BPS projects coronavirus outbreak to dent foreign tourist arrivals

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Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi had earlier remarked that the Indonesian government would have placed a temporary ban on flights to and from Mainland China since 00.00 a.m. local time on Wednesday.

All visitors, coming from Mainland China and having lived there for 14 days, were also temporarily banned from entering or making a transit in Indonesia, she noted.

In the interim, the government has also put a stop to the visa-free policy and issuance of visa on arrival for Chinese nationals residing in Mainland China.

Indonesian nationals are urged to not travel to Mainland China.

The new coronavirus has killed at least 304 people in China, and a 44-year-old Wuhan resident, who received medical treatment in the Philippines, according to the New York Times.

Chinese authorities declared the first case of coronavirus after a person, with pneumonia, was hospitalized in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, according to an official statement of the WHO.

Over the past weeks, people, symptomatic with pneumonia and reported travel history to Wuhan, had been identified at international airports.

Apart from infecting China, several other countries, including Thailand, Australia, Singapore, the United States, Japan, and Canada, have announced their confirmed coronavirus cases.

However, none of the confirmed cases were found in Indonesia. Apart from this reality, since the issuance of an official statement by the WHO on the coronavirus outbreak in China, the Indonesian government has remained on alert.

Source: ANTARA News

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