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Jakarta Post

Graft and pandemic travel

Passengers approach the rapid test area at Terminal 3 of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on July 29. Those who want to fly on domestic flights are required to show a rapid test results valid for 14 days. The airport provides a one-stop service for rapid tests that cost Rp 145,000 (US$9.9). JP/Dhoni Setiawan(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)
Editorial board
Jakarta   ●   Wed, May 5 2021

The pandemic battle is likely to continue as other, potentially more contagious strains of the virus enter the country.

GISAID, a database of genetic data on influenza viruses, reported that Indonesia had detected one case each of B16172 and B16173, which are related to the B1617 variant first detected in India but have slightly different mutations.

Indonesia also recently reported a case of the B1351 variant, which was first detected in South Africa, and three new cases of B117, a variant first detected in the United Kingdom, making for a total of 13 UK variant cases.

While Indonesia has not seen a rapid escalation of cases and deaths as India has, we have good reason to worry about the government’s low standards of testing and quarantine at many of the country’s entry points.

A number of quarantine breaches by foreign visitors at S...

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