Preventing COVID-19 Transmission, Puncak Regency Government Temporarily Stops Flights

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PAPUADAILY –The Regency Government (Pemkab) of Puncak, Papua, since July 7, 2021, has temporarily stopped the operation of flights carrying passengers to the area. This is to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The flights that were stopped were flights that carried passengers to Puncak district, namely Ilaga Airport, Sinak Airport, and Beoga Airport.

Meanwhile, the local government only allows flight operations to transport logistics or basic necessities, building materials and passenger flights in emergency conditions.

“Since July 7, we have closed passenger flights to Puncak Regency. We will see future developments, if COVID-19 cases have decreased, we will reopen passenger flights,” explained Puncak Regent Willem Wandik in Timika, Wednesday (21/7). /2021).

Currently, he said, nine cases of COVID-19 were found in Ilaga, the capital of Puncak Regency. One patient has died.

In connection with the lack of facilities for treating COVID-19 patients in Ilaga, the Puncak Regency Government is exploring to rent a hotel in Timika as a place to isolate COVID-19 patients from Puncak Regency.

“We have met with several hotels in Timika, they agreed to be a place to isolate COVID-19 patients, because in Puncak it is difficult for us to handle due to limited facilities so we send COVID-19 patients to Timika for treatment,” explained Willem Wandik.

The Puncak Regency Government, he said, has collaborated with the Mimika Regency Government for handling follow-up care or referrals for patients who cannot be handled in Puncak Regency.

Flight activities to three airports in the Puncak Regency area, namely Ilaga, Sinak and Beoga, have so far served the most from Timika, both for the delivery of cargo of goods and passengers.***