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No details yet on the Japanese patient COVID-19 who reportedly visited Indonesia: Govt – National

Indonesian authorities have not yet received further details on the Japanese man who reportedly tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) shortly after visiting Indonesia, ministry officials said.

The secretary general of the Ministry of Health’s directorate for disease control and environmental health, Achmad Yurianto, said that although the ministry contacted the Indonesian embassy (KBRI) in Tokyo, they have not yet managed to verify his identity. .

“We don’t know his name or what part of Indonesia [he visited]. So what can we investigate? “Yurianto said The Jakarta Post on Sunday.

Earlier, the Japanese public broadcaster NHK had reported that the Tokyo metropolitan government announced Saturday that the man, residing in Tokyo in his sixties, had been infected with the new coronavirus.

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He had reportedly visited Indonesia since February 15 and had been hospitalized on his return to Japan on February 19 with severe breathing difficulties, and is said to have been in “serious condition”. The NHK did not specify the man’s destination in Indonesia.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku “Faiz” Faizasyah said there had been no official communication from the Japanese authorities about the man.

“That’s the problem, so far there hasn’t been any information from Japan yet,” said Yurianto.

Bayu Krisnamurthi, who led the National Avian Influenza Control and Pandemic Preparation Committee between 2006 and 2010, said that people infected with coronavirus outside Indonesia could spread it inside the country through droplets coughing and sneezing.

“Health authorities should quickly clear up this case. It should be assumed that the virus could have been passed on to someone else before the symptoms appeared,” Bayu said. To send.

Meanwhile, Amin Soebandrio, director of the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology, said that if the Japanese man had not shown symptoms during his stay in Indonesia, he may not be detected despite having already transported the virus during the incubation period, which lasts up to 14 days.

“This isn’t just in Indonesia. [The man would be undetected] in any country if no symptoms were shown before he returned to Japan, “said Amin To send.

Amin also said that the Indonesian government has followed appropriate procedures according to the World Health Organization (WHO), including the application for health cards and the quarantine of travelers who have recently visited China.

“So the problem is not in our ability to detect [the coronavirus] or not, because we have implemented all the measures, “said Amin.

To date, no confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Indonesia.

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