A Landing Craft Utility (LCU) boat from the Indonesian Navy's hospital ship KRI Dr. Soeharso transported Indonesian crew members of the Diamond Princess cruise ship to Sebaru Island on Thursday. (Antara Photo/Akbar Nugroho Gumay).

Another Diamond Princess Crew Member From Indonesia Suspected of Contracting Coronavirus


MARCH 06, 2020

Jakarta. One of the 69 Indonesian crew members of the Diamond Princess cruise ship currently under medical observation on Sebaru Island near Jakarta is suspected of having contracted the novel coronavirus, or SARS-CoV-2.

Achmad Yurianto, the secretary-general of the Health Ministry's disease control and environmental health directorate and also the ministry's spokesman on the Covid-19 outbreak, said the other 68 crew members were declared virus-free.

The one crew member suspected of contracting the virus has been put in an isolation room at Persahabatan Hospital in East Jakarta.

"We have isolated one person, even though physically he's in good condition. But we suspect he now has Covid-19 [the name of the illness]," Achmad said at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Friday.

Indonesian crew members of the Diamond Princess cruise ship – which was quarantined at a Japanese port for nearly a month in a failed attempt to contain the novel coronavirus – started arriving on Sebaru Island on Thursday.

They will be observed on the quarantine island for 48 days, along with 188 Indonesian crew members from the World Dream cruise ship who have been quarantined since Feb. 28. 

The Health Ministry has sent 20 more medical workers to Sebaru Island to assist ten of their personnel who had been taking care of the World Dream crew since they were picked up by the Indonesian Navy hospital ship KRI Dr. Soeharso.

"The ten medical workers who have been in contact with the World Dream crew have tested negative from the coronavirus. They will be allowed to work with the new staff," Achmad said.

The medical staff on Sebaru Island include pulmonologists, internists, cardiologists, clinical pathologists, general practitioners and nurses.

The facilities include an Emergency Room and an Intensive Care Unit.