Jakarta. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Wednesday that another Indonesian crew member of the Diamond Princess cruise ship has tested positive for coronavirus.
Three other Indonesians were previously confirmed of having the highly contagious virus while on duty on the ship, which is now being quarantined off Yokohama.
"We received information that four Indonesians are now positive with coronavirus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship. The Indonesian embassy in Tokyo has sent a team to check them,” Judha Nugraha, the ministry’s director for the protection of Indonesian citizens, said at his office in Jakarta.
He said two of the Indonesian crews were being treated at a hospital in Chiba City and two others at a hospital in Tokyo.
There are 74 other Indonesians among 3,011 passengers and 3,711 crew members on the cruise ship, all have been placed under quarantine since Feb. 3.
Judha said the Indonesian government is working closely with the Japanese authorities to monitor the quarantine.
Judha also said that 360 Indonesians were onboard the MS Westerdam cruise ship subject to scrutiny by the Cambodian authorities after a female passenger was confirmed of having the virus.
MS Westerdam carries 1,455 passengers and 802 crew members.
“MS Westerdam is currently being checked by the country’s authority. We are waiting for the results. If the ship is clean, they will continue the trip,” Judha said.
Diamond Princess cruise ship is the second most affected location after China, with a total of 621 cases of infection, up from 445 people on Tuesday. There have been 75,317 coronavirus cases globally with 2,012 deaths and 15,072 recoveries.
In China alone, the virus has claimed 2,006 lives. The country reported that 14,872 patients have recovered but 12,017 others remain critical.
Five Indonesian citizens have now been confirmed of having coronavirus, all occurring overseas. In addition to the four Diamond Princess crew members, an Indonesian maid working in Singapore also tested positive for the virus.