Batam, Riau Islands (ANTARA) - As many as 224 Indonesian migrant workers are undergoing quarantine at several flats in Batam, Riau Islands Province, shortly after returning from Malaysia.

The number of quarantined migrant workers decreased as compared to 321 three weeks earlier, Chief of the Batam City Health Office Dr Didi Kusmarjadi stated on Monday.

In accordance with the health protocols, all Indonesian migrant workers that recently arrived from abroad must undergo quarantine before heading to their hometowns, Kusmarjadi remarked.

All migrant workers that tested negative for COVID-19 are undergoing quarantine in the city government-provided flats of BP Batam and Putra Jaya. The Batam City-owned flat, earlier used to quarantine migrant workers, had been vacant.

A total of 138 of the 224 migrant workers are conducting quarantine at the BP Batam flat and 85 migrant workers at the Putra Jaya flat.

All migrant workers underwent PCR swab tests twice. The first test was conducted upon arrival at the Batam Center International Port.

If they tested negative for COVID-19, then they would be quarantined or conduct self-isolation for five days.

The second swab test was conducted on the last day of quarantine. If they tested negative for COVID-19, they would be allowed to return to their hometown.

However, if they tested positive for the infection, then they require treatment at the COVID-19 hospital in Galang Island until declared fit to travel to their hometowns.

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