Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Wuhan Evacuees to Head Home After Completing Natuna Quarantine

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  • A resident reads a pamphlet on the prevention against the coronavirus distributed by the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) in Tua Penagi city, Ranai, Natuna, Riau Islands, Thursday, February 6, 2020. ANTARA/M Risyal Hidayat

    A resident reads a pamphlet on the prevention against the coronavirus distributed by the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) in Tua Penagi city, Ranai, Natuna, Riau Islands, Thursday, February 6, 2020. ANTARA/M Risyal Hidayat

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe quarantine period for the 237 evacuated Indonesians from coronavirus-stricken Wuhan and areas surrounding the province in China is set to end on Saturday, February 15. They will be released following a 14-day of observation at the Natuna observation facility. 

    “Tomorrow [they] will be sent home via Halim Perdanakusuma airport,” said Health Ministry spokesperson Widyawati today.

    These evacuated Indonesians will be sent home at 12:00 noon from the Natuna facility’s hangar straight to East Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusuma where they will be picked up by regional representatives of each person. 

    The 238 Indonesians were evacuated from Wuhan on February 2, 2020, and immediately placed under quarantine complying with the World Health Organization’s recommendation in handling coronavirus cases. 

    The government maintains they are in perfect health and deemed free from coronavirus infection. 

    EGI ADYATAMA