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Returning migrant workers wait for COVID-19 tests for hours outside emergency hospital

The Jakarta Post, Indonesia, 16 May 2020 - Hundreds of Indonesian migrant workers recently returning to the country gathered in a crowd outside the Kemayoran Athletes Village makeshift hospital for COVID-19 on Thursday, forced to spend hours waiting for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing due to technical difficulties.

One of the migrant workers was 33-year-old Tommy Gunawan, who had just flown from Barbados with 222 other Indonesian crewmen of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

They landed at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten at 7 a.m. and immediately underwent COVID-19 rapid testing. The test results came back negative at 11 a.m.

Two hours later, military personnel transported the migrant workers to the Kemayoran Athletes Village makeshift hospital, so they could undergo PCR testing to make sure they had not contracted the coronavirus.

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Source: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/05/16/returning-migrant-workers-wait-for-covid-19-tests-for-hours-outside-emergency-hospital.html

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