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Coronavirus: From Jokowi's comic strips to quarantine islands

A worker spraying disinfectant on passengers' baggage at the international arrivals terminal of Soekarno-Hatta Airport near Jakarta, amid the coronavirus outbreak, last Thursday.
A worker spraying disinfectant on passengers' baggage at the international arrivals terminal of Soekarno-Hatta Airport near Jakarta, amid the coronavirus outbreak, last Thursday.PHOTO: REUTERS

After nearly two months of claiming to be coronavirus-free, Indonesia finally confirmed its first two cases on March 2. In the space of a fortnight since then, it has recorded a total of 96 positive infections and five deaths.

There were also reports of foreigners getting infected while visiting the country and Indonesian nationals who tested positive abroad.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 15, 2020, with the headline 'From Jokowi's comic strips to quarantine islands'. Print Edition | Subscribe