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Govt downplays reports of infected Chinese tourist

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya, Budi Sutrisno and Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 14 2020   /  12:12 am

The Health Ministry has played down the news that a Chinese tourist who traveled from Wuhan to Bali last month tested positive for the novel coronavirus a few days after he left the resort island.Health Ministry Disease Control and Prevention Directorate General secretary Achmad Yurianto said on Thursday that the patient could have been infected in Shanghai after he returned from Bali and reiterated that Bali had yet to detect any positive coronavirus cases. Therefore, Bali’s condition was “insufficient to infect people”.Authorities in Huainan city in Anhui province, China, reported via Weibo on Feb. 5 the travel history of a Chinese national identified as Jin who had tested positive for the new coronavirus. The patient flew to Denpasar, Bali, on Jan. 22 on a Lion Air flight from Wuhan (JT2618) and left on a Garuda Indonesia flight from Denpasar to Shanghai (GA858) on Jan. 28. Chin...