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Indonesia to receive 50,000 COVID-19 PCR test kits from South Korea

  • Tri Indah Oktavianti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, April 5, 2020   /   03:25 pm
Indonesia to receive 50,000 COVID-19 PCR test kits from South Korea A United States Navy researcher loads a sample into PCR testing machine to test for COVID-19 at the Naval Medical Research Center's mobile laboratory aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier on March 19. (AFP/Kaylianna GENIER / Navy Office of Information )

Some 50,000 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test kits from South Korea are expected to arrive at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on Sunday afternoon, the Indonesian Embassy in Seoul has said. 

The embassy announced on Sunday that the PCR diagnostic kits had been donated by four companies under South Korea's LG group, namely LG Electronics, LG Chem, LG Innotek and LG International Indonesia.

The kits were sent from Seoul on Garuda Indonesia flight GA879 directly to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Greater Jakarta.

The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) expressed gratitude for the LG group donation.

"Here we can see that LG is not only an investor but also Indonesia's best friend. We certainly hope that the current solid ties between the two countries will become stronger," BKPM spokesperson, Tina Talisa said in a written statement on Tuesday.

Experts consider PCR tests the “gold standard” of COVID-19 testing. Rapid tests, though faster, are less accurate.

According to the Health Ministry, only 9,712 people nationwide had undergone PCR testing as of Saturday. Of those tested, 2,092 have tested positive, while 7,620 have tested negative.