Korean Man in COVID-19 Self-Isolation Found Dead in Jakarta Apartment

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  • An employee is seen sweeping one part of the Pasar Rusun Flats (Rusun) in Jakarta, Thursday, June 24, 2021. The government has prepared the Flats as an alternative place for self-isolation for COVID-19 patients in the category of People Without Symptoms (OTG) by operating 600 units of rooms on the fourth floor until the 25th floor in the first phase which is planned to operate in the next week or 10 days. ANTARA PHOTOS/Aditya Pradana Putra

    An employee is seen sweeping one part of the Pasar Rusun Flats (Rusun) in Jakarta, Thursday, June 24, 2021. The government has prepared the Flats as an alternative place for self-isolation for COVID-19 patients in the category of People Without Symptoms (OTG) by operating 600 units of rooms on the fourth floor until the 25th floor in the first phase which is planned to operate in the next week or 10 days. ANTARA PHOTOS/Aditya Pradana Putra

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaA Korean citizen man named Im Sook Hee, 89 years old, was found dead during self-isolation at his home, Prapanca Apartment, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta. The man's body was discovered by his son on Monday morning, July 19.

    According to family statements, the elderly man was alone in his apartment room as he underwent self-isolation after contracting COVID-19.

    “The swab test result came back positive for COVID-19,” confirmed Kebayoran Baru sub-district head Tommy Fudihartono on Monday.

    Before undergoing self-isolation, the Korean national lived with his children in his apartment unit. However, as the man tested positive for the coronavirus, they were forced to live separately for a while.

    “He had a family, his son lived here,” Tommy added.

    Tommy said medical officers wearing full personal protective equipment or PPE had evacuated the body. He said that Im Sook Hee's body would be cremated by his family.

    Last week, on July 12, co-founder of the COVID-19 pandemic mitigation watchdog LaporCOVID-19 Ahmad Arif said 451 people in Indonesia died during self-isolation. West Java Province reported the highest number of deaths in isolation with 160.

    Read: COVID-19 Self-isolation and When to End It

    M JULNIS FIRMANSYAH