Jakarta: Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia Masafumi Ishii has ensured that the Japanese government will be ready to assist the evacuation of Indonesian crew members from Diamond Princess cruise ship.
"I think it is their prerogative. We have not discussed the issue. If they decide to evacuate, we will be happy to assist," the Japanese diplomat told reporters here on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.
According to the Japanese official, the Indonesian government should also coordinate with the operator of the cruise ship. To that end, the Japanese government is also ready to facilitate communication between the Indonesian government and the company.
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Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi earlier confirmed that three out of 78 Indonesian crew members tested positive for novel coronavirus (Covid-19). The minister explained that the three Indonesians were immediately treated by Japanese health officers.
"Based on my discussion with Japanese Ambassador, three out of 78 Indonesian crew members tested positive for coronavirus," Retno said.
The cruise ship brought as many as 3,711 people, consisting of 2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew members. More than 400 people from the cruise ship have tested positive for the virus.