Coronavirus: A shocking footage of some student passengers being sprayed with disinfectant by Indonesia officials as they exited an airplane transporting them from China.
Currently there has been no record of the viral infection in the country, leading the officials to take such drastic measures in stopping the possible entry into Indonesia.
In a report by The Sun UK, 245 Indonesians on board faced the very real prospect of contracting the deadly disease after spending more than a week in Wuhan under a lockdown put in place by the Chinese government to contain the outbreak.
Indonesia lobbied China to allow Indonesians to leave the area and got the green light on Friday.
The Southeast Asian country also agreed to send medical supplies and equipment which currently under short supply in the province.
The evacuees arrived at Hang Nadim Airport in Batam, Riau Islands, on Sunday morning and were immediately directed to passenger planes operated by the Indonesian Air Force to be airlifted to Natuna Island for quarantine.
They disembarked one by one with long intervals in between, in which officers wearing hazmat suits checked on the passengers and sprayed them with disinfectant.
Officers then escorted the locals to a military base in Natuna equipped with hospital facilities for observation.
Coronavirus evacuees sprayed with disinfectant as they arrive at quarantine in Indonesia from Wuhan. pic.twitter.com/eDN3vK1rAs
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