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Govt pressured to step up coronavirus detection

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 27 2020   /  12:20 am

Concerns about how the Indonesian government is handling the novel coronavirus outbreak have grown as none of the 132 Indonesian lab tests for the virus have come back positive as of Wednesday.This week, a hospital in Semarang, Central Java, and another in Batam, Riau Islands, each reported the death of a patient who had symptoms similar to the new coronavirus. Both patients’ tests came back negative, officials said.The patient in Semarang, an Indonesian national aged 37, died not of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) but of bronchopneumonia, said Kariadi General Hospital medical and nursing director Agoes Oerip Poerwoko on Wednesday.“The patient had tested negative for the coronavirus based on an observation from the Health Research and Development Agency [Balitbangkes] in Jakarta. Balitbangkes did the examination,” Agoes said.On Wednesday, the Batam Health Agency reported the dea...