Bekasi Health Agency Asks for Chinese Workers' Isolation

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  • People wearing face masks are seen in an underpass leading to a subway station in the morning after the extended Lunar New Year holiday caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak, in Shanghai, China February 10, 2020. Some Chinese goverment restrictions imposed because of the Coronavirus outbreak are eased, as local residents begin to return to work. REUTERS/Aly Song

    People wearing face masks are seen in an underpass leading to a subway station in the morning after the extended Lunar New Year holiday caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak, in Shanghai, China February 10, 2020. Some Chinese goverment restrictions imposed because of the Coronavirus outbreak are eased, as local residents begin to return to work. REUTERS/Aly Song

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The health agency of the Bekasi Regency requested the isolation of 14 Chinese workers after the agency believes the workers had just traveled from their home country of China. The agency deems it necessary to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

    In a press conference Thursday last week, head of the Bekasi health agency, Sri Enny, said the 14 Chinese workers last traveled to China and called for them to be isolated at their temporary residence in Indonesia. The agency’s warning was repeated in a written statement on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

    “What we mean is to quarantine and isolate them at their designated company residence to reduce the possibility of them making contact with their neighbors,” said Sri Enny Mainiarti in a press release on Tuesday, February 18. 

    The workers are employees of the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) located in the industrial area of Cibantu, South Cikarang. According to official records, there are 48 Chinese workers working for the company. 

    According to reports, the workers traveled to the coronavirus-stricken country two weeks prior to their health check on Monday last week.

    “We hope the corporation will conduct another health check on the 14 foreign workers after the 14-day incubation period,” said Sri Enny. 

    ADI WARSONO (CONTRIBUTOR)