The Jakarta Post
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has promised that the 188 Indonesians quarantined on Sebaru Island in Thousand Islands regency, Jakarta, will be housed in better facilities than the Wuhan evacuees that were quarantined in Natuna regency, Riau Islands earlier this year.
The 188 Indonesians are crew members of the World Dream cruise ship, which suspended its operations after docking in Hong Kong and spent days in quarantine at the Kai Tak Cruise terminal earlier this month. Three Chinese nationals, who had been aboard the ship between Jan. 19 and 24, tested positive for the virus.
Rustian, the BNPB’s director of logistics and equipment, said the uninhabited Sebaru Island already had the necessary infrastructure as it was once used as a rehabilitation center for drug users. The crew members will live in the rehabilitation building, which has been prepared to act as an observation center.
“There are decent bedrooms, all necessary facilities and is generally much better than Natuna,” Rustian said in a statement on Wednesday.
Rustian said the building had the capacity to board 200 people, adding that the government has deployed more than 760 personnel from the Indonesian Military (TNI), BNPB and Health Ministry to oversee the quarantine.
Aerial photo of Sebaru Kecil Island in the Thousand Islands, Jakarta, Monday (2/26/2020). The island will be the site of observation for 188 WNI ABK World Dream. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)
“[The personnel] have prepare medical, sanitation, and public kitchen equipment to host the crew members,” Rustian said.
The crew members had been picked up naval hospital ship Dr. Soeharso on Wednesday before being dropped off on Sebaru Island.
The quarantine will last for 14 days under the care of Health Ministry in accordance with World Health Organization (WHO) protocol. (gis)