A deserted terminal at Juanda International Airport in Sidoarjo, East Java, on Tuesday. (Antara Photo/Umarul Faruq)

More Than a Thousand Indonesians Stuck Under India's Covid-19 Lockdown


MARCH 25, 2020

Jakarta. The Indonesian Ambassador to India, Sidharto R. Suryodipuro, said more than a thousand Indonesian citizens in India are in now safe condition under a nationwide lockdown. 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the 21-day lockdown on Tuesday. 

"Our duty first and foremost is to protect all Indonesians. We've reached out to them and kept a record of their contacts and locations. We're working closely with the Indian authorities," Sidharto told the Jakarta Globe.

According to data from the Foreign Affairs Ministry, 10 Indonesians have tested positive for Covid-19 in India. They are currently being treated in hospitals in stable condition.

A total of 1,031 Indonesian citizens are now stuck under India's lockdown, 228 of them students who are now studying from home.

"We're relieved because India produces abundant agricultural products, including fruits. The government here has ensured there will be no disruption to the food supply chain," he said.

Under the lockdown, food markets and grocery stores will remain open, with home delivery assistance available to minimize movements of people.

All transportation has been halted, including trains, buses and airplanes.

According to Sidharto, the embassy has also reached out to help a few Indonesian travelers who are now stranded in India.

"There are some [Indonesian citizens] who traveled [to India] and can't return home because the airports are closed. We've contacted hotels here to accommodate them and keep them safe," he said.

Currently, the number of positive Covid-19 cases in India stands at 568, 43 among them foreigners. Twelve people have died from the virus in the country, which has a population of 1.3 billion.