An Indonesian migrant worker arriving from Malaysia waits for her documents to being examined at a checkpoint in Entikong, West Kalimantan on May 17, 2021. (Antara Photo/Agus Alfian)
Indonesia May Require 14-Day Quarantine for People Arriving From Malaysia
BY :JAKARTA GLOBE
MAY 31, 2021
[Updated at 07:15 p.m. on May 31, 2021, to add comment from a spokesperson clarifying that there was no concrete 14-day quarantine plan in place just yet]
Jakarta. The government may extend the quarantine period for people arriving from Malaysia and other countries with the rising number of Covid-19 cases to 14 days from five days currently, following the spike in the number of new Covid-19 cases in the neighboring country, a senior official said on Monday.
Wiku Adisasmito, the spokesman for Indonesia's Covid-19 Handling Task Force, said the government was working to tighten its border policies on foreigners arriving from several countries with worsening Covid-19 spread, including Malaysia.
"The quarantine could be longer," Wiku told CNN Indonesia news site on Monday. "It could be 14 days of the quarantine period. But, it has yet to be decided officially."
Wiku later clarified to the Globe that the government did not have any quarantine plan specifically aimed at Malaysians or people arriving from Malaysia. "There is no such plan yet," he said.
The Malaysian government will impose a nationwide lockdown on June 1-14, following a drastic spike in Covid-19 daily new cases. Malaysia reported 6,999 new cases on Sunday, following a record 9,020 cases a day earlier.
The country is now the worst hit by the pandemic in Southeast Asia, with around 236 new cases per million people had the pneumonia-like disease. That is higher than the Philippines with 57 new cases per million people or Thailand with 55 new cases per million people, data compiled by Oxford-based research institute Our World in Data showed.
Indonesia, in comparison, reported 21 new cases per million people on Sunday.
Indonesia currently imposes five-day quarantine for people coming from abroad as part of its effort to contain the Covid-19 disease, especially those caused by SARS-CoV2 virus variants that are more contagious or severe.
Still, some of the variants found their way into the country. The Health Ministry said earlier that it had detected several cases of Indian, South African, and Britain variants.
Indonesia reported 5,662 new Covid-19 cases on Monday and 174 deaths, increasing the number of active Covid-19 cases to 102,006, the highest level in almost six weeks.