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Jakarta Post

Healthy but wary, Indonesians in China seek reprieve from virus after holidays

  • Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 12, 2020   /  07:09 am
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A passenger of a China Eastern flight to Shanghai, China shows her boarding pass at Terminal 3 of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten on Feb. 5. China Eastern flew the last airplane out of Jakarta before the government imposed a ban for all direct flights to and from China to help prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.(Antara/Muhammad Iqbal)

The start of this week saw a resumption of activities in China after authorities extended the Lunar New Year holidays over concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, including for thousands of Indonesian citizens who had chosen to stay put on the mainland. Private sector players began reopening their doors on Monday, a week after civil servants resumed their duties, according to the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing. People started to pack the streets of Beijing on the first day that shops and restaurants went back to business. Despite this facade of normality, however, Indonesian Ambassador Djauhari Oratmangun still urged all Indonesian citizens who had stayed in China to remain vigilant and take all necessary precautions to ensure they are unaffected by what the World Health Organization has labelled a global public health emergency. “We consistently call on Indonesians in Chi...