Surabaya-bound Indonesians tested negative, says minister

James Kon

Three Indonesian citizens who tested positive for COVID-19, upon arriving in Surabaya from Bandar Seri Begawan on August 9, later tested negative for the coronavirus.

The latest details on the Indonesian cases were revealed by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar, during a press conference yesterday at the Ministry of Health (MoH)’s Al-’Afiah Hall.

He explained, “Upon receiving the information on August 13, the Ministry of Health immediately conducted contact tracing investigations for the three cases, where 42 contacts were identified.

“All of them immediately underwent a COVID-19 swab test, and on August 15, all of the contacts were confirmed negative. They are currently undergoing quarantine under the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204).”

According to the latest information received from the Republic of Indonesia’s Ministry of Health, Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said, “Alhamdulillah, all of the three Indonesian citizens have been confirmed as negative for COVID-19 and are allowed to return home.”

He urged the public to continue to adhere to all directives issued by the government, in addition to maintaining personal hygiene, practising proper coughing and sneezing etiquette, wearing face masks when going to crowded places, and staying away from public areas and social gatherings when feeling unwell.

The public is also encouraged to use the BruHealth application and scan the QR Code when entering and leaving premises, especially in public areas such as shopping malls, retail shops, restaurants, beauty establishments and barber shops.

“Premises owners are advised to print and display the QR code at their entrances. The public is urged to treat the use of the BruHealth application seriously, especially when scanning the QR code, as it is used by the MoH for contact tracing purposes in the event of an outbreak of infection,” said Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham.