The protection of citizens is now a central concern of the Indonesian Embassy in Paris, the French government having extended its confinement rules until next month to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The national lockdown to limit the mobility of people, in place since last month, has been extended until May 11 as France seeks to build on the progress it has made to slow the spread. of the virus.
Indonesian Ambassador to France Arrmanatha Nasir said Tuesday that protecting Indonesian citizens has been at the heart of the mission since the start of the COVID-19 epidemic in the country.
He said the Indonesian embassy in Paris continued to operate even when other foreign missions had closed their offices because it wanted to make sure that Indonesians in France received all the assistance they needed.
“According to the instructions of the Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs [Retno LP Marsudi], protecting citizens in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and France’s containment policy has been the main objective of Indonesian diplomats in Paris, “said Arrmanatha in a statement released on Tuesday.
The embassy has intensified its coordination and communication with the Indonesian diaspora through multiple channels, such as Indonesian communities and the Association of Indonesian Students (PPI) in France.
Arrmanatha said he leads coordination every day through various mechanisms, in addition to providing updates on COVID-19.
“The embassy’s hotline, website and social media are fully used. We have also intensified our communication by using video conferencing platforms to monitor their condition and respond to their needs, ”said Arrmanatha.
The embassy – in collaboration with the PPI – has delivered personal protective equipment to those in need amid a shortage of such equipment in Paris. He also tried to get this equipment outside of France.
The envoys also intensified their coordination with other groups of Indonesians, in particular the elderly and other vulnerable citizens.
The embassy has so far helped 151 Indonesian crew members to return home after the cruise ships they worked on ceased operations in France, the statement said.
On Tuesday, France reported 137,877 cases of coronavirus with 14,967 deaths, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University.
The Indonesian embassy said that France’s containment rules had improved the situation. Although the number of confirmed cases continues to increase, the growth rate has slowed.
Indonesia has not reported any deaths of citizens in France. According to the embassy, Indonesians who tested positive in France are currently in good condition, and some are starting self-quarantine and individual treatment.
At least 373 Indonesians have tested positive abroad, with 15 cases ending in death, according to data from the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.
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