Indonesian man with coronavirus disguises as wife on Indonesian flight

July 22, 2021: An Indonesian man with the corona virus has boarded a domestic flight disguised as his wife, wearing a face mask and taking false identities and negative PCR results.

Police say a flight attendant aboard a Citilink plane traveling from Indonesian capital Jakarta to Ternate in North Maluku province on Sunday noticed the man change the clothes in the lavatory.

“He bought a plane ticket with his wife’s name and brought an ID card, a PCR test result and a vaccination card with his wife’s name. All the documents are under his wife’s name,” Ternate police chief, Aditiya Laksimada said after arresting the man as soon as he landed.

He was recognized only with his initials. Police took him for a COVID-19 test, which came back positive. The man is currently isolated at home and police say the investigation will continue.

Indonesia is in the grip of the worse coronavirus surge 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 nonessential travel, including a mandatory negative coronavirus test, and public gatherings have been toughened over the Eid al-Adha holiday this week.

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