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Managing Director of AP II Reviewing Rapid Test Options and Corona PCR Tests at the Airport

12 May 2020

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Director of PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) Muhammad Awaluddin is studying the possibility of conducting a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for Corona virus detection in the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport area.

"If a PCR test is indeed needed in Soekarno-Hatta, it can be done at the VIP Terminal located near Terminal 3," Awaluddin was quoted as saying in a press release on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Meanwhile, the existence of the Mobile Command Post (MCP) owned Soekarno-Hatta could be used to support the course of the test. These possibilities are still being studied.

In essence, he said, all stakeholders at Soekarno-Hatta Airport always coordinate intensively and support each other so that the CTF can carry out full health protocols for Indonesian citizens and foreigners who have just arrived in Indonesia. "Soekarno-Hatta Airport is the main entrance of Indonesian citizen repatriation flights," Awaluddin said.

As the manager of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, PT Angkasa Pura II ensured the implementation of PCR maupuntes rapid tests for passengers according to the rules. So far, the handling of several Indonesian repatriation flights has been adjusted so that PCR testing of passengers can be carried out. "Like for example a citizen repatriation flight from Bangladesh that landed last Monday night, May 11, 2020.

In handling the repatriation of Indonesian citizens from Bangladesh, said Awaluddin, the plane did not move closer to the terminal, but parked at the Terminal 3 apron. "Then, the Port Health Office (KKP) boarded the plane to explain the health protocol procedures," he said.

After that, the plane's passengers descended and then conducted data collection, body temperature tests, oxygen saturation, and clustering by the KKP. "Then, all passengers boarded the bus to go directly to Pondok Gede Hajj Dormitory for a PCR inspection at the hostel. So, passengers did not enter the terminal but went straight to Pondok Gede Hajj Dormitory," Awaluddin said.

The quarantine at Pondok Gede Hajj Dormitory is in line with what was delivered by the Head of BNPB Lt. Gen. Doni Monardo on Monday, May 11, 2020. In Doni's statement it was mentioned that President Joko Widodo or Jokowi approved the Hajj Dormitory as a temporary isolation room for Indonesian citizens who had just returned to the country to later return to Indonesia. PCR supervision and testing is carried out.

The Ministry of Health has previously issued Circular Number HK.02.01 / MENKES / 313/2020 concerning Health Protocols for the Handling of Indonesian Citizens and the Arrival of Foreigners from Abroad at State Entrances and Regions in Situations of Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB).

The circular was issued on May 7, 2020 and stated that every citizen and foreigner who arrived in Indonesia had to go through a health protocol including a rapid test and / or PCR test related to Covid-19. The repatriation flights of Indonesian citizens are increasing in Soekarno-Hatta. Until now there have been around 15,000 Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMI) and ABK have arrived in the country through Soekarno-Hatta Airport by repatriation flights.

On Thursday last week, there were 11 aircraft passengers who were Indonesian ex-crew or crew members from Italy known to be positively infected by the Corona virus after passing a series of rapid tests. While from April to May 2020 there were more than 40 passengers who were indicated to be positively Corona.