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Nearly 400 Indonesians infected with COVID-19 abroad, with 16 deaths

  • Apriza Pinandita
    Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 17, 2020   /   05:38 am
Nearly 400 Indonesians infected with COVID-19 abroad, with 16 deaths Workers set up a field hospital in front of Mount Sinai West Hospital inside Central Park on March 29 in New York City, the United States. (AFP/Kena Betancur)

The number of Indonesians infected by the novel coronavirus overseas increased to 391 on Thursday, after the Foreign Ministry recorded 79 new confirmed cases emerging over the past seven days.

On its official Twitter account @Kemlu_RI, the ministry said the Indonesian citizens were infected across 28 foreign territories as well as aboard international cruise liners.

According to ministry data, cruise liners had the highest number of infected Indonesians, with 101 cases, of which nine have recovered and 91 were currently in stable condition.

In Southeast Asia, neighboring Singapore and Malaysia hosted the highest number of infected Indonesians with 47 and 44 cases, respectively. Meanwhile, four positive coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Brunei Darussalam, two in Cambodia, one in the Philippines and one in Thailand.

Seventy-one Indonesians have tested positive for COVID-19 in India, which is now imposing the largest lockdown in history. Thirteen have recovered and 62 are in stable condition. Pakistan has recorded 16 cases of COVID-19 involving Indonesians.

South Korea and Macau have recorded one and three cases, respectively, while Taiwan has three cases.

In the Middle East, nine Indonesians have tested positive in Saudi Arabia, one in Oman, three in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and four in Qatar.

The United States, which currently has the most coronavirus infections of any country around the globe, has recorded 27 Indonesians testing positive for COVID-19 among more than 630,000 cases on its soil.

One Indonesian citizen has tested positive in Canada.

Ten European countries have also reported Indonesian citizens among their confirmed coronavirus cases.

The Netherlands has recorded six Indonesians with COVID-19, while Turkey and Belgium have two cases each.

Meanwhile, six Indonesians tested positive in the United Kingdom, three in Italy and seven in Germany.

Spain — now the hardest hit by the coronavirus in Europe — has reported 11 Indonesians among more than 182,000 cases recorded as of Thursday, while the Vatican has recorded seven cases involving Indonesians.

Ireland and Finland recorded one case each.

According to the Foreign Ministry's data, 16 Indonesians overseas have died from COVID-19, with five reported in the US, three in the Netherlands and two in Singapore and Malaysia. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, the UK, Turkey and one cruise ship each reported that one Indonesian had died from the disease.

Of the 319 confirmed cases abroad, 71 Indonesians have recovered.

As of Thursday, confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 2 million worldwide – in 210 countries and territories – with at least 136,036 fatalities, according to Worldometer data.