Indonesia morning news for April 10

Indonesia morning news for April 10
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Indonesia reports biggest jump in coronavirus deaths as Malaysia trend improves
Indonesia reported its biggest daily jump in coronavirus deaths on Thursday, bringing the total confirmed number to 280 in the world’s fourth most populous country, the highest death toll in Asia outside China where the virus first emerged.
— National Post

1.2 million Indonesian workers furloughed, laid off as COVID-19 crushes economy
The COVID-19 pandemic, which is spreading like wildfire in Indonesia, has taken not just lives but also the earnings of millions of workers, one month after the government announced Indonesia’s first two confirmed cases of the virus.
— The Jakarta Post

500 Malaysia-returned migrant workers in N Sumatra to be quarantined
A total of 500 Indonesian migrant workers, who returned to North Sumatra from Malaysia, will be quarantined prior to being allowed to return to their respective hometowns.
— Antara News

Govt Sets New Holidays on Dec 28-31 to Replace Eid Exodus
Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy announced that this year’s collective leave of Eid al-Fitr holidays is officially replaced in December.

Indonesia to Provide Cover for 115m People at Risk of Falling Back Into Poverty
he government has extended its social aid programs to offer more financial and food assistance to help Indonesia’s most vulnerable during the peak of the coronavirus epidemic expected to hit the country in the next three months.
— Jakarta Globe

Govt needs to be more forthright about COVID-19 data to prevent complacency, experts say
Experts from Yogyakarta’s Gadjah Mada University (UGM) have called on the government to provide accurate and integrated data on COVID-19 so that the public does not underestimate the gravity of the situation.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia is a great destination for Thai exports
Prospects for exports to Indonesia remain promising this year after fellow ASEAN member Thailand temporarily lifted the import licence requirement for garlic and brown onions until May and moved to lower import tariffs on 749 products such as soybeans, food, textiles, corn, shoes and ceramics.
— Fresh Plaza

Immigration: All Pilgrims of Tabligh Event Have Left Gowa
The Directorate General of Immigration of the Law and Human Rights Ministry ensured that all foreign citizens participating in the Asia’s Ijtima Jamaah Tabligh gathering in Gowa, South Sulawesi had returned to their home countries.

COVID-19: Govt to convert more towers in athletes village for makeshift hospital
The Public Works and Housing Ministry is set to convert three more apartment towers in the athletes village in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta into makeshift hospital buildings for COVID-19 patients to accommodate a surge in confirmed cases in the capital city.
— The Jakarta Post

Bali’s miracle: turning wine into hand sanitizer
Pharmacists on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali are tackling a shortage of anti-coronavirus hand sanitizer by making their own unique, tropical version — from thousands of liters of fermented palm wine.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Gets Innovative in Raising $62 Billion for Virus Fight
Indonesia is turning to a wide range of funding options to help raise 1,000 trillion rupiah ($62 billion) to finance a record fiscal stimulus needed to shield the economy from recession.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia cooperating with nine nations to ensure medical supplies
Indonesia is cooperating with at least nine countries to ensure the smooth supply of medical equipment to accelerate efforts to contain the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Antara News

Millions of Indonesians Get Ready to Travel From Outbreak Center
Most countries around the world are battling the coronavirus pandemic with severe travel restrictions, especially to and from areas hit hard by the deadly virus.
— Bloomberg

Foreign exchange reserves adequate to fulfill various needs: BI
Bank Indonesia (BI) ensured that foreign exchange reserves of US$121 billion as of the end of March 2020 were sufficient to meet various needs despite dropping $9.4 billion, from $130.4 billion in February 2020.
— Antara News

Indonesia: Possible virus treatment found in flora
Indonesian research teams on Thursday said they found potential compounds in local agricultural products that can fight the novel coronavirus.
— Anadolu Agency

COVID-19 Task force to distribute test kits to 12 provinces, targets 300,000 tests monthly
Indonesia’s COVID-19 Task Force plans to distribute equipment for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests to 12 of the country’s 34 provinces to help detect the virus, the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Activists warn government not to repeat mistakes of past economic bailouts
Antigraft activists have called on the government to be transparent in the disbursement of the recently unveiled Rp 405.1 trillion (US$24.68 billion) COVID-19 economic stimulus in order to avoid the pitfalls of past corruption cases in 2008 and in 1998.
— The Jakarta Post

Constitutional Court bill would scrap term limits, allow justices to serve until age 70
The House of Representatives is planning to revise the Constitutional Court law, seeking to scrap the ten-year term limit for justices and instead set a retirement age of 70 for all members of the nine-justice bench.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Deported from South Korea for Violating Self-isolation
The Directorate for Indonesian Citizen and Legal Entity Protection of the Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed that an Indonesian man was deported from South Korea for violating the mandatory self-isolation rules. The person’s identity was not published.

