Indonesia to disburse 6.1 million USD to protect citizens abroad hinh anh 1Indonesian construction workers from East Java affected by Malaysia's movement restrictions gather in their rented house in Kuala Lumpur on March 27. (Photo: Antara)

Jakarta (VNA)
- The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will allocate 100 billion Rp (some 6.1 million USD) from its 2020 budget for the protection of Indonesian citizens living abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ministry’s proposal to reallocate its 8.6 trillion Rp budget was approved by the House of Representatives on April 7.

During a virtual working meeting on April 7 with House Commission I, which oversees foreign affairs, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mayerfas said the reallocated budget will be used to fulfill the needs of about 49 Indonesian missions abroad and to ensure the wellbeing of Indonesian citizens affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of April 7, the ministry recorded that 302 Indonesians had tested positive for COVID-19 abroad, resulting in eight fatalities. Meanwhile, 37 citizens have recovered from the disease./.