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Officials call for calm as suspected coronavirus cases emerge

  • Karina M Tehusijarana and Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, January 27, 2020   /  09:40 pm
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Health Ministry officials use a thermal scanner to detect the body temperature of newly arrived passengers at Abdulrachman Saleh Airport in Malang, East Java, on Monday. Measures to detect the coronavirus are being carried out even at non-international airports. (JP / Nedi Putra AW)(JP/ Nedi Putra AW)

Government officials from several ministries have called for calm while detailing the measures they have taken to defend against the fast-spreading Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, as suspected cases begin to be recorded across the country. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said the public should be alert but not overly panicked or anxious. "We are conducting surveillance in all our airports, especially for flights to and from China," he said during a visit to state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL in Surabaya, East Java, on Monday, according to a press release from the State Palace. "The most important thing is to be alert to the symptoms [of the virus]." Meanwhile, in a joint press conference at the Transportation Ministry, Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto advised the public to keep their bodies and minds healthy to maintain the strength of their immune syst...