had to use respiratory support from the moment he was transferred to our hospital, “he said.
Later, the secretary of the health ministry’s directorate for disease prevention and control, Achmad Yurianto, said the deceased patient tested negative for COVID-19.
Yurianto added that the patient was infected with bacterial sepsis that resulted from pneumonia.
“[His death] it was not caused by COVID-19, but by other infections, “he said as quoted by kompas.com.
As of Friday, Indonesia has recorded four confirmed cases of COVID-19. (Nal)