'Result will be out in 2 days': Indonesia puts 2nd suspected coronavirus patient under close observation

  • Jan 25, 2020
  • The Jakarta Post

An Indonesian citizen is suspected to have the coronavirus after traveling from China. The patient, identified only as R, 35, is currently undergoing treatment at the Sulianti Saroso Infection Hospital in Jakarta.

The Health Ministry's disease prevention and monitoring director Wiendra Waworuntu confirmed that the patient was suspected to have the coronavirus.

"The patient is in good condition but is still suspected [to have the virus]. The infection can only be confirmed once the patient's lab result is positive. Since it's still suspected, we're intensively monitoring the case," he said on Thursday as reported by tribunnews.com.

The ministry’s Health Research and Development Agency (Balitbangkes) head, Siswanto, said lab examination would include comparing the patient's sputum with the genome of the new coronavirus, named 2019-nCov at the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data platform. The result would be out in two days, he said.

Indonesia has suspended all flights to and from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the virus, to prevent an outbreak in the country. The coronavirus, which bears similarities to the deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), has killed 18 people and infected hundreds of others, including in Indonesia's neighboring countries Thailand and Singapore, AFP reported. (ars)