A group of people wait for the arrival of their relatives at the Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport in Jakarta on Saturday after two-week quarantine on Natuna Island. Indonesian authorities puts 285 citizens of mostly returnees from China under quarantine for coronavirus scare. (Antara Photo/M Risyal Hidayat)

Returnees From Wuhan Leave Quarantine Island Healthy

BY :THE JAKARTA GLOBE

FEBRUARY 16, 2020

Jakarta. Hundreds of Indonesians of mostly returnees from the Chinese city of Wuhan left the Natuna Island after completing two-week quarantine on Saturday, with all being declared as free from coronavirus.

Three Air Force planes transported the 285 quarantine participants to Jakarta’s Halim Perdana Kusuma airport in the afternoon.

They included 238 returnees from China, five embassy officials and 42 evacuation team members comprising cabin crews and medical staffs who have accompanied their flight from China two weeks ago.

Warga Negara Indonesia (WNI) yang dievakuasi dari Wuhan, Provinsi Hubei, China berjalan menuju pesawat udara usai menjalani masa observasi di Hanggar Pangkalan Udara TNI AU Raden Sadjad, Ranai, Natuna, Kepulauan Riau, Sabtu (15/2/2020). Pemerintah melalui Kementerian Kesehatan secara resmi telah memulangkan 238 WNI ke daerah masing-masing karena telah dinyatakan sehat. ANTARA FOTO/Muhammad Adimaja/wsj.
A woman and her child leave the Air Force hangar in Natuna Island for a flight to Jakarta on Saturday, after undergoing two-week quarantine at the military base. (Antara Photo/Muhammad Adimaja)

Every passenger carried a small red and white flag and shared joy with colleagues and journalists at the Air Force base in Natuna, Riau Islands province, before boarding to the plane.

“Everyone is happy and healthy. I can feel their emotion and that really moves me,” Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto told reporters at the Natuna airport.

Warga Negara Indonesia (WNI) yang dievakuasi dari Wuhan, Provinsi Hubei, China berfoto bersama usai menjalani masa observasi di Hanggar Pangkalan Udara TNI AU Raden Sadjad, Ranai, Natuna, Kepulauan Riau, Sabtu (15/2/2020). Pemerintah melalui Kementerian Kesehatan secara resmi telah memulangkan 238 WNI ke daerah masing-masing karena telah dinyatakan sehat. ANTARA FOTO/Muhammad Adimaja/wsj.
Indonesian returnees from China take a selfie after completing two-week quarantine at the military base on Natuna Island on Saturday. (Antara Photo/Muhammad Adimaja)

“They have been waiting impatiently for this date, Feb. 15 at noon, when they finally were allowed to remove their face masks,” he said.

The presidential palace expressed gratitude to Natuna islanders for allowing the central government to impose quarantine on the island.

Warga Negara Indonesia (WNI) yang dievakuasi dari Wuhan, Provinsi Hubei, China berjalan menuju pesawat udara usai menjalani masa observasi di Hanggar Pangkalan Udara TNI AU Raden Sadjad, Ranai, Natuna, Kepulauan Riau, Sabtu (15/2/2020). Pemerintah melalui Kementerian Kesehatan secara resmi telah memulangkan 238 WNI ke daerah masing-masing karena telah dinyatakan sehat. ANTARA FOTO/Muhammad Adimaja/wsj.
Natuna islanders see off their compatriots who leave the island in Riau Islands province after completing two-week quarantine on Saturday. (Antara Photo/Muhammad Adimaja)

“We thank all the Natuna residents and extend our respect for becoming the host to their 285 compatriots who have undergone group observation since arriving from Hubei province, China, until their home flights today,” Fadjroel Rachman, a spokesman for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, said in statement.

“Let’s welcome them with open arms and help their return to social lives. We stand together to face these difficult times and hopefully the coronavirus outbreak will come to an end soon,” he said.

Warga Negara Indonesia (WNI) yang dievakuasi dari Wuhan, Provinsi Hubei, China menyapa warga dari dalam pesawat udara sebelum tinggal landas usai menjalani masa observasi di Hanggar Pangkalan Udara TNI AU Raden Sadjad, Ranai, Natuna, Kepulauan Riau, Sabtu (15/2/2020). Pemerintah melalui Kementerian Kesehatan secara resmi telah memulangkan 238 WNI ke daerah masing-masing karena telah dinyatakan sehat. ANTARA FOTO/Muhammad Adimaja/wsj.
An Indonesian Air Force plane carrying quarantine participants prepares to take off on Natuna Island. (Antara Photo/Muhammad Adimaja)

 

 

 

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