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Banjarbaru mayor dies after battle with COVID-19

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Mon, August 10, 2020   /   01:24 pm
Banjarbaru mayor dies after battle with COVID-19 Banjarbaru Mayor Nadjmi Adhani died on Sunday after being hospitalized for two weeks for COVID-19. (Tribunnews.com/-)

Nadjmi Adhani, the mayor of Banjarbaru city in South Kalimantan, passed away Monday after being hospitalized for two weeks for COVID-19.

Banjarbaru Disaster Mitigation Agency head Zaini Syahranie said Nadjmi passed away at Ulin Regional General Hospital in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan. 

"Pak Nadji Adhani passed away at 2:30 a.m.," Zaini said in a written statement on Monday as reported by kompas.com.

Nadjmi announced through an Instagram post in late July that he and his wife had tested positive for COVID-19.

Nadjmi was hospitalized after the announcement. However, his condition worsened on Sunday after intensive treatment. 

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He is the third regional leader to succumb to COVID-19. Syahrul, the mayor of Tanjungpinang in Riau Islands province and Aptripel Tumimomor, the regent of North Morowali in Central Sulawesi, died in April.

Other regional heads have also announced that they have contracted the virus, the latest being acting Medan mayor Akhyar Nasution, who tested positive for COVID-19 last Tuesday after complaining of a fever.

Medan Health Agency head Edwin Effendy said Akhyar was receiving treatment at Royal Prima Hospital and was in stable condition.

"His condition, in general, is good, I hope he can recover quickly and resume his regular activities," Edwin told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

Edwin said authorities had tested Akhyar's wife, children and mother, and the results came back negative.

Those who had been in close contact with Akhyar had also been tested. 

"Two agency heads who had close contact with the acting mayor had tested positive for COVID-19 and had since been hospitalized. They are head of the Medan Sanitary and Parks Agency, M. Husni, and head of the Medan Labor Agency, Hannalore Simanjuntak," Edwin said.

Other regional heads that have announced they tested positive for the novel coronavirus include Bogor Mayor Bima Arya, Karawang Mayor Cellica Nurrachadiana, Bandung Deputy Mayor Yana Mulyana, Pemalang Regent Junaedi, Melawi Regent Panji and Surakarta Deputy Mayor Achmad Purnomo, tempo.co reported.(nal)