The Bali Health Agency has located three hotels where a COVID-19 patient from China, identified only as Jin, stayed during a six-day visit to Bali in late January. All three hotels were cleared of any signs of the deadly coronavirus.
According to a report by the Anhui provincial government, published on Weibo, a man identified as Jin flew from Wuhan to Denpasar on Jan. 22 on Lion Air flight JT-2618 and left the island for Shanghai on Jan. 28 on Garuda Indonesia flight GA-858.
The Huainan Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Anhui reported that Jin tested positive for COVID-19 on Feb. 5. Though its workings was hardly without faults, Indonesia’s Health Ministry suspected that Jin was infected upon his return to China.
One looming concern in Bali was the question of where Jin stayed during his visit, as there was still a small possibility that he was infected on the island and may have transmitted the coronavirus. Yesterday, after tracing Jin’s travel history, the Bali Health Agency dismissed those concerns by declaring the three hotels where he stayed, along with two family members, to be coronavirus-free.
“What is certain is that nobody [at the hotels] is carrying the virus. If [Jin] brought the virus with him, that means people in Bali would get sick. But now it’s day 26 [after his visit], and the virus’ incubation period goes up to 14 days. That means there is no virus,” Bali Health Agency Head I Ketut Suarjaya said, as quoted by CNN Indonesia.
While its neighbors, including Malaysia and Singapore, are grappling with the disease, Indonesia has yet to confirm a single COVID-19 case in the country.