Three patients suspected of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) at Hasan Sadikin Hospital (RSHS) in Bandung have tested negative.
The three patients had been treated at the hospital since Feb. 20 and had their swab samples sent to the Health Ministry laboratory in Jakarta for testing. All three of the patients’ samples have come back negative.
The first patient, a 58-year-old man, has been sent home. Nina said the patient, who lives and works in Perth, Australia, had come to Bandung after visiting Bali and Surabaya. When he arrived in Indonesia, the patient exhibited flu-like symptoms, including a cough, difficulty breathing and high fever.
“The patient was monitored in a special isolation room. After two days of monitoring, the lab results came back negative, so we sent him home on Feb. 23,” RSHS president director Nina Susana Dewi said in Bandung on Monday.
The second patient, a 55 year-old woman from Majalaya, Bandung regency, had visited Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand from Feb. 11 to 15.
RSHS special infection team head Yovita Hartantri said the patient had suffered from cold symptoms during her travels abroad. “She was caught in the rain,” Yovita said.
Upon her return to Indonesia, the patient suffered from breathing difficulty. She also had a fever for four days and sought treatment at the Majalaya State Hospital, which then referred her to the RSHS.
“During her time at the RSHS, she did not have any fever, difficulty breathing or coughing. Her test result was also negative, so she is allowed to go home,” Yovita said.
Yovita said that the third patient, a 45-year-old man, had visited Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, from Feb. 9 to 13, and then Pattaya, Thailand, from Feb. 13 to 15.
He visited the RSHS on Feb. 21 to seek treatment because he had suffered from a fever, runny nose and muscle pain since Feb. 20.
RSHS special infection team deputy chief Anggraeni Alam said the public should postpone traveling abroad, especially to countries that had reported confirmed COVID-19 cases, such as China, South Korea, Japan and the United States.
There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia to date. (gis)