According to the Washington Post, Trump and members of his administration have contradicted other Trump officials at least 14 times on various parts of the coronavirus response over the past 30 days.
The ship’s parent company reiterated on Monday (March 9) that there is “no one infected with the disease on the ship”. Despite this, a host of precautionary measures are being taken before paasengers can disembark the ship.
Pharmacies and retail stores in a number of areas in Jakarta also claimed to run out of stock of mouth masks, hand sanitizers , and wet tissues.
As countries scramble to contain the Coronavirus, health experts have warned that the United States remains woefully unprepared for an outbreak.
Previously, Indonesia’s claim of being virus-free had raised several eyebrows as doubts persisted over the country’s effectiveness in monitoring and testing suspected cases.
“How can they expect normal citizens to contribute to eliminating the potential risk of person-to-person spread if hospitals are waiting to charge us $3,270 for a simple blood test and a nasal swab?”
This, he said, would teach people to buy responsibly, and prevent people from hoarding first only to return items later on.
Deputy Health Minister, Iraj Harirchi, on Monday (Feb 24) denied covering up the scale of the outbreak. He appeared in physical discomfort as he spoke to reporters.
Another nurse who happened to be on the same bus tried to defend her but was also forced to alight.