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Business Update: PCR is Not Only for Airplanes, Initial Allegations for LRT Accidents


TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The latest economic and business news until Monday afternoon, October 25, 2021, starting with the government’s plan to apply PCR tests on other transportation during the anticipation of the Nataru period and the Jabodebek light rail (LRT) accident that occurred allegedly due to the negligence of the driver.

Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno met Pertamina Commissioner Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Ahok. There was also news about the Smart Air cargo plane crash that killed the pilot and the government was asked to formulate the upper limit price for the PCR test.

Here are five of the latest economic and business news as of Monday afternoon:

1. Luhut: PCR Tests Will Be Applied in Other Transportation Modes

The Coordinator for the Implementation of the Java-Bali Community Activity Restrictions (PPKM), Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, stated that the government anticipates an increase in Covid-19 cases ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays. One way is through tightening travel conditions with PCR tests.

“Gradually, the use of the PCR test will also be applied to other transportation as long as it anticipates the Nataru period,” Luhut said at the PPKM evaluation press conference, Monday, October 25, 2021.

Previously, the mandatory PCR test only applied to passengers of the intra-Java and Bali routes of air transportation. In the future, the regulation will be applied to land, sea and crossing transportation.

According to Luhut, reflecting on last year’s incident, even though the government stipulated PCR requirements for flights such as to Bali, community mobilization continued to increase. As a result, this condition prompted an increase in Covid-19 cases even though at that time there was no delta variant.

“We can say that the current mobilization in Bali is the same as last year’s Nataru and will continue to increase until the end of this year, increasing the risk of an increase in cases,” said Luhut.

Luhut admitted that the government received a lot of criticism from the public regarding the PCR policy. However, said Luhut, even though the pandemic conditions in Indonesia are improving, the government must continue to ensure that there is no increase in the spread of the corona virus as is happening in other countries.

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