Migrant Workers Back Home; Jokowi Wants Tighter Covid-19 Protocol

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaPresident Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said some 34,000 migrant workers will return to Indonesia amid the coronavirus or Covid-19 pandemic throughout May 2020.

    “Their arrivals must be really anticipated, prepared, and handled at the entrance gates that we have set and follow their movement until their regions,” said the president in a limited meeting on the report of the Covid-19 mitigation task force on Monday, May 11.

    Out of the total 34,000 migrant workers, more than 8,900 people hailed from East Java, 7,400 people from Central Java, 5,800 people from West Java, 4,200 people from West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), 2,800 people from North Sumatra, 1,800 people from Lampung, and 500 people from Bali.

    “For air transports, [we have set] two entrance gates, namely Soekarno-Hatta and Ngurah Rai airports,” the state head added. Ships crews could also enter the country through Benoa Port of Bali, Tanjung Priok of North Jakarta, Batam, and Tanjung Balai.

    Jokowi asserted that their returns must be in line with the enforcement of strict health protocols. He did not want the workers to accidentally bring home the virus and further spread the disease in the country.

    “And make sure the readiness of the quarantine sites and Covid-19 referral hospitals for our migrant workers,” he said.

    EGI ADYATAMA