Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Tuesday that two nationals had tested positive for coronavirus.
Announcing on March 2 at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Mr. Widodo said two patients were hospitalized. He did not disclose specific facilities being treated and quarantined these people, according to Reuters .
President Jokowi revealed patients had been exposed to a Japanese citizen , who tested positive in Malaysia on February 27. Japanese tourists travel in Indonesia in early February.
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“After receiving the information (about Japanese citizens), a specialized team in Indonesia immediately searched for the people this tourist had met. We checked out the patient. This morning, I received the report.” The report from the health minister said they were positive for the corona virus, “the Indonesian president said.
The 58 year old leader continued to assert that the government was well prepared to deal with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
“We are ready with more than 100 hospitals with isolation rooms and isolation systems that meet good standards. We also have equipment that meets international standards,” he stressed.
According to the Jakarta Post , the two patients included a 64-year-old woman and a 31-year-old daughter. According to Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto, two infected women live in Depok, West Java and are being treated at Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital, located in Jakarta.
The minister said the Japanese tourist was a friend of the patient’s family. Indonesian authorities continue to check on other people Japanese citizens were exposed during their stay.
These are the first two confirmed cases in Indonesia in more than 2 months after the disease outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei province, China . There has been much doubt about the ability to detect a new strain of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in Indonesia, especially as the country receives a lot of tourists from China before closing the flight route to the outbreak. .
According to Reuters , the world’s fourth most populous country has tested only 141 suspected cases, a relatively small number compared to its population, raising concerns among health experts about the lack of vigilance. and the risk of undetected cases.
Its neighbor, Malaysia, has so far done about 1,000 tests while the number in Britain is more than 10,000.