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Transportation minister leaves hospital after one month of COVID-19 treatment

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 15, 2020   /   04:03 pm
Transportation minister leaves hospital after one month of COVID-19 treatment Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi (center) talks with an airport railway conductor as he examines the condition of the train at Sudirman Baru Station in Central Jakarta on Dec. 5, 2019. (Antara/Rivan Awal Lingga/)

Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has been discharged from Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) in Jakarta after about a month of treatment for COVID-19. 

“Transportation Minister, Bapak Budi Karya Sumadi, has returned to his home after being treated at RSPAD. His current condition is healthy and he is now in recovery and self-isolation for 14 days in accordance with doctors’ instructions,” Ministry spokesperson Adita Irawaty explained in a written statement on Wednesday. 

The government announced on March 14 that Budi, who has long suffered from asthma, had tested positive for COVID-19 and had been hospitalized at RSPAD. State Secretary Pratikno said that Budi was identified as Case 76 in Indonesia. As of Tuesday afternoon, Indonesia had recorded more than 4,800 cases of COVID-19 with 459 deaths.

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During Budi’s treatment at the hospital, Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan was appointed acting transportation minister for the length of Budi’s absence.

Before the announcement that Budi had tested positive for COVID-19, the minister been absent from a number of events he had been scheduled to attend. Prior to that, he had been on a number of work-related trips, including to Kertajati Airport in West Java and Luwu and Toraja in South Sulawesi. He was also active in the evacuation of Indonesian crew members from the virus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship on March 2.