A sign at a store in Cambodia telling visitors to wear face masks to limit the spread of coronavirus. (Photo courtesy of the Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh)

A Total of 22 Indonesians Abroad Die From Coronavirus, Two Recover in Cambodia

BY :NUR YASMIN

APRIL 21, 2020

Jakarta. The Foreign Affairs Ministry on Tuesday updated the number of Indonesians abroad who have contracted Covid-19, now up to 480 people spread across 29 countries.

The highest number of cases are found in Malaysia (108 cases, seven recoveries, two deaths), followed by India (75 cases, 25 recoveries), Singapore (47 cases, 20 recoveries and two deaths) and the United States (38 cases, two recoveries and eight deaths).

Other cases are also found in Saudi Arabia, Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, the Philippines, England, Italy, Japan, Germany, Canada, Oman, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Macau, Taipei, Spain, Thailand, Turkey and Vatican City.

Meanwhile, 91 Indonesian cruise ship crew members are still being treated for Covid-19 overseas, nine have recovered and two have died from the virus.

In total, 22 Indonesians have died in other countries from coronavirus, and 112 have recovered.

All Indonesian coronavirus patients in Finland, Ireland, Cambodia and South Korea have recovered.

Stories of Recovery From Cambodia

Two unnamed Indonesians who were hospitalized from March 23 to April 13 in Siem Reap, Cambodia, have shared their recovery stories.

Both tested positive for Covid-19 on March 26. They have been living in Poipet, Cambodia, for the past five years.

The survivors said at the hospital in Siem Reap they were given anti-malaria medicines, sleeping pills, anti-constipation tablets, vitamins E, A, C and D and fish oil.

"We were also given herbal drinks with ginger, honey and lemongrass, healthy and nutritious food including steak, steamed salmon, green vegetables and fruits like papayas, kiwis and bananas," they said on Tuesday.

They were also told to wash their noses with salt water twice a day and do physical exercises every day to keep their lungs strong.

"Another thing the medics here told us to do was to keep our mind away from stress, never panic or fear, try to stay happy, trust the medics and let God do the rest," they said.

According to World Health Organization data, by Tuesday there were 2.3 million Covid-19 cases around the world with 160,000 fatalities.

The numbers included 6,760 confirmed coronavirus cases in Indonesia with 590 deaths and 747 recoveries.

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