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May 8, 2021, 10.14 AM

Aside from the Greater Jakarta Area and Greater Solo Area, other agglomerations that will be affected by the government policy include the surrounding areas of other Indonesian cities such as Bandung, Medan and Makassar.

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Indonesia Quarantines Foreign Sailors Suspected of Carrying Covid-19 Variant From India

Concerns over the transmission of the B.1.6.1.7 Covid-19 variant from India continues to spread throughout Indonesia, after authorities in the port of Cilacap, Central Java province quarantined 13 foreign sailors who tested positive for Covid-19.

The 13 sailors are among the 20 crewmen of a ship which sailed to Cilacap from India last April.

“Boarding officers from Cilacap’s Health Services took genome samples from three of the sailors at Cilacap Regional Hospital on April 28, where they have been self-isolating in rooms separate from the other patients,” said Cilacap Health Service chief Dr. Pramesti Griana Dewi.

Pramesti declined to confirm if the patients, who hailed from the Philippines, tested positive for the B.1.6.1.7 strain. But she confirmed that some contact with workers at Cilacap’s Tanjung Intan port did occur.

“The procedure to determine if [the sailors] contracted the B.1.6.1.7 strain was carried out three days after the vessel arrived at Cilacap’s [Tanjung Intan] port. It will then be sent to the offices of the Ministry of Health in Jakarta.”

Prior to its arrival at Cilacap’s Tanjung Intan harbor on April 25, the cargo ship was known to leave Indian waters on April 14.

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