Jakarta – A building within the House of Representatives compound in Central Jakarta has been on lockdown since Monday after at least 41 House lawmakers and staff members tested positive for COVID-19.
The Nusantara 1 building, which houses both personal offices and meeting rooms of House members from all party factions, would be closed until the end of the recess period on Nov. 8, House of Representatives secretary-general Indra Iskandar said.
"After the sitting period ended, we closed [the building] starting Monday. Every Monday we will also spray [disinfectant] to sterilize [the complex]," said Indra recently as quoted by Kompas TV. Those who contracted the disease had gone into self isolation, he added.
Previously, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan had also asked that the House of Representatives complex be closed after dozens tested positive for the coronavirus.
"If a positive [COVID-19] case is found somewhere, then activities there must be stopped for three days," Anies said, "However, the entire complex does not need to be closed, only buildings in which positive cases were found."
The Health Ministry announced 3,267 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 336,716.
As of Monday, 41 people working at the House complex were reported to have been infected by the coronavirus, 19 of whom were House members, though the list of names had yet to be publicly disclosed. (ami)