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COVID-19 task force to trace contacts of dead ‘ojek’ driver after mugging

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 11, 2020   /   08:18 pm
COVID-19 task force to trace contacts of dead ‘ojek’ driver after mugging A medical worker uses a computer at a COVID-19 testing lab in Pelindo Husada Citra Hospital in Surabaya, East Java, on May 12. (Antara/Moch Asim)

The Surabaya COVID-19 task force in East Java will trace the contacts of DAW, a 39-year-old app-based motorcycle taxi (ojek) driver, who died in an accident following an attempted mugging.

Surabaya COVID-19 task force deputy chief Irvan Widiyanto said the team had been testing DAW’s family members and the drivers who came to the funeral to determine if they had caught the illness.

“We are still looking for people who came to the location. After we find them, we will conduct rapid tests on them because the deceased reportedly tested positive,” Irvan said, as quoted by kompas.com.

DAW died on June 4 after an unidentified group of people attempted to mug him on Jl. Darmo Harapan Sukomanunggal in Surabaya, East Java. Medical workers later found that he was positive for COVID-19 and planned to bury him according to COVID-19 protocol.

However, the plan was opposed by his family and hundreds of fellow ojek drivers, who forcibly retrieved his body from Dr. Soetomo Hospital in the city. They demanded that the hospital bury him normally.

East Java has become the country’s COVID-19 epicenter. Health authorities have recorded 7,103 confirmed cases, with 297 new cases reported on Thursday afternoon. There have been 553 fatalities linked to the disease and 1,793 recoveries. (dpk)