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Navy quarantines 188 Indonesian World Dream crew members in Jakarta

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    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Wed, February 26, 2020   /   06:00 pm
Navy quarantines 188 Indonesian World Dream crew members in Jakarta A passenger gazes out from a balcony on the World Dream cruise ship at Kai Tak cruise terminal in Hong Kong on Feb. 5. (AFP/Philip FONG )

The government transported 188 Indonesian nationals working as crew members aboard the World Dream cruise ship to the relatively uninhabited Sebaru Island, part of Jakarta, on Wednesday for quarantine amid coronavirus concerns.

Indonesian Navy First Fleet Maritime Security Task Force commander Cdre. Yayan Sofyan said the transfer of the crew members to the Dr. Soeharso naval hospital ship went according to plan.

“The transfer has been completed. It went well,” Yayan told The Jakarta Post.

The transfer was made under the supervision of the First Fleet Maritime Security Task Force in the Durian Strait near Karimun regency, Riau Islands.

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Yayan said the hospital ship was escorted by a number of naval ships, including KRI Cut Nyak Dien 375, KRI Clurit 641, KAL Marapas and KAL Mapur.

Joint Defense Area Command I commander Rear Adm. Yudo Margono said the transport was scheduled to arrive at Sebaru Island at 2 p.m.

The World Dream cruise ship suspended its operations after docking in Hong Kong earlier this month. It spent days in quarantine at the Kai Tak Cruise terminal after three Chinese nationals who had been aboard the ship between Jan. 19 and 24 tested positive for the virus, Reuters reported.

The ship’s 1,800 passengers disembarked in Hong Kong on Feb. 9, leaving 1,814 crew members onboard, according to World Dream’s operator Dream Cruises. (rfa)