The Japanese government has arranged a special flight to evacuate their citizens in Indonesia following the surge of Covid-19 cases here.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said it (the flight) was prepared as a precautionary measure.
“In order to protect Japanese citizens, we have decided to take action, so that Japanese people who wish to return can return to Japan as soon as possible, and as many people as possible,” Katsunobu Kato said on Tuesday (13/7) as quoted by Nikkei Asia.
Kato said several Japanese citizens in Indonesia would return home on Wednesday (14/7) on a special flight by a Japanese airline, supported by the government.
“After that, we plan to make similar efforts in response to requests from Japanese citizens,” he said.
On Tuesday (13/7), Indonesia once again recorded a record for new cases of the coronavirus with 47,899.
Since the first case was announced by President Jokowi on March 2, 2020, 2,615,529 cases of exposure to the coronavirus have been recorded in Indonesia.
Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin previously stated that the number of cases was expected to soar due to increased testing.
Early in July, Japanese media reported that five of its citizens living in Indonesia had died from Covid-19 infection during the previous ten days.
According to a report by the NHK news agency, the five Japanese citizens died between June 26 and July 5. These long-term residents of Indonesia were representatives of Japanese companies in Indonesia, with some in their 40’s.
According Japanese Embassy records, since December 2020, the number of Japanese citizens living in Indonesia and dying from Covid-19 has now reached ten people.
To date there has been no official statement from the Indonesian government.