TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Central Kalimantan’s residents are banned from travelling if results of their rapid tests are reactive and should instead undergo swab tests for confirming the diagnosis of the COVID-19 disease, a local government official stated.
Three residents of Unsum Village in Raren Batuah Sub-district, Barito Timur District, Central Kalimantan Province, failed to follow this binding condition, coordinator of the district's COVID-19 Prevention and Mitigation Task Force, Simon Biring, stated.
Consequently, the trio were stopped by the Syamsuddin Noor Airport authority in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, on Friday, after one of their rapid test documents were found to have a reactive result, Biring noted here on Saturday.
Biring revealed that the reactive rapid test result was that of a child of a couple, identified as S and P -- all residents of Unsum Village.
"They are currently being quarantined in Banjarmasin," he noted, adding that Barito Timur District Government's COVID-19 Task Force was monitoring their health condition.
S and P had reached the airport to fly to a city in Java Island along with their child, who would study at a senior high school there. In fact, on Friday, the district's COVID-19 Task Force had requested the Unsum Health Center to take the child's swab test.
To thwart the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in communities, Biring has called on locals whose got reactive results in their rapid tests to participate in the COVID-19 Task Force's preventive efforts by conducting self-quarantine and abstaining from traveling.
"They must undergo swab tests to confirm whether they have tested positive for COVID-19," he remarked, adding that being diagnosed with the coronavirus disease was in no way a disgrace.
In its place, those testing positive for COVID-19 must be offered immediate assistance before the disease can cause harm to them and others, he emphasized.
Coronavirus infections initially arose in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019.
Since then, COVID-19 has spread to over 215 countries and territories, including 34 provinces of Indonesia, with a huge spike in death toll.
The Indonesian government officially confirmed the country's first cases on March 2 this year. The COVID-19 pandemic is undeniably a huge crisis in human history.
As of June 26, Indonesia has had 51,427 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the government officially announced its first confirmed cases on March 2, according to the Indonesian Ministry of Health as reported by spokesman for COVID-19 handling Achmad Yurianto.
Of the total number of confirmed cases, 21,333 were discharged from hospitals, while 2,683 others succumbed to the deadly virus.