COVID-19 claims life of Lampung fuel truck driver: task force

COVID-19 claims life of Lampung fuel truck driver: task force

A fuel truck driver in Bandarlampung, the capital of Lampung Province, passed away from the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Sunday (May 24, 2020) and the body of the deceased was buried at a public cemetery in the Panjang Sub-district area. (ANTARA/Dian Hadiyatna/HO)

Bandarlampung (ANTARA) - A fuel truck driver in Bandarlampung, the capital of Lampung Province, died of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Sunday and was buried at a public cemetery in Panjang Sub-district, a local government official stated.

The driver, a resident of Bandarlampung City, was the 85th confirmed case of COVID-19, Ahmad Nurizki, spokesman of the Bandarlampung city administration's COVID-19 Task Force, informed ANTARA here on Monday.

The burial of this COVID-19 patient went unhindered in the event of no complaints from the local residents living in proximity to the public cemetery area, he pointed out.

To stave off the spread of COVID-19 among relatives and friends of the deceased driver, the city's COVID-19 Task Force had traced all those having come in physical contact with him, he remarked.

The related authorities found that two relatives of the deceased had tested positive for the deadly virus, and they were currently conducting self-quarantine, he revealed.

As of Sunday, the Lampung provincial health office recorded that 109 residents were diagnosed with COVID-19 of which 38 had fully recovered, while seven died of the virus, and 64 others were still hospitalized.

Indonesia and several other nations across the globe have been battling the spread of COVID-19 over the past few months. The Indonesian government had officially announced the country's first two confirmed COVID-19 cases on March 2.

This deadly coronavirus surfaced in Wuhan in the end of December 2019 but owing to China's lack of transparency and goodwill to tell the truth of human-to-human transmissions from the start has resulted in its global spread.

The Government of the United States, where several of its citizens succumbed to the COVID-19 disease, has alleged the Chinese Government of having "intentionally concealed the severity of the coronavirus from the international community," according to CNN on May 4, 2020.

Washington argued that "China likely cut its exports of medical supplies prior to its January WHO (World Health Organization) notification that COVID-19 is a contagion", according to a Department of Homeland Security report that CNN quoted on May 4.

Indonesia has witnessed several doctors and nurses on the frontlines in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic dying of the disease.

This ongoing coronavirus pandemic has also severely affected Indonesia's tourism industry owing to the enforcement of large-scale social distancing measures and travel restrictions as well as border closure that has significantly reduced foreign tourist arrivals.

Consequently, business players in the tourism sector, such as hotels, restaurants, creative industries, and informal businesses, have sent several of their workers home. In West Java Province alone, at least 48,289 workers were sent home.

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