TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah said Indonesian migrant workers in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong were reportedly uninfected by the novel coronavirus from China’s province of Wuhan.
“Up to this day we have coordinated with the Manpower Ministry’s attache there and alhamdullilah [the Indonesian migrant workers] are in good health. [We pray] that they will not be infected by the coronavirus,” said Ida after holding a coordination meeting at the headquarters of the Coordinating Minister for Economics on Monday, February 3.
However, Ida confirmed the urgent need for face masks expressed by Indonesians in the three aforementioned countries, which was why she assured that the Indonesian government would send supplies.
“They are finding difficulties in obtaining face masks, the same situation can be said here. But we will gather them and send them,” said the Minister.
She also announced that the ministry would soon issue a hotline service dedicated to Indonesian migrant workers abroad, which can be reached every day for 24 hours.
The Indonesian government repatriated Indonesians who settled in Wuhan, China, on Sunday. The evacuation of Indonesians saw 247 people temporarily evacuated to a military quarantine facility in Natuna, Riau Islands. That number includes one foreigner while four other Indonesians refused to be evacuated.
Another three were unable to depart from Wuhan as they failed to pass the Chinese authority’s health screening. The repatriated Indonesians will undergo a 14-day quarantine, which corroborates with the incubation period of the coronavirus.
CAESAR AKBAR | EGI ADYATAMA