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BREAKING: Japanese man tests positive for COVID-19 after Indonesia visit: Report

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, February 23, 2020   /   12:51 pm
BREAKING: Japanese man tests positive for COVID-19 after Indonesia visit: Report Breaking News (TJP/File)

A Japanese man has tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) shortly after returning from a visit to Indonesia, Japanese public broadcaster NHK has reported.

According to the NHK report, the Tokyo metropolitan government announced on Saturday that the man, a Tokyo resident in his 60s, had been infected by the novel coronavirus.

The man, a staff member of a senior care facility, visited a healthcare institution on Feb. 12 after he developed "cold-like symptoms", but returned home the same day because he was not diagnosed with pneumonia. He returned to work at the senior home on Feb. 13. He spent Feb. 14 at home and then reportedly traveled to Indonesia on a family vacation on Feb. 15. 

The NHK report did not specify the man's exact destination in Indonesia.

The man was hospitalized upon his return to Japan on Feb. 19 for severe difficulty breathing, and is said to be in "serious condition".

A press release from the Tokyo Novel Coronavirus Infectious Disease Control Center on the Tokyo metropolitan government's website states that a Tokyo resident in his 60s had tested positive for the disease and that the onset of his symptoms occurred on Feb. 12. 

The release, however, does not mention any travel history to Indonesia, saying only that the man had no travel history to China within 14 days prior to onset of symptoms. The patient's condition is listed as "serious".

This case marks the second time a patient has tested positive for COVID-19 following a visit to Indonesia. The first, a Chinese man identified as Jin, tested positive for the disease earlier this month, eight days after returning from Bali. (kmt)