NTT Govt Permits Intercity Flights amid COVID-19 Red Zone Status



Petir Garda Bhwana

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Provincial Government has decided to continue the operation of domestic flights within the province despite their COVID-19 red zone status.

    NTT Chief of Transportation Services Isyak Nuka announced the government’s decision after nine COVID-19 patients had previously been identified.

    "Intercity flights within the NTT Province are still permitted under several conditions, including a free-from-COVID-19 health certificate and if screening with the results of rapid tests has been carried out," said Isyak, in Kupang, Monday, May 4, 2020.

    Although intercity permitted flights are still permitted, NTT airports remain closed for flights entering and exiting out of the province. However, exceptions are made for flights carrying high ranking government officers, official state guests and representatives of international organizations.

    “Exceptions are also made for law enforcement operations, as well as emergency services,” added Isyak, who is also the NTT COVID-19 Task Force Coordinator for Regional Transportation.

    Out of the nine COVID-19 positive patients in the province, seven patients are part of the Sukabumi cluster and are now undergoing quarantine at the Bhayangkara Hospital. On the other hand, the two other patients, now situated in Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai, are part of the Gowa cluster.