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Jakarta Post

Nine Indonesian with COVID-19 in Japan have recovered, says foreign minister

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 14, 2020   /   09:58 am
Nine Indonesian with COVID-19 in Japan have recovered, says foreign minister Passengers walk along the deck of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, with around 3,600 people quarantined on board due to fears over COVID-19, at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama on Feb. 14. (AFP/Charly Triballeu )

Nine Indonesian crew members of the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan have recovered from COVID-19 and are waiting to return to their home country.

Seventy-eight Indonesian crew members were on board the cruise ship, which was quarantined by Japanese authorities for two weeks in the port of Yokohama on Feb. 5 in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus. Nine of them tested positive for COVID-19 during the quarantine.

“All of the nine [crew members] have now [tested] negative and been declared healed,” Retno said on Friday.

“If treated well, this disease can be cured. The case of nine Indonesians in Yokohama shows that we should not give up,” the minister went on to say.

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

Separately, the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto,  said five of the nine crew members had returned to Indonesia.

“The remaining four have also been discharged from their respective hospitals. However, they are still waiting for tickets home from their company,” Yurianto said on Thursday as quoted by Antara.

The nine crew members tested positive for COVID-19 were treated separately at several hospitals in different regions across Japan.

The remaining 69 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, identified as Case 6, has since recovered after being treated in Persahabatan Hospital's isolation room in East Jakarta for several days. (gis)