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PCR Price Reduction has yet to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing

Many residents, some with COVID-19 symptoms, have asked for PCR tests at puskesmas but have not received responses, as reported in Sukabumi and Bandung, West Java, on June 19.

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Officers take a swab sample from a resident\'s nose for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test in Wanea, Manado, North Sulawesi, on Tuesday (27/7/2021).

The government-mandated price reduction of PCR COVID-19 tests has yet to help accelerate testing and tracing, two keys to breaking the chain of virus transmission.

JAKARTA, KOMPAS — The reduction in the price of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab tests appears not to have automatically cut the chain of COVID-19 transmission. The government still has to increase the number of free tests and speed up contact tracing.

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