Indonesia confirms first cases of coronavirus, link to Japanese visitor

JAKARTA: Two Indonesians tested positive after coming in contact with an infected Japanese citizen, President Joko Widodo said Monday, marking the first confirmed cases in the fourth most populous country in the world.

The discovery comes after some medical experts have expressed concern about the lack of surveillance and the risk of cases not detected in the Southeast Asian country of more than 260 million people, while the authorities have defended the detection processes .

Indonesia's main stock index eliminated previous earnings to fall 1.7 percent after the announcement. The extended rupee currency fell against the dollar to quote 0.6% at its weakest point since May 2019.

A 64-year-old daughter and her 31-year-old daughter became infected after contact with a Japanese visitor who lived in Malaysia and had tested positive after returning from a trip to Indonesia Widodo told reporters in the presidential palace.

This morning I received a report that the mother and daughter tested positive for coronavirus, he said. The couple was being treated at the Sulianti Saroso infectious diseases hospital in Jakarta.

The government is serious in dealing with cases when preparing more than 100 hospitals equipped with isolation rooms and tools that meet international standards, Widodo said on Twitter.

The Japanese citizen was a friend of the family of the two women and had visited his home in Depok, outside Jakarta, Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto told reporters. The authorities were checking with whom else could have come into contact.

The daughter and the Japanese woman went to dance at a place in Jakarta on February 14, Putranto said. The Japanese citizen informed the daughter on February 28 that she had been infected.

Two other people sharing the house with the infected Indonesia ns had not shown symptoms of coronavirus, I added.

Putranto reiterated that Indonesia was following World Health Organization rules on testing for the virus.

Indonesia n officials urged investors to remain calm and unveiled new measures on Monday to stabilize its financial markets and support growth in Southeast Asia The largest economy, even through market intervention and the reduction of reserve requirements.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said he had established a response team to help deal with the situation in the capital and urged residents not to participate in the purchase of panic.

Tutum Rahanta of the Indonesia n retailers association said some residents in the capital had rushed to purchase basic needs such as instant noodles after the president's announcement.