Dressing up can cost an Indonesian passenger dearly. The man tested positive for the corona virus and then disguised himself as his wife to be able to board the plane. A flight attendant alerted the authorities at the destination. The suspect has been arrested and is charged with identity theft and probably also endangering public health.
The man tested positive for the corona virus in Jakarta, just before he left for Ternate, an island within the province of North Maluku. His wife tested negative and was able to board the plane. Together they devised a ruse so that the man could still go on the plane. To begin with, he put on her niqab, which covered him from head to leg, making him unrecognizable.
He then used her ID and negative PCR test during boarding to deceive airport staff. On the plane, the man took off his niqab and put on a shirt in the toilet. A flight attendant caught the man and alerted authorities in Ternate.
A health official came to the scene and took a corona test from the man, which again proved positive. The airport immediately contacted the authorities to evacuate the man urgently. In protective clothing, the man was taken by ambulance to his home on Ternate, where he must be isolated.
Once his self-isolation is over, the Indonesian man will face court for identity fraud and endangering public health. Airline Citilink confirms against CNN Indonesia the incident and will further tighten controls at the airport. A spokesperson is calling on all passengers to comply with applicable regulations.
Corona situation Indonesia
Indonesia has been receiving aid from abroad since this month as the healthcare system at home has been overwhelmed by the increased number of corona infections. More and more corona patients in Indonesia go to hospitals, but they do not always have beds available.
Due to a lack of capacity, sick people are sometimes sent home, where some of them die. Indonesia detects tens of thousands of new infections every day. Experts think that many infections and deaths are not known to the authorities, because little is being tested in the country.
Indonesia officially has about 270 million inhabitants, almost 3 million infections and more than 75,000 deaths.
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