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Indonesian firm busted for reusing Covid nasal swab tests

According to police officials, up to 9 000 passengers at an airport in Medan may have been tested with the reused swab sticks.

Indonesian firm busted for reusing Covid nasal swab tests

Indonesian firm busted for reusing Covid nasal swab tests photo credit: bbc.co.uk

Several employees of a pharmaceutical company in Indonesia have been arrested for allegedly washing and reselling used Covid nasal swab test kits.

9 000 passengers

According to police officials, up to 9 000 passengers at an airport in Medan may have been tested with the reused swab sticks.

State-owned company Kimia Farma is now reportedly facing a potential lawsuit launched on behalf of the travellers.

Police believe the scam had been happening since last December at Kaulanamu airport in Medan, North Sumatra. It has not yet been confirmed how they discovered the ruse.

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