SINGAPORE – A Republic of Singapore naval vessel departed for Tanjung Priok in Indonesia on Sunday morning (July 11), carrying oxygen to supplement the country’s fight against Covid-19.
Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean said in a Facebook post that the ship was carrying two tanks with 40 tons of liquid oxygen, 500 cylinders of oxygen and 570 oxygen concentrators.
The delivery came after phone calls between Indonesia’s coordinating minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Pandjaitan – who is coordinating the country’s Covid-19 response – and Mr Teo, the latter said in his position.
“I assured him that Singapore will do our utmost and work together to overcome this pandemic together,” Teo said.
Sunday’s oxygen shipment to Indonesia follows the shipment of two planeloads of medical supplies from Singapore to Indonesia. These include ventilators, masks, gloves and jackets.
Singapore’s government sent emergency oxygen supplies and equipment in response to Indonesia’s request, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a statement on Sunday.
“As Indonesia’s closest neighbor and partner, Singapore will continue to work closely with Indonesia to support their efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic,” the MFA spokesperson said.
Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, who was at Paya Lebar air base last Friday morning to chair a medical supplies handover ceremony, said Singaporeans stand in solidarity with Indonesia in its fight against the pandemic.
Singapore tightened border measures for travelers from Indonesia on Saturday, following a spike in Covid-19 cases there.
The Ministry of Health said approvals for travelers from Indonesia who are not citizens or permanent residents of Singapore will be reduced with immediate effect.
Indonesia reported 35,094 cases of Covid-19 and 826 deaths on Saturday, bringing the total to more than 2.49 million cases and 65,457 deaths so far.
Indonesian authorities last Friday extended Covid-19 restrictions to 15 new sites in the archipelago in an effort to avert the crisis on the island of Java, where hospitals are pushed to their limits, oxygen supply is low and four of the five The designated Covid-19 cemeteries in the capital Jakarta are almost full.