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Jakarta Post

Indonesian citizen tests positive for COVID-19 in India, nine others awaiting results

  • Apriza Pinandita
    Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 17, 2020   /   10:05 pm
Indonesian citizen tests positive for COVID-19 in India, nine others awaiting results A cricket fan wearing a face mask walks past a banner displaying information about how to prevent COVID-19 outside the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala on March 12, ahead of the start of the first one day international (ODI) cricket match of a three-match series between India and South Africa. (AFP/Sajjad HUSSAIN)

The Indonesian Embassy in New Delhi confirmed on Tuesday that an Indonesian citizen had tested positive for the coronavirus and was now under intensive care at a hospital in India’s city of Hyderabad.

Local news outlet The New Indian Express reported on Tuesday morning that a total of 10 Indonesians and three Indians had been brought to Hyderabad’s Gandhi Hospital on Monday after they were suspected to have contracted COVID-19.

The police said the 10 Indonesians belonged to an Islamic outreach organization and had arrived in Karimnagar – a city in Telangana state in southeast India – on Saturday from Delhi.

Indonesian Ambassador to India Sidharto Suryodipuro said the embassy was closely monitoring the case.

“We have received a confirmation from Telangana’s health authority that one of the Indonesian citizens tested positive. Nine other Indonesians will be tested later [on Tuesday] and the result will be announced tomorrow [on Wednesday],” he told The Jakarta Post.

However, he provided no further details about the chronology of the case.

The news outlet reported that the Indonesians alongside three Indians were staying in a mosque after arriving in Karimnagar. 

As the Indian government has restricted international arrivals into the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, authorities who had received information regarding the arrival of the Indonesians began to look for them and later took them to the nearby hospital for COVID-19 tests before taking them to Hyderabad.

Sidharto pointed out that the embassy would guarantee that the Indonesian citizens’ rights were protected in accordance with Indian law.

The Indonesian embassy will provide interpreting services for them. “I have also spoken to the Telangana state’s director of public health. They said our fellow Indonesians were being taken care of in the hospital,” Sidharto added.

“The embassy is ready to cooperate with Indian health authorities to ensure the well-being of people around us," he said.