Gov’t Monitors Third Indonesian Citizens Identified Covid-19 in Singapore
Date 9 Maret 2020
In a bid to tackle the coronavirus outbreak and slow the spread, the Indonesian Government will monitor the situation closely and coordinate with Singapore authorities regarding case 147, which is the third Indonesian to be diagnosed with Covid-19 in Singapore.
According to the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore, a 64-year-old male Indonesian citizen arrived in the city-state on Saturday (7/3) and tested positive for the virus on Sunday (8/3). The patient is being treated at the National Center of Infectious Diseases (NCID) in Novena, Singapore.
The 133rd case of coronavirus in Singapore identified only as a 62-year-old woman who entered the country using a social visit pass, the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore explained in a statement released on Sunday.
Before being hospitalized, the patient had been staying at her residence at 61 Jurong West Street and claimed to have attended a dinner event at SAFRA Jurong on Feb. 15, which has been linked to at least 21 cases of COVID-19 so far.
“A total of three Indonesian citizens confirmed positive for Covid-19. The case 21 has since recovered and has been discharged from the hospital, while case 133 announced on 7 March 2020,” the statement reads.
Concerning case 147, the Embassy said that it is not yet known how the Indonesian citizen contracted the Covid-19. However, the Singapore Ministry of Health has stated that the case is an imported case, meaning that the patient is likely to have been infected before arriving in Singapore.
The Indonesian Embassy in Singapore also said that all Indonesian citizens should remain vigilant when attending activities with many participants involved and when visiting public places, considering that the Singapore Government raised the Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) level to orange.
“The Embassy expected Indonesian citizens in Singapore to follow the instructions of Singapore authorities, including to maintaining personal health and hygiene, to wash hands regularly after going outdoors, to avoid crowded places, and to go to the doctor should Covid-19 symptoms occur,” the Embassy said.
Furthermore, the Embassy also emphasized the importance of personal responsibility, for instance, to be proactive in checking themselves if they were around Covid-19 clusters or if they have interacted with relatives or have activities in affected areas.
“All Indonesian citizens in Singapore should also stay updated with any development regarding Covid-19 through the official hotline of Singapore Ministry of Health (MoH) +6563259220 or the Indonesian Embassy office at +6562953964,” the Embassy said. (kemlu.go.id/EN)
Translated by: Syarifah Aisyah
Reviewed by: Mia Medyana