"Based on the latest data from the Indonesian Embassy in New Delhi, 27 Indonesian members of the jamaah tabligh have contracted the COVID-19 infection and 17 of them are still receiving medical treatment and 10 others have recovered," Director of the Indonesian Citizens and Legal Entities Protection at the Indonesian Foreign Ministry Judha Nugraha said in a press conference in Jakarta on Thursday.
He said the 17 Indonesians treated in India are in stable health.
More than 984 Indonesian members of the jamaah tabligh are currently staying in nine countries including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Nepal.
"We have difficulties (registering the members of the jamaah tabligh) since they did not report to our missions. So we have made every effort to contact them and coordinated with their head office in Kebon Jeruk (Jakarta) to register them," he said.
The Indonesian government also has received a report of 161 Indonesian members of the jamaah tabligh being in Bangladesh. "Of the total, 140 are staying at mosques in Dhaka amd 20 others are staying outside Dhaka,: he said.
He said 13 Indonesian members of the jamaah tabligh are staying in Kathmandu, Nepal. "They all are healthy and safe. Yesterday they underwent a COVID-19 test and we are waiting for the result," he said.
The number of Indonesian members of the jamaah tabligh in Pakistan and the Philippines reaches 77 and 30 respectively, he added.
"As many as 19 of the Indonesian members of the jamaah tabligh in the Philippines are staying at Golden Mosque Metro Manila and the rest in and around Davao," he said.
Both the Philippines and India have imposed a lockdown policy to curb the spread of coronavirus outbreak.
The Indonesian government on March 17, 2020 called on all Indonesians abroad to return home or face the risk of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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