Marsudi confirms 103,774 abroad-returned Indonesians as of May 27

Marsudi confirms 103,774 abroad-returned Indonesians as of May 27

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi during a virtual press conference to announce the latest developments in the handling of the COVID-19 outbreak in Jakarta on April 30, 2020). ANTARA/Yashinta Difa

Some 103,774 Indonesian citizens have returned to the country. The number rose 4,676 compared to a week earlier.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Some 103,774 Indonesians have returned from abroad in the wake of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, according to Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.

"Some 103,774 Indonesian citizens have returned to the country. The number rose by 4,676 as compared to a week earlier," she noted during a press conference in Jakarta on Thursday.

As of May 27, 2020, a total of 79,046 Indonesians returned from Malaysia, up 2,510 from that recorded a week earlier, the minister remarked.

Meanwhile, 8,256 Indonesian crew members of foreign-registered ships returned from 23 nations via Jakarta and Bali, increasing by 1,302 from the previous week, she pointed out.

Marsudi stated that the number of Indonesians returning from 33 countries apart from crew members of foreign-registered ships and those from Malaysia rose by 864 to reach 6,472 as compared to the week ago.

The government will continue to extend humanitarian assistance to Indonesian citizens impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic abroad, she revealed.

During the period from March 16 to May 27, 2020, the Indonesian government distributed 266,388 packages of basic necessities among Indonesians abroad through the Indonesian embassies and diaspora communities.

The Indonesians lived in the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, the United States, and Africa.
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