MANILA – Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia Lee Hiong Tan Wee said no Filipino has so far been diagnosed with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the country.
“As of now, walang cases (no cases),” Lee said in a Laging Handa briefing on Thursday.
He said the embassy remains in touch with the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Health to closely monitor the welfare of Filipinos there.
Most overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Indonesia are professionals and despite the restricted movement to contain the spread of Covid-19, job losses among them are “not too many,” Lee said.
“The only thing is that the movement here is restricted and some OFWs are having a difficult time going back to the Philippines due to (lack of flights),” he said in Filipino.
Without citing specific numbers, Lee said there were also Filipino tourists stranded in the country and are currently being assisted by the embassy.
Indonesia has 14,749 confirmed Covid-19 infections with 1,007 deaths as of May 13, data from the World Health Organization shows. (ia/PNA)