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Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Indonesia’s tally of confirmed cases rises to 6

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, March 8, 2020   /   05:09 pm
COVID-19: Indonesia’s tally of confirmed cases rises to 6 Poster of clinical symptoms of Coronavirus Novel (Covid-19) at Kimia Farma Corona Prevention Center, Menteng Huis, Central Jakarta, Wednesday (3/4/2020). (JP/Dhoni SetiawanDhoni Setiawan)

Two more patients have tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), bringing the total confirmed cases in Indonesia up to six, the Health Ministry announced on Sunday. 

“Today, based on laboratory tests, two more cases have tested positive,” Health Ministry Disease Control and Prevention Directorate general secretary Achmad Yurianto said in a press conference at the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Sunday afternoon.

“The first, Case 5, is a 55-year-old man who is part of the Jakarta cluster,” he said, referring to a number of suspected and confirmed cases connected to a Japanese woman who tested positive for COVID-19 in Malaysia after visiting Jakarta in February.

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Case 6, Yurianto said, is a 36-year-old man who was among the Indonesian crew members of the virus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship that was docked in Yokohama, Japan. The man and 68 other crew members were evacuated to Sebaru Island, Jakarta to undergo quarantine. 

“Both men are stable and do not require oxygen or IV fluids. They are fully conscious. They don’t have a fever, cough, or runny nose,” he said. 

He added that Case 5 was being treated at the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital in North Jakarta, while Case 6 was being treated at the Persahabatan Central General Hospital in East Jakarta. (kmt)