Indian Citizen Enters Indonesia, Expert: Why Does It Take So Long To Take Action?, JAKARTA- University of Indonesia professor, Professor Zubairi Djoerban, questioned the Indonesian government’s lack of an entry ban for travelers from India amid the surge in Covid-19 cases in the country.

He expressed this via his Twitter account @ProfesorZubairi, Friday (23.04.2021) 10:47 WIB. Even though, The chairman of the Covid-19 Task Force for the IDI Board (PB IDI’s Covid-19 Task Force) said a number of other countries such as the UK and Singapore have put strict restrictions on immigrants from India in place.

According to him, Indonesia should have a similar policy by banning travelers from abroad. In addition, Indonesia has limited freedom of movement within the country with a homecoming policy.

“Why did it take so long to act? The UK, Singapore and several countries have banned Indian travelers from entering the country. Indonesia has already banned its citizens from going home. Yes, it should also ban or restrict free roaming for outside travelers “he wrote on Twitter.

As previously reported, Soekarno-Hatta Airport Head of Class 1 Immigration, Romi Yudianto, confirmed that the arrival of 117 Indian nationals at Soekarno-Hatta Airport has been closely monitored and inspected.

“Regarding immigration documents, they have KITAS / ITAS (Limited Stay Permit Card) and KITAP / ITAP (Permanent Stay Permit Card),” said Romi, quoted by dai, Friday (April 23rd, 2021).

Romi’s statement was in response to the viral arrival of hundreds of Indian citizens through Soekarno-Hatta Airport as the country had been hit by the “Covid-19 tsunami” in the past two months. In addition, India is known to be fighting the mutation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus variant B1617, which contains a double mutation.

Romi said there were 117 Indians, not 135 people widely reported on the evening of the 21. They boarded the AirAsia XZ988 plane. The aircraft carried 127 passengers and crew, 117 of whom were Indian nationals.

As for, Professor Zubairi Djoerban had also previously revealed that the surge in the spread of the coronavirus or Covid-19 in India should be a warning to Indonesia.

He reminded the public not to be indifferent in handling efforts Covid-19. He stressed that health protocols still need to be enforced.

“This surge in India should serve as a warning to us. Do not be indifferent to Covid-19, “he wrote on Twitter.

The expert in internal medicine assesses the current situation in India as very worrying. The reason, he said, there are more than 300,000 Covid-19 cases in one day in the country.

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