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COVID-19: 7 students at Sukabumi police academy test positive

  • Galih Gumelar

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 1, 2020   /   01:55 pm
COVID-19: 7 students at Sukabumi police academy test positive The West Java administration tested about 300 health workers and staff members from Hasan Sadikin Hospital in the Anggrek Polyclinic in Bandung on March 25. (Courtesy of/West Java public relation)

The National Police have confirmed that seven students currently enrolled in the Police Officer Candidate School (Setukpa) in Sukabumi have tested positive for COVID-19, adding to the recently announced cluster of cases in the West Java city.

“We can confirm that seven of the students at Setukpa have tested positive for COVID-19,” said police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono in a press conference on Tuesday.

They tested positive after undergoing rapid COVID-19 tests using blood samples alongside 42 other students in the school, he said.

The newly identified patients have been admitted to the police’s Said Sukanto Hospital in Kramat Jati, East Jakarta, for isolation treatment. Those who tested negative for COVID-19 were asked to return to their respective regional units.

“We have instructed [the regional units] to isolate those who were not infected with the virus for 14 days,” Argo said. “But I haven’t received their latest health reports, so we will coordinate with our regional officers to closely observe them,” he added.

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On Monday, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil announced that Sukabumi, a city located in the southwestern part of the province, had become the center of a new outbreak cluster following thousands of rapid COVID-19 tests conducted by the provincial administration in some 27 cities and regencies.

The 22,000 rapid tests found 300 people with COVID-19. Sukabumi had the highest number of confirmed cases from the tests in the province, Ridwan said.

He did not say the exact number of people found to have the virus in the city.

“The high number of COVID-19 cases in Sukabumi is very surprising,” Ridwan said, “We will perform swab tests on those who have tested positive to be sure that they have really contracted the virus,” he added.

According to data from the West Java administration, there were 180 confirmed coronavirus cases in the province with nine fatalities as of Tuesday. About 30 people have recovered from the disease.

Authorities are currently monitoring 723 suspected COVID-19 cases in the province.