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Morrison questions Indonesia’s coronavirus-free status

Pressed by host Neil Mitchell if there “are likely to be cases and they haven’t confirmed them?” Morrison stopped just short of agreeing.

“It’s a very big country with a lot of islands and it would be very difficult to give absolute assurances about those numbers,” he said.

A health official scans the body temperature of a passenger at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

A health official scans the body temperature of a passenger at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.Credit:AP

“I don’t mean that in any way disrespecting, Indonesia has a different health system to Australia and we both have different capacities to provide those assurances”.

Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto insisted again on Thursday the country was virus free – despite several suspicious deaths – and remained free because of Indonesians’ prayers.

About 1.3 million Australians visited the Indonesian island of Bali in 2019.

If the virus is present in Indonesia, that suggests significant levels of exposure for Australians is possible.

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