Dozens of Chinese workers quarantined in Batam

Dozens of Chinese workers quarantined in Batam

A Batam City Administration officer checks the health of Chinese migrant workers employed in the city on Tuesday (Feb 11, 2020) (Dok Dinas Tenaga Kerja Batam)

"It is true they are being quarantined at their respective dormitories. They have never been in production area during their stay here."
Batam, Riau Islands (ANTARA) - Dozens of Chinese migrant workers arriving in Batam City, Riau Islands Province, early this month, are being quarantined as a precautionary measure against the transmission of coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

"It is true that they are being quarantined at their respective dormitories. They have never been in the production area during their stay here," Chief of the Batam City Manpower Office Rudi Sakyakirti noted on Tuesday.

Since Sunday, Feb 9, 2020, the Manpower Office, along with the Health Office in Batam, had traced the whereabouts of the Chinese nationals, who had recently arrived in the city.

At least 19 Chinese migrant workers are identified to have entered Batam since early February 2020 and must undergo a 14-day quarantine in line with the health protocol.

In addition to banning the Chinese migrant workers from interacting with other people and entering the production area during the quarantine period, the companies where they are employed also conducted medical checkups on their workers' body temperature every morning, he remarked.

He explained that the companies are also highly aware of the transmission of coronavirus from foreign workers.

"The companies have taken precautionary measures before we ordered them. They conduct observation on their own. Foreign workers are banned from coming in contact with other people," he stated.

During the medical inspection conducted by the Manpower Office and Health Office, all Chinese migrant workers appeared to be healthy, he noted.

Sakyakirti confirmed that none of them exhibited symptoms related to the coronavirus disease.

"All of them we looked at today are normal," he stated.

Most importantly, the Batam city administration will continue to monitor their quarantine at the companies. Related news: BI upbeat about 5.5 percent economic growth despite coronavirus threat

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