Sudanese held for fake COVID-19 test

Rudy Santos (The Philippine Star) - June 24, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — A departing Sudanese passenger was arrested on Tuesday after he allegedly presented a fake COVID-19 swab test result at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1.

Abdelkhalig Mohamed Mirgani Azrag, 19, bound for South Africa, was barred from boarding his flight, according to airport police department chief Col. Adrian Tecson.

Tecson said Ethiopian Airlines check-in counter ground crew Abigail Calma discovered that Azrag altered his positive reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result issued by a hospital in Manila.

Unknown to the passenger, the hospital e-mailed the copy of his RT-PCR test to the airline.

Azrag was immediately brought to the isolation facility at the NAIA.

The Manila International Airport Authority disinfected the departure area of the NAIA Terminal 1 to avoid the spread of the virus.

Charges of violation of Republic Act 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act were filed against the Sudanese before the Pasay City prosecutor’s office.

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