Jakarta: The spread of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is increasingly threatening people in many countries, including Indonesia. Professor of International Law at the University of Indonesia Hikmahanto Juwana believes that the government must hold a limited meeting (ratas) to anticipate the spread of this virus.
"Various agencies also need to have one voice and adopt harmonious policies in dealing with the spread of this virus," said Hikmahanto in a statement received by Medcom.id on Monday, January 27, 2020.
He also said that the Ratas is aimed to formulate a number of steps so that people would not panic in dealing with the issue. For some agencies, Hikmahanto added, the steps taken must be done as quickly as possible.
"First, the Ministry of Health. To deal with those suspected of contracting the coronavirus, the Ministry of Health must be able to ensure that each province has a referral hospital," he said.
"Secondly, the Ministry of Transportation. The current ban needs to be expanded for ships coming from and to cities in China that have been affected by the coronavirus," he exclaimed.
Moreover, Hikmahanto explained that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has two main tasks. First, it should urge the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the coronavirus to be dangerous and ask various countries to prevent its spread. Secondly, it should evacuate Indonesian citizens in China so that they can immediately return to the country.
Hikmahanto also appealed to the Director General of Immigration to prevent Chinese citizens arriving in large numbers. In addition, the Ministry of Communication and Information was also encouraged to aggressively provide information to the public about the coronavirus and its prevention.
As of Monday, January 27, 2020, according to the Chinese government released, the outbreak has killed 80 people with a total confirmed cases reaching 2,744.
An additional 24 deaths came from Hubei, a province which is the epicenter of the spread of the nCoV type coronavirus.
Some countries, such as the United States and Australia plan to evacuate their citizens from the city of Wuhan, which was the first region the virus was found.
The coronavirus outbreak has been confirmed in many other countries such as Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada and even France.