TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno planned to install the Covid-19 detector GeNose C19 developed by the research team of Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in super-priority tourist destinations.
He also encouraged tourist site management to use the locally-made tool which could detect coronavirus through the human breath.
“I say this to the business players and those who manage tourist sites to order it immediately. We hope this can revive the tourism sector and the creative economy which is currently under pressure due to the pandemic,” Sandiaga said on Tuesday, February 9.
Sandiaga had officially received the detector from the Ministry of Research and Technology that would be placed in the ministry building and the National Tourism College (PTNP).
The virus detector which had obtained a distribution permit from the Health Ministry was expected to provide a sense of security and comfort for people in tourist destinations.
He added that Bali would be prioritized for the GeNose C19 as the region’s tourism and creative economy sectors were severely hit by the pandemic.
“Bali records economic growth of minus 9 percent. This has never happened before. The province experiences the deepest contraction, followed by Riau Islands and Jakarta,” Sandiaga Uno said.