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More than 300 foreigners infected with COVID-19 in Indonesia with 26 deaths

  • Apriza Pinandita and Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 12, 2020   /   04:03 pm
More than 300 foreigners infected with COVID-19 in Indonesia with 26 deaths Indonesian Red Cross staff prepare to sterilize Wisma Atlet Kemayoran in Jakarta on March 21 prior to the opening of the COVID-19 hospital there. JP/Seto Wardhana (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi announced on Thursday that there were at least 311 foreign nationals infected with COVID-19 in Indonesia, of whom 26 have died.

“As of Wednesday, there are 311 foreigners who have tested positive for COVID-19, 26 have died and 204 others have recovered,” she said in a virtual press briefing.

The ministry also recorded as many as 485 foreigners currently classified as people under surveillance (ODP). Of the figure, 265 foreigners have been repatriated to their home countries.

Retno did not provide details on the nationalities of the foreign nationals.

However, she ensured that the Foreign Ministry was consistently communicating with their respective embassies in Jakarta.

In the briefing, Retno also gave an update on the status of Indonesian returnees amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She said that, as of Wednesday, 110,457 Indonesians had returned home, an increase of 2,807 within a week.

Meanwhile, 21,733 Indonesian crewmembers had also returned from 29 countries. They arrived in Indonesia through dedicated entry points in Jakarta and Bali. This was an increase of 1,096 compared to last week.

Furthermore, at least 7,299 Indonesians have returned home via self-repatriation from 43 countries, an increase of 490 compared to last week.

“The Foreign Ministry also continues to extend assistance to Indonesians abroad who are in need. Between March 18 and June 10, in Malaysia alone, our embassies and consulate generals have distributed 298,007 packages of basic needs,” Retno said.

She also explained that with the help of the Indonesian diaspora abroad, the ministry managed to provide 407,175 packages in total in Malaysia.

“This brings our assistance globally to a total of 474,947 packages including in the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Europe, America and Africa,” she added.