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Man infected with COVID-19 poses as wife on Indonesian flight

An Indonesian man who is infected with COVID-19 has boarded a domestic flight disguised as his wife, wearing a niqab covering his face and carrying fake IDs and a negative PCR test result.

Man infected with COVID-19 poses as wife on Indonesian flight

The man, who has not been identified by name, arrives at the Sultan Babullah airport in Ternate, Indonesia, on Jul 18, 2021. (Photo: AP Images)

TERNATE, Indonesia: An Indonesian man who is infected with COVID-19 has boarded a domestic flight disguised as his wife, wearing a niqab covering his face and carrying fake IDs and a negative PCR test result.

But the cover didn't last long.

Police say a flight attendant aboard a Citilink plane traveling from Jakarta to Ternate in North Maluku province on Sunday (Jul 18) noticed the man change the clothes in the lavatory.

“He bought the plane ticket with his wife’s name and brought the identity card, the PCR test result and the vaccination card with his wife’s name. All documents are under his wife’s name,” Ternate police chief Aditya Laksimada said after arresting the man upon landing. He was only identified by his initials.

Police took him for a COVID-19 test, which came back positive.

READ: As spike in COVID-19 cases taxes healthcare system, some Indonesians have little choice but to isolate at home

The man is currently self-isolating at home and police said the investigation will continue.

Indonesia is in the grip of the worst coronavirus surge in Asia with 33,772 new confirmed cases and 1,383 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total number of reported cases is 2.9 million with 77,583 fatalities.

Restrictions on nonessential travel, including a mandatory negative coronavirus test, and public gatherings have been toughened over the Eid al-Adha holiday this week.

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Source: AP/ga

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