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Jakarta Post

Nearly 100 Malaysians who recently returned from Indonesia test positive for COVID-19

  • Apriza Pinandita
    Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 27, 2020   /   06:30 pm
Nearly 100 Malaysians who recently returned from Indonesia test positive for COVID-19 A health worker takes a swab sample for COVID-19 testing in Gombak on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on April 22. (AFP/Mohd RASFAN )

Nearly 100 Malaysian citizens with a recent travel history to Indonesia have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past month, Malaysian health authorities have said.

In a press conference on Sunday, Malaysian Health Ministry director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah said 12,670 Malaysians returning from abroad had been placed under quarantine, following the implementation of mandatory isolation at quarantine stations.

"As of April 26, out of the 12,670 screened at quarantine centers, 139 tested positive," Noor Hisham said as quoted by Malaysian online news site The Star TV.

Noor said at least 99 of the positive cases had recently traveled to Indonesia.

“Fourteen had traveled to the United Kingdom, 13 to Singapore and five to Turkey,” Noor said, adding that the rest had been to the Netherlands, the United States, Thailand, France and Bangladesh.

Malaysia reported 38 more COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 5,780, while the death toll remains at 98, The Star reported.

Meanwhile, eight Malaysian students and one Thai student from the Al Fatah pesantren (Islamic boarding school) in Temboro village, Magetan regency, East Java, have tested positive for COVID-19 after contact tracing and quarantine measures were instated in the village, following reports that 43 of the pesantren's students had tested positive in Malaysia.

Al Fatah boarding school has more than 22,000 students, 2,000 of whom are foreigners, mostly from Southeast Asian countries. 

The secretary of the East Java provincial administration, Heru Tjahjono, said on Saturday that 164 students from Al Fatah would be repatriated to Malaysia on Monday after the school was declared as a severe red zone of COVID-19 transmissions in Magetan.

The Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta has said it would repatriate the remaining Malaysian students in Temboro village. 

As of Monday, Indonesia has recorded 9,906 cases of COVID-19, of which 765 have died and 1,151 have recovered.