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Indonesian police arrest five for reusing Covid-19 nasal swabs

Jakarta: Police in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province have arrested five people on suspicion of reusing Covid-19 test kits on passengers at the international airport there, a spokesman said on Wednesday. 
The five, who worked for state-owned company Kimia Farma, washed and repackaged antigen nasal swabs for antigen-based rapid testing and used them on travellers at Kualanamu airport in Medan, said provincial police spokesman Hadi Wahyudi. 
“We will question top officials at the company to get to the bottom of the case,” Hadi said, adding that the five suspects had been doing this since December.  The suspects could face six years in prison if found guilty of violating Indonesia’s health and consumer protection laws, he said. 
Provincial police chief Panca Putra Simanjuntak said the suspects made a profit of 30 million rupiah (2,000 dollars) per day from reusing the nasal swabs. (dpa)

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