The government has not planned to evacuate 78 Indonesian citizens on cruise ships – The Indonesian government said there were no plans to evacuate 78 Indonesian citizens trapped on a Japanese cruise ship, Diamond Princess, which was quarantined because of the corona virus.
Acting spokesman for the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Teuku Faizasyah, explained that until now there were no plans to repatriate dozens of Indonesian citizens who were crews of the cruise ship.
“There is no evacuation plan yet. Previous information from the Japanese quarantine authorities will end on February 19,” Faizasyah said when confirmed.
Faizasyah ensured that all 78 Indonesian citizens were in good health. Meanwhile, so far as many as 335 of the approximately 3,000 passengers on the The government Diamond Princess ship have tested positive for the corona virus. Bandar Ceme Online Indonesia
Faizasyah said that information regarding Indonesian citizens’ conditions continued to be obtained by the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo on a regular basis from Japanese authorities.
The Diamond Princess Ship became the corona virus quarantine place after one of the passengers who disembarked in Hong Kong tested positive for corona in January.
The cruise ship was then quarantined in the middle of their journey off the coast of Yokohama since February 3, but now allowed to dock for the process of moving infected passengers to isolation.
So far, only the United States has evacuated around 340 of its citizens from the cruise ship. A total of 14 US citizens who were evacuated turned out to be corona positive.
Quoted from AFP, the passengers had gotten off the ship and were ready to be transported by chartered planes when US officials were told that 14 of them were positively infected with the COVID-19 virus.
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said the 78 Indonesian citizens who worked as Ship Crews (ABK) on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in the waters of Yokohama, Japan did not need to be re-observed when returning to Indonesia.
According to him, this was because the 78 Indonesian citizens were still undergoing a period of observation for 14 days and so far it was declared negative by the corona virus. Observations are scheduled for completion on 23-24 February.
“Around February 23-24, the completion (observation) is an estimate (completed). Then later they will no longer need another observation period because it has been carried out on the ship.