15 people quarantined in Batam after close contact with Singapore’s COVID-19 patients

JAKARTA (CNA) – Fifteen local people in Batam have been put under quarantine after coming in close contact with three visitors from Singapore who were diagnosed with COVID-19.

This came after Singapore’s Health Ministry announced that the three – two Singaporean residents and a Myanmar national – tested positive for the virus following their visit to Batam.

Head of Riau Islands Health Agency Tjeptjep Yudiana was quoted by Jakarta Post that the local authorities identified the locals after being notified by their Singapore counterparts.

“They will be observed for a week,” he said. He added that the 15 people appeared well and their samples have been sent for testing at the Health Ministry’s laboratory in Jakarta.

“Even if they test negative, they will still be observed for a week,” he said.

The 15 people included a 33-year-old man, his wife and two children.

Yudiana said the agency was working with the local police to track down those on the ferry that carried the three visitors to Batam.

The passenger list included 26 Indonesians and 82 foreigners.

Indonesian schoolchildren wearing protective face masks watch an air show performance in Batam. PHOTO: CNA