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Jakarta Post

Ministry issues travel advisory, increases surveillance amid virus outbreak

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Tue, January 21, 2020   /  08:00 pm
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Medical staff carry a patient into the Jinyintan hospital, where patients infected by a mysterious SARS-like virus are being treated, in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on Jan. 18.(AFP/STR/China Out)

The Health Ministry has issued a travel advisory for Indonesians who wish to travel to countries affected by the Wuhan coronavirus and handed out health alert cards (HACs) to passengers arriving from China and other affected countries. “The ministry has had a travel advisory in place since Jan. 3 and disseminated information on wearing masks to officials at airports that are directly in touch with passengers, such as ground handlers and immigration officers, in an effort to prevent the spread of infection,” Soekarno-Hatta International Airport health authority chief Anas Ma’ruf said on Monday. He said all 135 entry points to the country had been equipped with thermal scanners that could identify a person’s body temperature remotely through a camera. “We already equipped all entry points with thermal scanners that are operating routinely. We have als...