8 Apr 2020

Two deaths in Jayapura linked to covid-19

9:02 am on 8 April 2020

Indonesian media is reporting that two people who were confirmed cases of Covid-19 have died in the West Papuan capital Jayapura in recent days.

The Antara news agency reports that a man in his mid-40s died on Tuesday in Marthen Indey hospital, having receiving treatment for several days after he earlier tested positive for the coronavirus.

A spokesman for this hospital said the patient may have been exposed to covid-19 while participating in religious activities.

Meanwhile, at the weekend in a hospital in Waena in Jayapura, Tabloid Jubi reports that a man aged 70 died after being treated for covid-19.

Papua province's covid-19 taskforce says there are currently 12 confirmed cases in Jayapura, while over a thousand people are being monitored.

The province has introduced a number of restrictions on movement for citizens and public gatherings, including religious worshipping, in a bid to prevent the spread of covid-19.

On the advice of local authorities, residents of Jayapura have been practising social distancing for the past two weeks.