Suspects use second-hand rapid antigen test kits for months, police say
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – North Sumatran Police Chief Inspector General Panca Putra Simanjuntak revealed that arrested Kimia Farma employees at Kualanamu Airport committed the crime of using rapid antigen test kits. opportunity to test people since December of last year.
“The practice of reusing Covid-19 stick buds has been practiced since December 2020,” the police chief of the North Sumatra Police Headquarters said on Thursday April 29.
The police officially named five suspects, one of them being the branch manager of the Kimia Farma laboratory located in Medan. From this individual, authorities discovered that the five authors were preparing the rapid antigen test tools in this lab before reusing them.
The suspects collected the used stick buds – which is an essential tool for extracting samples from people – and then cleaned and repackaged them. These tools were then distributed at Kualanamu airport.
Police said the suspects were motivated by financial gain. An investigation is currently underway to reveal how many false tests have also been produced from the use of second-hand rapid tests. Authorities estimate that Kualanamu Airport serves around 200 people a day,
“We have confiscated Rp 149 million from the suspects,” said the police chief.
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