The government is planning to make polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests mandatory for travelers across all modes of transportation, officials say, in a bid to prevent another wave of COVID-19 infections amid increasing public mobility ahead of the year-end holiday season. Currently, negative PCR test results are required only for passengers traveling by air in Java and Bali, as well as in other regions with a high risk of COVID-19 transmission. Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, who oversees the pandemic response for the two islands, said on Monday that nearly 20 million people were estimated to be traveling in these regions over the New Year’s holidays, and that the government was keen not to “repeat past mistakes”.

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