The Jakarta Post
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has ordered the immediate evacuation of all Indonesian citizens from coronavirus-hit Hubei province in China.
The decision was made by the President after he met several of his ministers, including Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base in East Jakarta on Thursday evening.
“The President has instructed [us] to immediately evacuate Indonesian citizens from Hubei province,” Retno said after the meeting.
Retno previously said Indonesia was carrying out intense and detailed coordination with the Chinese authorities so that the evacuees could be repatriated soon amid a lockdown in Wuhan and surrounding Hubei province -- the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed 170.
Approximately 243 Indonesians are trapped in Hubei.
The Air Force has maintained three aircraft and health personnel on standby to evacuate Indonesian citizens from Hubei at any time, awaiting instructions from the government. The government has also prepared Sulianto Saroso Hospital in North Jakarta to be used as a quarantine facility to monitor the inbound citizens once they arrive in Indonesia. (kuk)