Govt to Provide GeNose Covid-19 Test Service in Movie Theaters

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  • Commuters wearing protective masks blow a plastic bag as they take their air-sample to be tested using GeNose C19 (GeNose), a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) detection tool, at a train station in Jakarta, February 3, 2021. The breathalyzer, known as GeNose, was developed by the University of Gadjah Mada (UGM), which says it detects the reaction between the coronavirus and body tissue in the respiratory tract with at least 95% accuracy. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana

    Commuters wearing protective masks blow a plastic bag as they take their air-sample to be tested using GeNose C19 (GeNose), a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) detection tool, at a train station in Jakarta, February 3, 2021. The breathalyzer, known as GeNose, was developed by the University of Gadjah Mada (UGM), which says it detects the reaction between the coronavirus and body tissue in the respiratory tract with at least 95% accuracy. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaCoordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy said the government planned to provide GeNose, the screening tool to detect Covid-19 using human breath, in movie theaters in a bid to revive the national film industry.

    “For the protection in cinema buildings, we will install GeNose. The technical issue will be discussed with Tourism and Creative Economy Minister (Sandiaga Uno),” Muhadjir said in a written statement on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

    Muhadjir hoped the detection tool could guarantee the safety of moviegoers so they would no longer hesitate to visit cinemas and enjoy Indonesian films.

    “We hope people can be confident and feel safe to go to cinemas so that the film industry, including actors and film crews, can work more safely and comfortably so that our movie production can run smoothly as before [the Covid-19 pandemic],” he said.

    Previously, film industry players including producers and actors met with President Joko Widodo or Jokowi submitting complaints about challenges faced by the industry amid the pandemic. They hoped the government would support the public to return to movie theaters under health protocols.

    Read: Indonesian-made GeNose C19 Can Detect Covid-19 in 2 Minutes

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