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Breaking News: COVID-19 Has Arrived in Indonesia

Indonesian President Confirms First Two Official Cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia

Indonesian President Joko Widodo formally confirmed on Monday morning, March 2, 2020, that two cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Indonesia affecting a 64-year-old woman and her 31-year-old daughter.

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, President Joko Widodo confirmed Indonesia's first COVID-19 cases while speaking to the press at the State Palace in Jakarta, accompanied by the Minister of Health Terawan Agus Putranto, State Secretary Pratikno, and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung.

Health officials report that the two women were infected during the visit to their home of a Japanese national infected with COVID-19.

The two cases of COVID-19 were racked down by health investigators after receiving a report confirming the virus had infected a Japanese visiting Malaysia who had just completed a visit to Indonesia. Retracing the man's steps while in Indonesia led health investigators to the home of the two women now confirmed to infected with the virus.

While the President did not reveal further information on the two infected Indonesians or their actual place of residence, he did remind the public not to panic, stating more than 100 hospitals in Indonesia were fully equipped and ready to handle any new confirmed case of novel coronavirus.

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