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After 14-Day Quarantine, 238 Indonesians From Wuhan Finally Come Home

238 Indonesian citizens evacuated from Wuhan are free to go home after ensuring they are not infected with the coronavirus.

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After 14-Day Quarantine, 238 Indonesians From Wuhan Finally Come Home

Family members of Indonesian citizens who were quarantined in Natuna hold placards as their relatives arrive in Jakarta.

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After 14-Day Quarantine, 238 Indonesians From Wuhan Finally Come Home

A notice board containing coronavirus prevention recommendations was installed at the airport.

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After 14-Day Quarantine, 238 Indonesians From Wuhan Finally Come Home

Reporters wear masks while preparing to cover the arrival of Indonesian citizens who were quarantined in Natuna, with the Indonesian president’s portrait in the background.

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After 14-Day Quarantine, 238 Indonesians From Wuhan Finally Come Home

A girl shows a video of her relative, who is preparing to depart from Natuna.

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After 14-Day Quarantine, 238 Indonesians From Wuhan Finally Come Home

A C-130 Hercules of the Indonesian Air Force carrying Indonesian citizens who were quarantined in Natuna lands in Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport, Jakarta.

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After 14-Day Quarantine, 238 Indonesians From Wuhan Finally Come Home

A security officer wearing a mask stands guard at the arrival gate.

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After 14-Day Quarantine, 238 Indonesians From Wuhan Finally Come Home

Indonesian citizens rejoice upon arriving at Jakarta. They had been under quarantine in Natuna for two weeks after being evacuated from Wuhan, China.

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After 14-Day Quarantine, 238 Indonesians From Wuhan Finally Come Home

Indonesian citizens who had been under quarantine in Natuna continue their journeys to their hometowns.

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After 14-Day Quarantine, 238 Indonesians From Wuhan Finally Come Home

Indonesian citizens who have under quarantine in Natuna prepare their belongings to continue their journeys.

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After 14-Day Quarantine, 238 Indonesians From Wuhan Finally Come Home

A boy who had been under quarantine at Natuna is still wearing a mask when he arrives in Jakarta.

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After 14-Day Quarantine, 238 Indonesians From Wuhan Finally Come Home

Indonesian Minister of Health Terawan walks towards the site of a press conference.

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A total of 238 Indonesian citizens who were evacuated from Wuhan, China before undergoing observations in Natuna, Riau Islands were finally declared free from the coronavirus.

The group, consisting of 158 women and 80 men, was evacuated from Wuhan on February 2. The youngest of them is 5 years old; the oldest is 64. All 238 have been under quarantine and observation for 14 days at the Raden Sajad Air Base, Ranai, Natuna, Riau Islands.

On Saturday, February 15, they were transported to Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport, Jakarta. Using three aircraft, namely two Boeing 737s and one Lockheed C-130 Hercules of the Indonesian Air Force, they arrived in Indonesia’s capital in the afternoon. Some of them immediately continued their journey to their hometowns in various regions using commercial aircraft.

As proof of their health, the Ministry of Health has provided each person with a health certificate stating they are healthy, without the coronavirus or COVID-19.

“We also complemented the health certificate from the results of monitoring during the observation,” said Minister of Health Terawan at Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport.

Agoes Rudianto is a Jakarta-based independent photographer.