Covid positive man disguises himself as woman on Citilink flight to steal

(CNN) – An Indonesian man is said to be at risk of arrest after disguising himself as his wife in order to board a flight.

The man, who has only been publicly identified by the initials “DW”, boarded a Citilink domestic flight from Jakarta to Ternate while wearing a niqab that covered him from head to toe, reports the affiliate of CNN. CNN Indonesia.

The disguise was intended to allow the man to fly even though he would have tested positive for Covid-19. His wife, however, had tested negative, so he used his ID card and negative PCR test results to board the plane at Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport in Jakarta, according to the report.

It is not known if the man would have been caught had he not given up his ruse in the air.

An air hostess reportedly told authorities that she saw “DW” enter an airplane washroom and then come out wearing men’s clothing instead of the niqab – a full face veil with an opening for the eyes. She informed the Ternate airport authorities, who arrested the passenger as he got off the plane.

An on-site health worker immediately tested the man for Covid-19, and the PCR test came back positive, officials said.

After that, “the airport immediately contacted the Ternate City Covid-19 management task force team to evacuate the man while wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), then took him to an ambulance. to his home (in Ternate City) to self-isolate, where he will be supervised by officers of the task force, ”Ternate Covid-19 task force operational chief Muhammad Arif Gani told reporters.

After her period of self-isolation ended, local police said she intended to prosecute “DW”.

In addition, vaccine deployment has been slow. So far, only around 6% of the total population is fully vaccinated.

A health survey released in early July found that nearly half of those tested in Jakarta had Covid antibodies, which means the outbreak in the capital may have been much larger than previously believed.

CNN’s Amy Sood contributed reporting.

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