Male passenger with COVID-19 disguised as wife on Indonesian flight

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An Indonesian man with the coronavirus has boarded a domestic flight disguised as his wife, wearing a niqab covering his face and carrying false IDs and a negative PCR test result.

But the cover didn’t last long.

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Police say a flight attendant aboard a Citilink plane en route from Jakarta to Ternate in North Maluku province noticed the man changing in the toilet on Sunday.

“He bought the plane ticket with his wife’s name and brought the identity card, the results of the PCR test and the vaccination card with his wife’s name. All documents are in the name of his wife,” Ternate police chief Aditya Laksimada said after the man’s arrest on the landing. He was identified only by his initials.

Police took him for a COVID-19 test, which came back positive.

The man is currently in home isolation at home and police said the investigation will continue.

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Indonesia is gripped by the worst coronavirus outbreak in Asia with 33,772 new confirmed cases and 1,383 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total number of reported cases is 2.9 million with 77,583 fatalities.

Restrictions on non-essential travel, including a mandatory coronavirus negative test, and public gatherings have been tightened over the Eid al-Adha holiday this week.

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