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Poor COVID-19 testing throws travel corridor, labor plans up in air

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, December 23, 2020   /  02:43 pm
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Two prospective Indonesian migrant workers undergo a training program to become caretakers in Taiwan, ranging from helping the elderly exercise to Mandarin classes.(Two Islands Digital/-)

The growing number of active COVID-19 cases coupled with Indonesia’s poor testing and tracing capacity has raised questions about the prospect of restarting cooperation with global partners, especially on so-called travel corridors and migrant labor arrangements. Last week, Taiwanese authorities extended a ban on Indonesian migrant workers coming to the island, citing a surge in the number of infections among arrivals and lacking cooperation from the Indonesian side. The Taipei Economic and Trade Office (TETO) in Jakarta revealed that Taiwan had recorded a total of 226 imported COVID-19 cases between Oct. 16 and Dec. 17. From this figure, 127 positive cases were found in Indonesian migrant workers, making up more than 50 percent of all cases, more than any other country of origin. Of these Indonesian arrivals, 76 were carrying negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) te...