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Jakarta Post

8 Indonesians with COVID-19 in Japan have recovered: Foreign Ministry

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 12, 2020   /   08:32 pm
8 Indonesians with COVID-19 in Japan have recovered: Foreign Ministry Workers in protective suits wait for passengers to disembark from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was quarantined due to fears of COVID-19, at Daikoku pier cruise terminal in Yokohama, Japan, on Feb. 21. ( AFP/Philip FONG)

Eight out of nine Indonesian citizens who had tested positive for COVID-19 in Japan have completely recovered, the Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday.

"Eight have recovered, one is stable," the ministry announced on its official Twitter account, @Kemlu_RI.

The nine Indonesians are crew members of the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship that was docked in the port of Yokohama.

The remaining 68 Indonesian crew members who have been tested negative in Japan have returned to the country. 

However, one of them later tested positive for COVID-19. He has since recovered after being treated in Persahabatan Hospital's isolation room in East Jakarta for several days.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director-general, Achmad Yurianto, said the patient, known as Case 6, had been allowed to go home.

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"Case 14, a 50-year-old woman, and Case 6, a Diamond Princess cruise ship crew member [were discharged]. They were tested twice. The results came back negative,” Yuri said.

According to data from the Foreign Ministry, 16 Indonesians abroad have tested positive for COVID-19 as per Thursday.

Besides the nine Diamond Princess crew members who are currently in Japan, five Indonesians are being hospitalized in Singapore. One has recovered, three are in stable condition and one is being treated in the intensive care unit.

Two other Indonesians infected by the novel coronavirus are currently hospitalized in Taiwan and Australia; both are in stable condition.

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially categorized COVID-19 as a pandemic.

As of Thursday, real-time data from the Foreign Ministry showed 118,326 confirmed cases worldwide. Italy reported the highest number of infections outside of China, with 10,149 cases, followed by Iran with 8,042 and South Korea with 7,755.

Meanwhile, Indonesia's tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases stood at 34 as per Wednesday. (nal)