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Forty specimens tested negative for Wuhan coronavirus: Ministry

  • Ardila Syakriah
    Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 6, 2020   /   10:25 am
Forty specimens tested negative for Wuhan coronavirus: Ministry A member of the public visits the Health Ministry in Jakarta on Jan. 28. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The Health Ministry revealed Wednesday that 40 specimens of individuals being monitored for the novel coronavirus have tested negative, while two others are still under observation.

Anung Sugihantono, the ministry's disease control and environmental health director general, said the ministry's medical research and training agency had gathered data from across the country.

The Health Ministry was collaborating with regional health agencies as well as private and public health service centers in monitoring the suspected cases, he said.

"We are still monitoring public health conditions through a surveillance system," Anung said on Wednesday.

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He added that the general public was urged to remain calm and cautious regarding the spread of the coronavirus. Anung also reminded people to maintain their health through a healthy lifestyle.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were 24,554 confirmed cases of the 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease around the globe as of Wednesday. Most of the confirmed cases were in China with 24,363 cases, while 191 cases were confirmed in 24 countries.

The United Nations' health agency also recorded that 491 people in China and one person in the Philippines had died from the disease. (dpk)