3. Indonesian Labor Minister Ida Fauziyah Tests Positive for Covid-19
The Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on Indonesian President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo’s cabinet, after Labor Minister Ida Fauziyah has become the latest official to test positive for the illness.
Ida herself confirmed the diagnosis. “A PCR test I took earlier this week came back positive for Covid-19,” she said in a text message on Thursday, December 3. “I am still in good physical condition, and currently (self)-isolating to avoid transmitting (Covid-19) to others.”
Ida is Jokowi’s fourth minister to contract Covid-19. Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi was the first minister to test positive for the coronavirus, followed by former Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo and Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi.
The pandemic also affected regional heads throughout Indonesia. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and his deputy Ahmad Riza Patria recently tested positive for Covid-19.
The Governor of Riau Province Syamsuar also contracted the coronavirus, as did Isdianto, the Governor of the neighboring Riau Islands Province. Central Kalimantan Governor Sugianto Sabran rounded out this list.
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