Indonesia confirms first cases of coronavirus

JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Monday that two Indonesians had tested positive after being with an infected Japanese citizen, marking the first confirmed in the fourth most populous country in the world.

The two had been hospitalized in Jakarta, Widodo said in the presidential palace of the capital.

The president said that a 64-year-old woman and her 31-year-old daughter had tested positive after having been in contact with a Japanese citizen who lived in Malaysia and had tested positive after returning from a trip to Indonesia.

Widodo said an Indonesian medical team had tracked the movements of the Japanese before discovering the cases.

After the checks, they were sick. This morning I received a report that the mother and daughter tested positive for coronavirus, said Widodo, who said they were being treated at the Sulianti Saroso infectious diseases hospital in Jakarta.

Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto told reporters that the Japanese visitor was a friend of the family of the two women and had visited his home. He said they were checking who else the Japanese visitor could have come into contact with. Confirmation of the first cases of coronavirus occurred after authorities defended their detection processes, and some medical experts expressed concern about the lack of surveillance and the risk of cases not detected in the Southeast Asian country of more than 260 millions of people.