Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi, center, accompanied by Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto, right, and TNI Commander Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, left, at a press conference in Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta Airport before ordering the evacuation of Indonesian citizens from Wuhan. (Antara Photo/Muhammad Iqbal).

Three Indonesian Crew Members on Diamond Princess Cruise Ship Infected by Coronavirus


FEBRUARY 18, 2020

Jakarta. Three out of a total of 78 Indonesian crew members on the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined off Yokohama in Japan have been infected by the coronavirus, Indonesia's foreign minister confirmed on Tuesday. 

"The Japanese Ambassador [to Indonesia] has told me that three of the 78 Indonesian crew members on the cruise ship had been confirmed [to be infected with the coronavirus]," Minister Retno Marsudi said on Tuesday.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases on the cruise ship, which has been in quarantine since Feb. 3, has now reached 446.

Two of the Indonesian crew members who tested positive for the coronavirus have been taken to a hospital in Chiba City, while the other person was being taken to another hospital on Tuesday. 

"As of this moment, I can't say which Indonesian citizens will be taken to which hospital," Retno said. 

A team from the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo arrived in Chiba this morning to ensure the Indonesian citizens were being given the best possible treatment. 

The Indonesian Embassy has kept in close contact with the Indonesian citizens who are still aboard the cruise ship.

A total of 3,714 people were aboard the Diamond Princess before it was prevented from sailing off Yokohama, consisting of 2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew members from 56 countries.