Indonesian Workers in 3 Asian Countries Unaffected by Coronavirus

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  • Workers labour at the construction site of the new Huoshenshan Hospital, a makeshift hospital for treating patients of the new coronavirus, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China January 30, 2020. Picture taken January 30, 2020. The epidemic has killed 361 people and infected more than 17,000 in China and at least 171 overseas. There are more than 11,000 cases in Hubei province, where Wuhan is located, state television said on Monday. China Daily via REUTERS

    Workers labour at the construction site of the new Huoshenshan Hospital, a makeshift hospital for treating patients of the new coronavirus, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China January 30, 2020. Picture taken January 30, 2020. The epidemic has killed 361 people and infected more than 17,000 in China and at least 171 overseas. There are more than 11,000 cases in Hubei province, where Wuhan is located, state television said on Monday. China Daily via REUTERS

    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

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