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Jakarta Post

Four Indonesian students repatriated from China get clear bill of health

  • Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Semarang   /   Mon, February 3, 2020   /   12:42 pm
Four Indonesian students repatriated from China get clear bill of health Just in case: Pedestrians wear masks on Jan. 30 as they walk along Jl. M.H. Thamrin in Central Jakarta. Although Indonesia has not reported any confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, people have rushed to buy masks to protect themselves. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Four Indonesians who were studying at Chinese universities have been declared free of coronavirus infection after their recent return to their hometown in Banyumas regency, Central Java. 

The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has killed more than 300 people in China since it first emerged in December 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei province.

The students, who were enrolled at Hunan University and Chongqing University, arrived in Banyumas on Saturday and were immediately taken to Margono Regional General Hospital upon arrival for a medical examination.

"Based on the results of their anamnesis [patient account], physical examination, laboratory [tests] and X-rays, the students have been declared coronavirus-free,"  Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said on Sunday in Semarang.

"[They have] no symptoms of the novel coronavirus, nor did they have any prior contact with [2019-nCoV] patients. They were not even under observation since they were not suspected [cases]."

The four students have returned to their homes, while a team from the Banyumas Health Agency will continue to monitor them.

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Eleven other students from Central Java are reportedly still waiting to be evacuated from China.

"We are pushing [for the evacuation]. We are still awaiting communication between the Foreign Ministry and the Chinese government," Ganjar added, referring to the students still in China.

"We are ready to help them to come home. Some of them have complained that they do not have the money to get home."

To date, Indonesia has no confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV infection. Meanwhile, nine of the 19 people that the Health Ministry placed under observation on Jan. 30 have been declared coronavirus-free.

Indonesia has repatriated 238 of its citizens from several cities in China, including Wuhan at the epicenter of the outbreak. As of 12 a.m. on Monday, all foreign travelers who have been in China for 14 days or more are prohibited from visiting or transiting in Indonesia. (dev)