Arrivals and transits are suspended for foreigners

Indonesia will temporarily bar all foreign visitors from entering the country to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ban, which comes into effect on midnight Thursday, 2nd April, also applies to foreigners transiting through the country.

There are a few exemptions to the entry ban

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Image credit: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Exemptions will be given to foreign citizens with permanent and temporary stay permits, diplomatic and service visa holders, humanitarian workers, transportation crew, and anyone involved in “national strategic projects”.

All exempted foreigners entering Indonesia must have a letter from their respective health authorities declaring that they are healthy, stayed in regions without COVID-19 cases for at least 14 days, and agree to a 14-day quarantine period.

Indonesians returning home will be screened and monitored

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President Joko Widodo said on Tuesday that returning Indonesian citizens will be screened upon arrival. Those who show no COVID-19 symptoms will be put on the list of people under surveillance (Orang Dalam Pemantauan, or ODP) and must self-isolate for the next 14 days. Meanwhile, those who are symptomatic will be isolated at a designated hospital.

68-year-old Indonesian becomes 4th person to die from COVID-19 in Singapore

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Image credit: National Centre for Infectious Diseases

Singapore announced that a 68-year-old Indonesian man had died of COVID-19 on Thursday, 2nd April.

The man was a Singapore Work Pass holder and had been in Indonesia from 20th January to 16th March. He was admitted to Singapore’s National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) on 22nd March and tested positive for the virus on the same day.

The patient, Singapore’s Case 476, had been in the intensive care unit (ICU) since 26th March. He had a history of diabetes and hypertension. He developed serious complications after seven days in the ICU and died at 6.43AM on Thursday, Singapore’s Ministry of Health said in a statement.

11-year-old girl in East Java is Indonesia’s youngest COVID-19 fatality

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A medical worker attends to a patient suspected to have COVID-19 at Iskak Hospital in Tulungagung, East Java
Image credit: ANTARA Foto/Destyan Sujarwoko

An 11-year-old girl who died last month at the Slamet Martodirjo Hospital in Pamekasan, Madura Island, East Java, has been confirmed as the youngest patient to die from COVID-19 in Indonesia.

She died on 20th March, only one day after being admitted to the hospital. An initial swab test result from the Health Ministry’s laboratory in Surabaya came back negative. However, on Sunday, 29th March, a second test result by the ministry’s Jakarta laboratory came back positive.

Prior to her death, the patient had been suffering from dengue hemorrhagic fever. Family members and medical workers who had been in contact with the girl will be tested for COVID-19 and are required to self-isolate for 14 days, the Pamekasan COVID-19 Task Force said.


COVID-19 statistics as of Friday, 3rd April

covid statistics 3 april 2020 indonesiaThis chart shows the spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia and the number of cases, recoveries, and deaths in each province.
Image credit: COVID-19 Task Force

On Friday, 2nd April, Indonesia reported 196 new cases, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 1,986. The government also announced 134 recoveries and 181 deaths.

Indonesia currently has the highest COVID-19 fatality rate in Asia at 9.1 percent. For the latest official government updates, visit the official COVID-19 website.

And remember to stay at home and keep up anti-COVID-19 hygiene practices such as handwashing and wearing a mask whenever you can.

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