Jakarta: The government has not imposed a travel warning to China, pending the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) issuance of travel alert to the country over the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
"Later, if the WHO has recommended something, we, along with the health minister and foreign minister, will discuss other possibilities," Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi stated here on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.
Despite the absence of a travel warning to China, the government has temporarily shut down access of flights from and to Wuhan City, the epicenter of this deadly coronavirus, in an endeavor to halt the spread of the virus that has, until now, claimed 106 lives in China.
"We have coordinated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Health Ministry in addressing the coronavirus issues. At this point in time, we have closed down to and from flights between Indonesia and Wuhan," he stated in response to a question raised by the chairman of the House of Representatives’ (DPR’s) Commission V overseeing infrastructure and transportation at a plenary session for evaluating the handling of transportation infrastructure and facilities during the recent Christmas and New Year holiday seasons.
In halting the spread of this virus, precautionary measures have been taken at airports and seaports. International passengers, recently arriving at the Indonesian seaports and airports, will undergo thorough examination by being subject to thermal scanning.
This novel coronavirus has, so far, claimed at least 106 lives in China, while several other countries, including the United States and Canada, have announced their confirmed cases. (Antara)