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Embassy tells Indonesians to stay vigilant as Singapore raises coronavirus outbreak alert

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    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Sun, February 9, 2020   /   03:17 pm
Embassy tells Indonesians to stay vigilant as Singapore raises coronavirus outbreak alert People stock up on food supplies after Singapore raised its coronavirus outbreak alert to orange, at a supermarket in Singapore on Feb. 7. (Reuters/Edgar Su)

Indonesia has called on its citizens in Singapore to remain on alert after the city-state moved its disease outbreak response up from yellow to orange on Friday in response to the fast-spreading novel coronavirus outbreak.

“The Indonesian Embassy in Singapore urges all Indonesian citizens to follow the orange status precautions on the Ministry of Health’s website,” the embassy said in a statement on Saturday.

On Friday afternoon, Singaporean authorities announced three new confirmed coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s total number of cases to 33.

While two of the 33 patients are in critical condition and under intensive care, most of the patients are stable, including a 44-year-old Indonesian domestic worker who had been declared coronavirus positive on Tuesday. Two patients have since recovered and were discharged from hospital.

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According to the embassy’s statement, the Singapore government has reported that the last three patients who tested positive for coronavirus did not have any recent history of travel to China, where the outbreak originated. The three of them, however, did visit Malaysia for a few days in January.

The Indonesian citizen, whose identity cannot be revealed due to the Personal Data Protection Act, also had no recent travel history to mainland China prior to testing positive for the virus. 

With the orange alert level status, the Singapore government announced several preventative steps to minimize the risk of further virus transmission in the country, including urging the cancellation or postponement of large public gatherings.

As of the time of writing, the Indonesian domestic worker remains the only Indonesian national to have tested positive for coronavirus. Despite the rising number of coronavirus cases worldwide, Indonesia has yet to confirm a single case of coronavirus in the country. (hol)

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