20 Indonesians in Singapore recover from COVID-19

20 Indonesians in Singapore recover from COVID-19

The Indonesian Embassy in Singapore. (ANTARA/HO/Dok KBRI Singapura)

Batam, Riau Islands (ANTARA) - Twenty of the 47 Indonesians who tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Singapore have recovered completely and have been discharged from hospital, according to the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore.

"Two of the 27 remaining Indonesian patients passed away, and 25 others are still hospitalized," the embassy revealed in a press statement received here on Monday.

All Indonesian citizens staying in Singapore have been ordered to remain cautious and follow the Singaporean Government's COVID-19 protocols and circuit-breaker measures, imposed since April 7 to break the chain of the coronavirus outbreak in the city state.

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As part of the circuit-breaker measures, the Singaporean authorities have ceased all social and public activities and closed workplaces, except those providing essential services, including supermarkets, take-away restaurants, and global supply chain services.

The city state has directed citizens and residents to wear face masks while venturing outside, and those violating the mandatory order face a fine of 300 Singapore dollars or more.

Singapore is among the Southeast Asian countries currently battling the coronavirus, which initially struck the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019. Since then, it has spread to at least 202 countries and territories with a massive spurt in death toll.

According to Singapore's Ministry of Health, as of 12 p.m. local time on 20 April, 2020, the city state has preliminarily confirmed an additional 1,426 COVID-19 infections.

The majority of the patients are Work Permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories. Sixteen patients are Singaporeans/ Permanent Residents. "We are still working through the details of the cases," the ministry revealed on its official website.

Indonesia reported its first confirmed cases on March 2, 2020. With COVID-19 infections spreading to all 34 provinces in the archipelagic country, President Joko Widodo has declared the coronavirus outbreak a national disaster.

As of April 19, 2020, Indonesia has recorded 6,575 confirmed COVID-19 cases. While the death toll from the virus had touched 582, as many as 686 patients have been discharged from hospitals post recovery.

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