Passengers wearing masks wait for boarding at Husein Sastranegara Airport in Bandung, West Java, om March 3. (Antara Photo/Novrian Arbi)

Indonesia's Coronavirus Cases Surge to 19


MARCH 09, 2020

Jakarta. The number of coronavirus patients from local transmission cases in Indonesia increased sharply to 19 on Monday from six a day earlier.

The 13 new patients aged between 16 dan 59 years old include two foreigners, whose nationality has not been disclosed.


"The total number of confirmed [coronavirus] cases has reached 19 as of today. They include two foreigners from a country that was the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. Please don't ask me about their identities," Achmad Yurianto, the government spokesman for coronavirus handling, told a press conference at the presidential office in Central Jakarta.

"Patient 7 is a 59-year-old woman who had just returned from an overseas trip. She transmitted the virus to her husband, 56, who is now called patient 8," Yurianto said.

A 16-year-old girl is the youngest patient so far whose case was linked to an earlier local transmission, he said.

The first two confirmed Covid-19 cases in Indonesia involved a mother and her daughter who hosted a dance party at Amigos Restaurant in Kemang, South Jakarta, on Valentine's Day.

Local health authorities now believed a Japanese national, who also attended the party and was later identified as Patient 24 in Malaysia, was the source of the novel coronavirus infection on that day. 

Within a week, three more people who had direct contact with the two women have tested positive for the virus. The 16-year-old girl got the virus from Patient 3, Yurianto said.

The two foreign patients were a man aged 29 and a woman aged 54, he said.

Yurianto said all but one patient are in stable conditions without the need for supplemental oxygen or intravenous feeding.

Patient 8 is an exception because he already had diarrhea and diabetes prior to contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus, he said.