Indonesia finds new COVID-19 cluster after cargo ship infections – fr

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Indonesia finds new COVID-19 cluster after cargo ship infections – fr


FILE PHOTO: Passengers sit at the train station waiting to return to their hometowns ahead of the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, an activity known locally as ‘mudik’, amid the coronavirus pandemic ( COVID-19), in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 5, 2021. REUTERS / Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia has reported a new cluster of 42 coronavirus infections among medical workers who treated 13 Filipino ship crew sick with COVID-19, and traced dozens more, said Sunday a government official.

About 140 other medical workers came into close contact with the crew of the Panamanian-flagged freighter Hilma Bulker, which tested positive for the novel coronavirus after docking in Central Java on April 25, the governor told Reuters. of the province, Ganjar Pranowo. The ship had come from India.

Genome sequencing showed that the crew identified the highly infectious B.1617.2 variant for the first time in India, Ganjar said, adding that one of them later died in hospital.

“At the moment, we are actively looking for their nurses. Hundreds had had direct contact, close contact and 42 had tested positive, ”Ganjar said by phone.

With more than 1.7 million confirmed cases and 49,000 deaths, Indonesia is the worst-affected country in Southeast Asia.

The COVID-19 crisis is not as severe as the one seen in India, but some health experts are concerned about mass gatherings during this month’s Eid al-Fitr celebrations and variants of virus could trigger an outbreak of new cases in the world’s fourth most populous country.

Last month, Indonesia stopped issuing visas to foreigners who had recently visited India.

Ganjar said all other crew members of the Hilma Bulker self-quarantined on the ship, and 49 Indonesian officials who oversaw the unloading of the ship all tested negative for the virus.

The ship had delivered refined sugar from India, Ganjar said. He left Indonesia this month for the Philippine capital, Manila, according to Refinitiv Eikon ship tracker.

Reporting by Tabita Diela; Written by Gayatri Suroyo; Edited by William Mallard

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