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Breathalyzer tests offer hope for domestic tourism

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GeNose, a COVID-19 detecting machine developed by Gadjah Mada University (UGM) research team, is seen in this undated photo file provided by UGM's public relations department. The machine received approval Health Ministry for distribution on Dec. 24, 2020.(Kompas.com/Yustinus Wijaya Kusuma)
Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman
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Jakarta   ●   Wed, April 14, 2021

The government is seeking to facilitate more passenger travel by using a diagnostics tool for COVID-19 at airports and other transport hubs, which, despite a lack of peer-reviewed data on its effectiveness, offers cheaper health screening that is expected to spur traffic.

GeNose, a coronavirus breathalyzer invented by Gadjah Mada University (UGM) researchers, has been in use at airports around the country since the start of this month.

As of Friday, the tests have been on offer at five major airports: I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport in South Sumatra, Husein Sastranegara International Airport in West Java, Yogyakarta International Airport and Juanda International Airport in East Java.

The reason for its swift rollout, despite some reservations from its deve...

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