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Jakarta Post

Another virus alert

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, January 22 2020   /  01:18 am

With the major New Year floods behind us, and while we expect more rains, the sights and sounds of sniffling and sneezing are nothing out of the ordinary. However, health authorities are urging us to seek medical advice when we experience excessive coughing and breathing difficulties and show symptoms of a fever — as it is feared these are not signs of the common flu. Since early January, reports of a new strain of coronavirus came from Wuhan city in China; and people who have entered the country from China are all subject to thermal scanners at Indonesia’s ports of entry since infections have also been reported in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzen. People have been asked to fill out health alert forms as the virus, which is believed to originate from animals, could spread among humans.Ahead of Chinese New Year on Saturday, the number of tourists from China may increase while on the main...