Bogor, W Java (ANTARA) - The Bogor City Administration registered journalists attending the press briefing of Bogor Mayor Bima Arya Sugiarto, following his return from an official trip to Turkey and Azerbaijan on March 16, to facilitate their medical checkup.

The medical examination was deemed necessary after the city mayor had tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Dian Lesmana, head of the city government's audio-visual subdivision, had registered the participating journalists.

At the press conference held at his residence, Sugiarto informed journalists of his programs during his weeklong trip to the two countries, Bogor City Administration’s spokesman, Rudiyana, stated in Bogor on Friday.

Rudiyana added that Sugiarto also regularly received reports on the current situation in Bogor City, including that related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Acting Head of the Bogor City Administration's Health Office Sri Nowo Retno earlier revealed that
Sugiarto had tested positive for COVID-19 for which he was being treated at the city's public hospital for 14 days since Thursday evening.

Sugiarto had obtained the result of his throat swab test on Thursday afternoon that confirmed he had contracted the virus, Retno noted in her press statement.

Sugiarto and four officials of the city government had undergone a medical checkup at the Bogor Senior Hospital on March 17 or a day after they arrived from their official trip to Turkey and Azerbaijan, she remarked.

The results of their swab tests confirmed that the city mayor and one of the four city government's officials were infected with COVID-19, Retno, concurrently spokesperson of the Bogor City Administration's COVID-19 Emergency Response, noted.

Sugiarto and his entourage had, in fact, adhered to the healthcare protocols recently issued by the central government, she pointed out, adding that the city mayor had laid full trust on the Bogor City Public Hospital’s authority for his treatment during his isolation period.

COVID-19, which initially struck in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of December 2019, has killed at least 8,778 people and infected no less than 209,839 people in 168 nations and territories worldwide, according to WHO.

In Indonesia, the virus has infected at least 309 people and killed 25, while 15 others have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. The percentage of Indonesia's death toll is the highest of those in other countries in Southeast Asia. Related news: 15 recover from COVID-19, death toll rises to 25

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