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The Coronavirus in Asia and ASEAN – Live Updates by Country

(News from the ASEAN briefing)


  • Public transport in Jakarta will begin operating from 6am-6pm only.
  • Indonesia reported 21 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 117.
  • Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Indonesia reported 27 more coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of confirmed infection to 96. The total number of deaths from coronavirus rose to five.
  • The governor of Indonesia’s capital has ordered remote teaching for at least two weeks.
  • The number of cases in Indonesia has risen to 69, with two more registered deaths, totaling four.
  • Indonesia will temporarily ban the export of face masks to safeguard domestic supply amid the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo says the country registered its second coronavirus-related death.
  • The government will provide a six-month tax break for employees, manufacturers, and importers starting next month.
  • The number of cases has risen to 34. All the new cases were imported cases.
  • The first-ever Jakarta E-Prix has been postponed due to the coronavirus.
  • A 53-year-old woman has died from coronavirus in Indonesia. The woman, a foreign national, had already been in critical condition when she was admitted to a hospital. The number of infections has risen to 27.
  • The government is planning to delay individual and corporate income tax collection to stimulate the economy.
  • The number of cases rises to 19.
  • Indonesia has confirmed two more cases, bringing the nationwide total to 6.
  • Indonesia confirmed on Friday that two more people had tested positive for the coronavirus, taking the total of confirmed cases to four. The two new cases were in contact with the two previous cases.
  • Korean Air will suspend all flights between Indonesia’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and the Incheon International Airport from March 5 to April 25.
  • Indonesia has banned travelers from certain cities in Iran (Tehran, Qom and Gilan), Italy (Lombardi, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Marche and Piedmont), and South Korea (Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do).
  • The Jakarta city administration has temporarily suspended the issuance of permits for mass gatherings, including for film shooting purposes.
  • The government has placed 48 people under observation as they were identified to have come in contact with the country’s first two positive cases.
  • Indonesia will turn a former Vietnamese refugee camp into a hospital for possible Covid-19 patients. The site is located on Galang island, located some 25 miles southeast of Batam and has a capacity for 1,000 beds.
  • The Batam administration in Riau Islands has quarantined 15 locals who were identified as having close contact with three Singaporean residents who tested positive for the virus after visiting the city.
  • Indonesia is working on a second stimulus package to shore up Southeast Asia’s biggest economy. This second package would be bigger than the US$725 million package announced last week.
  • Three people, two Singaporean citizens and one Myanmar national have tested positive for the coronavirus after visiting Indonesia.
  • The two patients were in contact with a Japanese national who tested positive after leaving Indonesia.
  • A Garuda Indonesia plane carrying 69 Indonesian crew members of the Diamond Princess cruise ship landed at Kertajati Airport in Majalengka, in West Java province, just before midnight on Sunday. The crew members will be taken to Sebaru island for quarantine.
  • The government has transported 188 Indonesian nationals working as crew members aboard the World Dream cruise ship to Sebaru Island.
  • Indonesia plans to evacuate 188 citizens working as crew members aboard the World Dream cruise ship to Sebaru Island, which is uninhabited.
  • Indonesia unveils US$742m stimulus to counter virus impact. The package will provide financial incentives for the tourism, airline and housing sectors hit by the outbreak. The government will waive taxes on hotels and restaurants in the nation’s top 10 tourist destinations for a three-month period starting March 1.
  • A second person who visited Bali, Indonesia, has tested positive for the virus. According to Japanese and Indonesian media, the Japanese man visited Bali shortly before testing positive for Covid-19.
  • Indonesia’s Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister, Luhut Pandjaitan, has said the outbreak of a novel coronavirus has affected the country’s tourism sector, with estimated losses of around US$500 million.
  • Another five Indonesian crew members on the Diamond Princess have tested positive for the virus.
  • Indonesia’s central bank has cut its key interest rates by 25 basis points to 4.75 percent in addition to purchasing 27 trillion rupiah (nearly $2 billion) worth of government bonds to combat capital outflows amid the coronavirus epidemic.
  • Indonesia will evacuate 74 of its nationals from the Diamond Princess cruise liner.
  • Bali has seen a huge decline in the number of tourists. The Guardian has reported that there have been around 40,000 cancellations of hotel bookings. The island is seeing a spike in domestic tourists though.
  • Three Indonesian crew members test positive for Covid-19 on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
  • Indonesia will prepare a stimulus package to help its tourism industry mitigate the impact of the virus.
  • The 238 Indonesian quarantined on Natuna islands have been discharged.
  • The Head of the Bali Provincial Health Agency was quoted as saying the province remains safe.
  • An article by the Jakarta Globe has said that Indonesia could lose US$2 billion from the reduction in the number of Chinese tourists – who made up 13 percent of total international arrivals in 2019.
  • 68 out of 70 samples from patients suspected of having Covid-19 have come back negative, says the Ministry of Health’s Research and Development agency. The other two samples are still being tested.
  • According to The Jakarta Post, health officials in Bali are investigating reports that a Chinese tourist has tested positive for the virus in China a week after vacationing in Bali.
  • Indonesia has criticized a Harvard study that said the country should have recorded cases of the virus given its air links to China and the city of Wuhan. Indonesia’s Minister of Health called the report ‘insulting’.
  • Indonesia is currently preparing to temporarily ban the import of live animals from China.
  • Authorities have set up a hotline for the public to report coronavirus cases.
  • The North Sumatra Health Agency has placed 83 people under observation. 45 are foreign nationals.
  • Indonesia has still to record any cases of the virus.
  • Indonesia raises travel alert for Singapore to level yellow (the second level in its three-tier system) and urging those traveling to the city-state to take extra precautions.
  • Indonesia has placed five Chinese workers under quarantine in North Sumatra as a precaution. Three of arrived at the Kualanamu International Airport in Medan on January 31, while their two colleagues landed on February 3.
  • Jakarta Post article on potential theories why Indonesia is showing zero cases here.
  • The Ministry of Manpower has asked migrant placement companies to stop sending workers to mainland China.
  • Concerns growing about lack of apparent cases in Indonesia. 243 Indonesian nationals evacuated from Wuhan have been quarantined.
  • The country extends tourist visas of 5,000 Chinese nationals vacationing in Bali by 30 days after they became stranded following flight suspensions. The country still reports zero cases.
  • Country bars all passenger arrivals who have visited China in the past 14 days.
  • 245 Indonesians evacuated from China being quarantined at Natuna Island, no cases reported.
  • 43,000 workers quarantined in Chinese owned mining complex on Sulawesi. Concerns over zero cases being reported in the country leading to accusations of lack of screening.
  • Authorities have implemented preventative measures to defend against the epidemic at 135 points of entry to the archipelago, including at airports, seaports and border areas, such as installing thermal scanners and medical check-up posts to examine suspected carriers of the virus.
  • Immigration dept re-evaluating Visa on Arrival from China. 
  • Indonesia has issued a travel warning to citizens planning to travel to China.
  • Incoming passenger screening likely to be introduced. Lion Air has suspended flights to China.
  • Indonesia has issued a travel warning to citizens planning to travel to China.
  • No cases reported, but several patients under observation. Hospitals being prepared.

(News from the ASEAN briefing)

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