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Jakarta Post

COVID-19: TNI reports 55 cases, 15 deaths among personnel, family members

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 15, 2020   /   04:53 pm
COVID-19: TNI reports 55 cases, 15 deaths among personnel, family members Indonesian Army and National Police personnel stand guard as passengers disembark from ships at Sri Junjungan Dumai Port in Riau on March 28. (Antara/Aswaddy Hamid)

The Indonesian Military (TNI) has confirmed 55 cases of COVID-19 and 15 deaths among military personnel and their families.

TNI commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto announced on Wednesday that 190 patients were currently under surveillance (PDP) and 873 people were under monitoring (ODP).

"TNI has conducted rapid testing for active personnel and retired officers. Not all of us have been tested yet," Hadi said on Wednesday in an online hearing with House of Representatives Commission I, which oversees defense.

The Army, Navy and Air Force chiefs of staff also reported at the meeting the number of COVID-19 cases in each force.

Army chief of staff Gen. Andika Perkasa announced 463 cases or suspected cases of COVID-19 among Army personnel, with 285 being active military personnel and 178 civil servants.

Andika did not specify how many of the cases were confirmed cases.

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"There are four deaths, namely one active personnel and three civil servants. Two of the three were medical personnel," Andika said, adding that the last death had happened on Saturday.

Navy chief of staff Adm. Siwi Sukma Adji announced 97 ODP, 32 PDP and 20 positive cases of COVID-19 in his force, among military personnel and their families and civil servants.

"Those who have died were an active Navy doctor, five retired personnel and three of our personnel’s family members,” Siwi said.

Air Force chief of staff Marshal Yuyu Sutisna announced 346 people under monitoring, 23 patients under surveillance and 25 positive cases.

“Two people have died, both of them were military personnel. Two people have recovered," Yuyu said.