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Urban chat: Travel in the time of coronavirus

  • Lynda Ibrahim

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 22 2020   /  02:45 am

When the news of “some new virus in China” broke out in early January, I glanced over it and took it as less of an incentive to visit Hong Kong for Lunar New Year. I moved on to new plans: Lunar New Year in Manado and the lantern festival (Cap Go Meh) week in Laos. I rummaged through my medicine cabinet for vitamin C, but basically wasn’t bothered much. When myself and travel mate Miss TamTam woke up on the last Sunday of January in Manado, Wuhan was in lockdown, while our media wrote that a Lion Air interpreter for a Wuhan-Manado flight was rushed from an unidentified hotel to a hospital for possible coronavirus infection. It could’ve been our hotel, for all we knew. Miss TamTam and I braced ourselves for flying home with Batik Air, the sister of Lion Air that might’ve shared a cleaning crew for all we knew.As I tumbled into my apartment, a hospital-sized hand sanitizer a...