Approximately 150,000 test kits to detect the Covid-19 coronavirus from China have now arrived in Indonesia. The equipment was picked up by a C130 Hercules belonging to the Indonesian Army (TNI) which departed on Saturday (3/21).

Based on information submitted by the Air Force Information Service (DISPENAU), a C130 Hercules Aircraft from the 32nd Air Wing 2nd Squadron, Abdulrachman Saleh Airstrip took off at 06.55 West Indonesia Time to the RSA Airstrip in Ranai Natuna (Riau Islands) before finally taking off to Shanghai, China at 11:40 Western Indonesian Time.

The Government Spokesperson for handling Covid-19, Achmad Yurianto said that with the availability of this tool, examination and handling of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Indonesia can be carried out on a massive scale, with checks carried out en-masse, in a press conference broadcast via the BNPB YouTube account on Sunday (23/3).

Yurianto ensured that hundreds of thousands of test kits would be distributed to all regions in Indonesia, adjusted based on confirmed cases in the relevant regions.

“We will distribute these 150 thousand test kits throughout the country according to risk grouping and risk factors in the community on the basis of the confirmed cases we are treating in hospitals,” Yurianto was quoted by Detik.


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