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Romanian couple tests positive for COVID-19 in Bali

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Tabanan, Bali   /   Mon, March 23, 2020   /   03:27 pm
Romanian couple tests positive for COVID-19 in Bali Health workers wearing protective gear take part in a simulation of handling a patient suspected to have COVID-19 at Sanglah hospital in Denpasar, Bali on Feb. 12. (AFP/Sony Tumbelaka)

A Romanian couple on holiday in Bali tested positive for COVID-19. Officials report the man and woman are in stable condition after 10 days of being treated in isolation.

“I can confirm that we have received the laboratory test results of two foreigners who have been treated for 10 days at Tabanan General Hospital and the result is positive,” the head of the Tabanan Health Agency, Nyoman Suratmika, said on Monday.

“Both patients are in stable condition. However, they will remain in isolation until their tests show negative,” he added.

Suratmika said the male patient had sought medical treatment first when he began feeling sick. He went to a private hospital in Badung regency before eventually being taken to the Tabanan hospital.

“He had a fever, cough and difficulty breathing [upon his arrival at the Tabanan hospital],” he added.

As he was showing COVID-19-like symptoms, the hospital decided to treat him in an isolation room, said Suratmika.

“After [he stayed for] two days at the Tabanan hospital, his wife began to show similar symptoms, so we also put her in isolation,” he added.

Suratmika said after the couple received medical treatment for 10 days, their health started to improve.

“We’re grateful to find that the two patients are now in better condition, but since they are still COVID-19-positive we’re still waiting for full tests.

“Once they are declared negative for COVID-19, they are allowed to leave [the hospital],” said Suratmika.

COVID-19 has so far claimed the life of two foreigners, who were believed to be a British woman and a French man, in Bali. At the moment, an Indonesian man is being treated in a hospital in Bali for COVID-19. 

With the Romanian couple, the resort island has recorded five COVID-19 cases, with two fatalities, so far.