Joko Widodo tests negative for coronavirus

JAKARTA (BERNAMA) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo has undergone a swab test for the COVID-19 and the result showed negative, an official has confirmed, Xinhua news agency reported.

“The result is good. The President is very healthy,” Head of the Presidential Secretariat Heru Budi Hartono told media yesterday.

The Indonesian President commonly known as Jokowi had a swab test on Friday afternoon after meeting with Achmad Purnomo, vice mayor of Solo City in Central Java province on Thursday.

Achmad Purnomo told reporters on Friday that he had tested positive for COVID-19. Hartono said before meeting the vice mayor, the Presidential Palace implemented a strict COVID-19 preventive health protocol that required every guest and visitor to pass a rapid test.

In addition, the head of state and all his staff members, as well as workers in the Presidential Palace, routinely take swab tests.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo. PHOTO: XINHUA