Coronavirus Evacuation; Indonesians to Be Quarantined in Natuna

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  • Passengers wearing masks wait in a queue for a taxi at Hong Kong West Kowloon High Speed Train Station Terminus, before temporary closing, following the coronavirus outbreak in Hong Kong, China, January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

    Passengers wearing masks wait in a queue for a taxi at Hong Kong West Kowloon High Speed Train Station Terminus, before temporary closing, following the coronavirus outbreak in Hong Kong, China, January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The government said on Saturday that around 250 Indonesian citizens being evacuated from China's Hubei province, the center of the coronavirus epidemic, will be quarantined in Natuna Islands military base.

    Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said all the evacuees, along with five officials arranging their return on the Batik Air flight, were healthy and that further medical checks would be conducted onboard the plane and at their arrival in Indonesia.

    Military (TNI) chief Hadi Tjahjanto said the evacuees would be housed at the military facility on the northern Natuna Besar island, which has a hospital, for "transit observation."

    Tjahjanto did not specify how long the group would remain on the island, but Marsudi has previously said they would be kept away from other people for at least 14 days to avoid contagion. There have not been any confirmed cases of coronavirus in Indonesia.

    The Indonesian plane was also taking medical equipment, including face masks and surgical supplies, for use in China, where the number of deaths from the coronavirus epidemic has risen to 259.

    REUTERS