Health Ministry: Most Coronavirus Samples Test Negative

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  • Coronavirus patients and medical staff dance to a lively Chinese song about red flowers at a makeshift hospital in Wuhan, China in this still frame obtained from video dated February 10, 2020.  To stave off boredom and engage the patients in light exercises, a health worker from Xinjiang, Ipare Ehmet started teaching them simple moves from an ethnic dance. China News Service via REUTERS TV

    Coronavirus patients and medical staff dance to a lively Chinese song about red flowers at a makeshift hospital in Wuhan, China in this still frame obtained from video dated February 10, 2020. To stave off boredom and engage the patients in light exercises, a health worker from Xinjiang, Ipare Ehmet started teaching them simple moves from an ethnic dance. China News Service via REUTERS TV

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy said the government’s health officials had analyzed 104 specimens from suspected coronavirus patients and reported that nearly all of them tested negative. 

    “There have been 104 specimens or samples based on the Health Ministry’s directorate-general from the entire country, which has been lab-checked by the ministry’s lab center for infectious diseases. The results showed that 102 were negative while the other two are still being processed,” said Muhadjir at the Presidential Staff’s Office in Central Jakarta today.

    He said that samples of suspected coronavirus cases were always sent to the government, which included the latest specimen from a case in Tanimbar Island in Maluku. Muhadjir also asserted according to lab tests there were no coronavirus cases found to date in the country.n 

    Indonesia has also evacuated 237 of its citizens from Wuhan. All of the evacuees have been sent home after undergoing a 14-day close observation. 

    Muhadjir assured that the government would remain on high-alert in preventing the coronavirus from entering Indonesia. 

    EGI ADYATAMA