Gov’t Opens Hotline to Combat Coronavirus Outbreak
Date 5 Februari 2020
In a bid to combat coronavirus outbreak, the Government provides hotlines in nine Government ministries including the Ministry of Transportation, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Manpower, the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM), and the Ministry of Finance, especially the Customs and Excise, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto has said.
“The Government temporarily bans any flights from Indonesia to China and will issue policies related to immigration,” Airlangga said after a Limited Cabinet Meeting at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java Province, Tuesday (4/2).
The Government, he added, also temporarily bans travellers from China to Indonesia and will review the policy every two weeks.
Related to labor or tourists from China who have come to Indonesia and have not returned to China, the Government will facilitate visa extension for one month.
Airlangga went on to say that the Government also bans import of live animals from China to prevent the disease transmission, adding that the trade of other goods will continue, including for horticulture products such as garlic and fruits.
Airlangga also said that the Government will prepare the next policy to anticipate impact of coronavirus on the national economy.
“We will monitor (the situation) at mid-February and monitor the effects of quarantine at the end of February,” he said.
Regarding the decline in tourism due to the coronavirus, Airlangga said that the Government will support lower airfare to tourist destinations in Bali, Riau Islands, Batam, Bintan or Manado.
“The special airfare cut will be calculated and the Government will encourage conventions or MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions) to be held in tourism areas to boost domestic tourism,” the Coordinating Minister said. (DID/EN)
Translated by: Ridwan Ibadurrohman
Reviewed by: Yuyu Mulyani