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COVID-19: Released from hospital, transportation minister joins virtual Cabinet meeting

  • Tri Indah Oktavianti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 27, 2020   /   04:34 pm
COVID-19: Released from hospital, transportation minister joins virtual Cabinet meeting Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi (left) and Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama (right) talk to the press in Jakarta on Friday, Feb. 7. (JP/Riza Roidila Mufti)

Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi participated in a virtual Cabinet meeting on Monday, the first time since he was declared positive for COVID-19.

"I am ready to help as I always maintain coordination with all stakeholders. I have conducted five internal coordination meetings [within the ministry] even though I was in quarantine," he said in a presser streamed via the official Sekretariat Kabinet RI YouTube channel on Monday. 

"Thank you. I hope to see you soon. I miss everyone, but we can only meet after May 5," Budi Karya said to conclude his speech, referring to the end of the isolation period.

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 had been identified as Case 76 in Indonesia. 

As of Monday afternoon, Indonesia had recorded 9,096 of COVID-19 cases with 765 death.

The ministry's spokesperson, Adita Irawati, confirmed to The Jakarta Post on Monday that the minister had joined a limited Cabinet meeting to discuss the transition process prior to his return to the ministerial post.

Budi was released from hospital on April 15 and required to self-isolate for 14 days.

While Budi was receiving treatment for COVID-19, Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan acted as transportation minister.

"We still can't confirm when Pak Budi will officially return to his position as transportation minister," Adita told the Post.