An Indonesian health officer stands next to a thermal scanner for passengers at Lombok International Airport on Jan. 26 amid a deadly virus outbreak that began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. (Photo: Moh el Sasaky/AFP)
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has ordered the immediate evacuation of Indonesian citizens from China’s Hubei province as the deadly coronavirus outbreak continues to spread.The order came after a special meeting to discuss the issue with the foreign and health ministers on Jan. 30. There are believed to be 243 Indonesians in the Chinese province. "The president has ordered that they be evacuated from Hubei province immediately," Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told reporters after the meeting.In a press statement shortly afterward, Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said preparations were being finalized to gather the people from seven locations in Hubei before sending a plane to pick them up at Wuhan airport."This is necessary so that the evacuation can take place quickly and smoothly," he said.