JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN): The government transported 188 Indonesian nationals working as crew members aboard the World Dream cruise ship to the relatively uninhabited Sebaru Island, part of Jakarta, on Wednesday (Feb 26) for quarantine amid coronavirus concerns.
Indonesian Navy First Fleet Maritime Security Task Force commander Cdre. Yayan Sofyan said the transfer of the crew members to the Dr Soeharso naval hospital ship went according to plan.
“The transfer has been completed. It went well, ” Yayan told The Jakarta Post.
The transfer was made under the supervision of the First Fleet Maritime Security Task Force in the Durian Strait near Karimun regency, Riau Islands.
Yayan said the hospital ship was escorted by a number of naval ships.
The World Dream cruise ship suspended its operations after docking in Hong Kong earlier this month. It spent days in quarantine at the Kai Tak Cruise terminal after three Chinese nationals who had been aboard the ship between Jan 19 and 24 tested positive for the virus, Reuters reported.
The ship’s 1,800 passengers disembarked in Hong Kong on Feb 9, leaving 1,814 crew members onboard, according to World Dream’s operator Dream Cruises. - The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network