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Jakarta Post

Former deputy foreign minister Dino Patti Djalal tests positive for COVID-19

  • Rizki Fachriansyah
    Rizki Fachriansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 16, 2020   /   05:57 pm
Former deputy foreign minister Dino Patti Djalal tests positive for COVID-19 Foreign Policy Community Indonesia (FPCI) cofounder Dino Patti Djalal delivers his keynote speech on Sept. 16, 2016 to open the Conference on Indonesian Foreign Policy in South Jakarta. (JP/Donny Fernando)

Former deputy foreign minister and cofounder of the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) Dino Patty Djalal has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently undergoing intensive treatment.

The FPCI broke the news in a statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Wednesday after it confirmed that Dino had been hospitalized at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) in Central Jakarta on Tuesday.

“Our chairman, Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, [has tested] positive for COVID-19. For the last six days, he has been experiencing breathing difficulties,” the statement read.

Dino has been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) for further treatment, according to the FPCI.

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FPCI executive secretary Mohammad Irfan previously confirmed that Dino had been admitted to the RSPAD, but stopped short of disclosing whether the former state official had contracted coronavirus.

Dino cofounded the FPCI thinktank in 2014 along with political scientist Dewi Fortuna Anwar and former Indonesian ambassador to Poland Peter Gontha.

He served as presidential spokesperson from 2004 until 2010 in the Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono administration, and served as the Indonesian ambassador to the United States from 2010 to 2013. Dino then served as deputy foreign minister from July 2014 to October 2014, during the final months of Yudhoyono's second presidential term.