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30 Chinese workers under quarantine in N. Sulawesi after returning from China

  • Agustinus Hari

    The Jakarta Post

Manado   /   Mon, February 10, 2020   /   10:39 am
30 Chinese workers under quarantine in N. Sulawesi after returning from China Health quarantine officers examine passengers arriving at Juanda Airport in Surabaya, East Java, on Jan 30. The Surabaya Class 1 Port Health Office has installed a thermal scanner in the airport and has prepared evacuation capsules. (Antara/Umarul Faruq)

Thirty workers employed by Chinese cement company PT Conch in Lolak district, Bolaang Mongondow regency, North Sulawesi, are being quarantined under the supervision of immigration officials after arriving from China last week as a preventative measure in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China.

Kotamobagu immigration office head Joni Rumagit said the workers would be isolated and examined for 14 days after their arrival. 

“According to procedure, they are prohibited from exiting their room or meeting other employees. All PT Conch employees also have to wear a mask,” Joni told The Jakarta Post.

He said the workers had returned to Indonesia after celebrating the Lunar New Year in China. “Even though [Conch] is a foreign company, it has to abide by the rules here,” he said, emphasizing that the isolation and examination rules applied to everyone without exception.

Bolaang Mongondouw health agency head Erman Paputungan said the department had performed a physical scan of the workers. “Their condition is normal so far, but we will keep monitoring them for the next 14 days,” he said.

Conch representative Fahwanto Wahyu said that any employee who did not follow the rules during the quarantine would be severely punished.

After arriving at Sam Ratulangi airport in Manado, they were given a health card to help medical workers track their physical condition during the isolation period.

The workers were also sprayed with disinfectants when they arrived at PT Conch, Fahwanto said. 

“The officers [that sprayed the workers] were given protective clothing,” he said, adding that Conch provided a protective mask for the company’s other employees to prevent the spread of the virus.

“PT Conch’s headquarters also doesn’t want [a coronavirus outbreak]. PT Conch is free of coronavirus so far, so the public doesn’t have to worry,” he added.

According to Wahyu, there are currently 121 Chinese citizens working for the company.

As of Monday morning, Indonesia had no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. (mfp)