Surge capacity means the ability of hospitals to accept and treat crowds of new patients—or people who think they might be patients.
The newly famous Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital has discovered that its surge capacity is woefully inadequate even for a scare, never mind a real pandemic: Panicked residents crowd hospital.
The hospital has seen more than 100 people coming of their own volition for checks over the past few days. "Most of them said they had been to Ragunan zoo," said the hospital's deputy director, Sardikin Girisaputro.
Around 30 frightened students from the Ksatria High School in Percetakan Negara, Central Jakarta, for instance, rushed to the hospital after several of their friends had fallen sick after a school tour to the zoo.
Sardikin explained that the hospital's two observation rooms could only accommodate 22 patients at the most, while its ICU facilities could only accommodate three patients.