Jakarta provides 31,000 antigen test kits for Eid returning travelers

Jakarta provides 31,000 antigen test kits for Eid returning travelers

Chief of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Inspector General Fadil Imran accompanied by Traffic Director of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Senior Commissioner Sambodo Purnomo Yogo met a resident receiving an antigen swab test in the border area in Bekasi district, West Java, on Sunday (May 16, 2021). ANTARA/HO-The Traffic Directorate of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police

In the next seven days we will need some 31,000 antigen swab test kits
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Jakarta Metropolitan Police will provide 31,000 antigen swab test kits at checkpoints for residents of Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi (Jabodetabek) who have just arrived from their hometowns to celebrate Eid al-Fitr festivity.

"In the next seven days we will need some 31,000 antigen swab test kits," Chief of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Inspector General Fadil Imran said here on Sunday.

Fadil said the police need another 17,000 antigen swab test kits that will be provided by the Jakarta provincial government.

An integrated team of healthcare workers will conduct antigen tests at random on residents who return to Jabodetabek after celebrating Eid al-Fitr festivity in their hometowns, he said.

He appealed to residents who will return to Jabodetabek to possess COVID-19-free certificates. In addition, they must also show negative results of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab tests while arriving at the checkpoints.

The Traffic Directorate of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police has set up 12 checkpoints to check the COVID-19-free certificates of Eid al-Fitr travellers returning to Jakarta.

Traffic Director of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Senior Commissioner Sambodo Purnomo Yogo said here on Saturday the police will check the COVID-19-free certificates and the results of rapid-COVID-19 antigen tests at random.

If the travelers returning to Jakarta do not possess COVID-19-free certificates, they will be required to undergo antigen swab tests at the checkpoints.

"If they are found reactive (to the COVID-19) we will check and take them to Wisma Atlet (COVID-19 Emergency Hospital) to undergo polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. They will be isolated while waiting for the results of PCR tests," he said.

To break the chain of transmission of COVID-19, which has impacted the purchasing power of scores of families in Indonesia, the government banned homebound travel, or "mudik," ahead of this year's Eid al-Fitr holiday season akin to last year.

The 12 checkpoints were set up at
1. parking lot in KM 34B of Jakarta-Cikampek toll road.
2. Kalideres bus terminal.
3. Pulogebang bus terminal.
4. Kebon Nanas, Tangerang City .
5. Jatiuwung, Tangerang City.
6. Transportation Office in Batuceper, Tangerang City.
7. Rengas-Lemahabang highway, Bekasi District.
8. Sasak Jarang Post, Bekasi City.
9. Tomyang Post, Bekasi City.
10. Parung, Ciputat, Bojongsari, Depok highway.
11.Bogor Highway at the gas station in Cilangkap, East Jakarta.
12. Gatot Subroto Road, Bitung, South Tangerang.

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