A health inspector at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport explains how to fill in a health report card to passengers arriving from Hongkong. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

More Indonesians Abroad Contract Covid-19, New Cases in Spain and the Netherlands

BY :NUR YASMIN

MARCH 23, 2020

Jakarta. The Foreign Affairs Ministry announced on Monday the number of Indonesian citizens abroad who have contracted Covid-19 had increased to 65, with two new cases found in the Netherlands, three in Spain and one in Qatar.

Singapore has most of the cases, with 20 Indonesians in the city-state having been found with coronavirus (one has recovered, 16 are in stable condition, two are in intensive care and one had died), Malaysia has 13 cases, which were related to a tabligh Islamic gathering near Kuala Lumpur (all are in stable condition), and India has 10, all also in stable condition.

Nine Indonesians in Japan who were infected on the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship have all recovered.

The rest of the cases are in Taiwan (2), Australia (2), Saudi Arabia (2) and Macau (1).

The number had increased from 48 on Thursday, when the ministry also issued an order for Indonesian travelers still abroad to return home immediately.

Outside China, the countries with the most number of Covid-19 cases are Italy (53,578), Spain (24,926), Germany (21,463), Iran (20,610) and South Korea (8,897).

The Indonesian government has banned entry and transit for anyone who went to these countries in the past 14 days, and also travelers who had been to Mainland China, France, Vatican City, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

The government has also stopped issuing visa-on-arrival and free visa for the next month, though travelers can still obtain a normal visa from Indonesian embassies by including a health certificate.

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