238 INDONESIANS QUARANTINED AFTER ARRIVING FROM WUHAN

MOHD SHUKRI ISHAK

JAKARTA, Feb 2 (Bernama) -- Indonesia today evacuated 238 of its citizens from Hubei, China, and placed them under quarantine for 14 days at the Natuna Island.

The Batik Air commercial aircraft carrying them from Wuhan landed at the Hang Nadim Airport, Batam Island, about 8.45 am West Indonesian time.

According to local media, all of them were flown by three military aircrafts to Natuna Island, Riau Islands province, located in the South China Sea.

They are placed at the Indonesian military base on the island, which is reported to be fully equipped, and will undergo a 14-day health inspection and monitoring before being allowed to return to their families.

There has been no cases of new coronavirus reported in Indonesia.

“All of them are reported to be healthy and free from infection. The Chinese government has also determined that only healthy people are allowed out of the affected areas,” said Indonesian Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto.

Last Thursday, President Joko Widodo ordered Indonesians in Wuhan, Hubei to return to the republic, in the wake of the the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak.

-- BERNAMA

Tag: Indonesia, Novel Coronavirus, evacuation, Natuna Islands