Since final December, greater than 9,000 airline passengers who took a coronavirus speedy take a look at as they flew out of Kualanamu Worldwide Airport in Medan, Indonesia, could have been examined by having beforehand used cotton swabs jammed into their noses.
Medan police arrested 4 staff and an area supervisor of the most important pharmaceutical firm Kimia Farma, which was working along with the airport to assist carry out the checks. The Medan-based Kimia Farma staff had been allegedly washing and repacking cotton swabs for the checks whereas pocketing as much as 1.eight billion rupiah (~$125,000), native police stated.
Airline passengers in Indonesia are required to current a unfavorable COVID-19 take a look at end result earlier than boarding, and plenty of go for the comfort of being examined on the airport. For the reason that alleged swab rip-off started in December, Kimia Farma staff had been testing between 100 and 200 passengers a day on the airport, some with contemporary checks and others with checks that apparently concerned reused swabs.
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