Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi bore witness to the departure of 23 evacuation team members at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten Province, on Friday, February 28, 2020.
“The health condition of all of our citizens working as cabin crew at the Diamond Princess has thoroughly been examined. They have tested negative for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Hence, we send an evacuation team to pick them up," she remarked.
The evacuation team members boarded a Garuda Indonesia aircraft scheduled to take off on at 4 p.m. Western Indonesia Time (WIB). It was scheduled to arrive at the Haneda International Airport at 1 a.m. local time.
Shortly after their arrival at the Haneda International Airport, they would then pick up the 68 Indonesians to be airlifted. Their aircraft would arrive in Indonesia on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at around 6 p.m. local time.
However, Marsudi steered clear from speaking about the city where the aircraft would land and disembark the evacuees.
The minister confirmed that two Indonesians had opted to stay at the Diamond Princess to continue working as the cruise ship's crew members. Thus, only 68 Indonesians will be airlifted from Japan.
The evacuation team members comprise representatives of related ministries and agencies, including the Indonesian Defence Force and National Police, Social Affairs Ministry, Transportation Ministry, and Legal and Human Rights Ministry. (Antara)