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Hundreds of Chinese workers in Batam under observation as part of coronavirus containment efforts

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Thu, February 13, 2020   /   02:40 pm
Hundreds of Chinese workers in Batam under observation as part of coronavirus containment efforts  Batam Health Agency workers conduct health observations on hundreds of workers from China amid the coronavirus outbreak on Feb. 12. (JP/JP/Fadli)

A joint team comprising staff from the city’s health and manpower agencies has been formed to monitor the health of hundreds of Chinese workers in Batam, Riau Islands as a precautionary measure in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak. 

Chinese workers that have just arrived at Batam will also undergo a 14-day isolation period before being allowed to return to work.

Batam Manpower Agency head Rudi Syakyakirti said the joint team had visited the workers’ lodgings and factories on Wednesday.

The manpower agency recorded that more than 100 Chinese workers in Batam between January and February.

Rudy said health officials had also carried out medical checks on the workers when they first arrived in Batam and that all of the were found to be healthy at the time.

“They are all under being monitored because they entered Batam right after the coronavirus outbreak started in their homeland,” Rudi said. "The results of our field observations so far is that none of the Chinese workers are showing any coronavirus symptoms.” (hol)