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Jakarta Post

KPU chairman Arief Budiman tests positive for COVID-19

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 18, 2020   /   07:19 pm
KPU chairman Arief Budiman tests positive for COVID-19 General Elections Commission (KPU) chief Arief Budiman poses in front of the commission’s office in Jakarta on July 3. (Antara/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)

General Elections Commission (KPU) chairman Arief Budiman tested positive for COVID-19 after undergoing a swab test on Thursday evening.

“I took a swab test on Thursday evening as a requirement to attend a meeting at Bogor Palace today. The result came out positive,” Arief said on Friday, as quoted by

He added that he had remained at home in self-isolation since receiving the test result and that he was not experiencing any symptoms.

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Arief’s family underwent swab tests on Friday morning, and Arief underwent a second test at the same time. The results are not known at the time of writing.

The KPU has instructed its employees to work from home from Friday to Tuesday.

“I will also perform my tasks from home using online platforms,” said Arif. He asked everyone to pray for his recovery.

Arief is the latest high-ranking official to test positive for COVID-19. Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo reportedly has the illness. Former deputy minister Dino Patti Djalal has also tested positive for the disease and is undergoing intensive hospital treatment. (dpk)