DPR COVID-19 Task Force Aims to Back Govt: Puan Maharani
The House of Representatives (DPR) established a COVID-19 task force, which consisted of legislative members from across parties, said the House speaker Puan Maharani.

COVID-19: Gorontalo only province unscathed as Indonesia records highest daily death toll
East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) became the latest province to confirm the presence of COVID-19 within its borders on Thursday, bringing the total number of provinces affected to 33.
— The Jakarta Post

Provincial govt bans celebration activities during PSBB in Jakarta
The provincial government of Jakarta has banned people from engaging in celebration activities drawing congregations during the application of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Jakarta and its adjoining areas.
— Antara News

Deliberation on Controversial Bills Should Be Postponed During Pandemic: Constitutional Law Expert
A constitutional law expert has criticized the House of Representatives, or DPR, for continuing deliberations on controversial bills during the coronavirus pandemic that has already killed 240 Indonesians.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi Talks of Possible ‘Mudik’ Ban Ahead of Eid
Ahead of Eid al-Fitr holiday, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo admits that an official prohibition from the central government, banning the Indonesian people to go homecoming (mudik) is still possible, as the government continues to evaluate the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Riau Islands governor Nurdin Basirun sentenced to four years in prison for bribery
A panel of judges at the Jakarta Corruption Court has sentenced suspended Riau Islands governor Nurdin Basirun to four years in prison for accepting bribes in relation to a reclamation project in the province.
— The Jakarta Post

Fire at Central Java gas facility cuts off supply to power plant, homes
State-owned oil and gas company Pertamina’s Gundih central processing plant (CPP) in Blora, Central Java, was deactivated on Thursday afternoon, cutting the gas supply to a nearby power plant and thousands of households, after a fire broke out earlier in the day.
— The Jakarta Post

Suspected COVID-19 patient under surveillance in Medan passes away
A suspected COVID-19 patient under surveillance undergoing treatment at the Martha Friska Multatuli Hospital’s isolation ward in Medan, North Sumatra Province’s capital, died on Wednesday evening, a local government official stated.
— Antara News

COVID-19: Medan Red Cross reports blood shortage, calls for donations
Blood supplies in Medan, North Sumatra, are running low as fewer people participate in blood drives as a result of the social distancing policy and the COVID-19 outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19 may reduce pro-IS activity, but attacks still possible: IPAC
The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to reducing the activity of the Islamic State (IS) group in the country, as highlighted by the latest report from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC).
— The Jakarta Post

Transjakarta Adjusts Services as Tight Social Restriction Imposed
Regional-owned bus operator PT Transjakarta is set to adjust its operational hours during the implementation of large-scale social restriction (PSBB) in the capital starting on Friday, April 10, in the wake of the new coronavirus disease or COVID-19 pandemic.

Govt Forms COVID-19 Task Force to Secure National Borders
Chief of the National Agency for Border Management (BNPP) Tito Karnavian, has formed a COVID-19 Task Force for national borders, also known as the BNPP Task Force, on duty for 7 months, until October 2020.

TikTok Donates Rp100bn to COVID-19 Task Force
Chinese video sharing application TikTok has donated Rp100 billion to the Indonesian COVID-19 Task Force.

Crime Rates in Jakarta Decrease during COVID-19 Pandemic
The Jakarta Metro Police has noted a decrease in crime rates and disturbance of public order in the Jakarta Police area of jurisdiction during the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 pandemic.

Local Ventilator Production to be Backed by Govt Stimulus
The Industry Ministry’s director-general of chemical, pharmaceutical and textile industries, Muhammad Khayam, on Wednesday said that the government is preparing a series of government stimulus programs to accelerate the domestic production of hospital-grade ventilators.

Tasikmalaya authorities ban renovation of Ahmadiyah mosque
Authorities in Tasikmalaya, West Java, have banned the renovation of a mosque in Cipakat vilage, Singaparna district, that belongs to a local Ahmadiyah congregation, a minority Muslim group that has long been persecuted for its beliefs.
— The Jakarta Post

Pupuk Indonesia ensures fertilizer distribution to remain unhindered
State-run fertilizer holding company PT Pupuk Indonesia (Persero) has made assurance that the imposition of large-scale social distancing (PSBB) by local regions would not impact the distribution of subsidized and non-subsidized fertilizers to farmers.
— Antara News

Halodoc, Gojek Set to Hold Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests
Online ride-hailing company Gojek and digital healthcare company Halodoc were set to hold free rapid tests to detect the coronavirus (COVID-19) for the public as initial screenings.

Indonesians urged to rely on credible sources for COVID-19 information
The Indonesian Government’s spokesperson for the handling of COVID-19, Achmad Yurianto, urged citizens to ensure that any coronavirus-related information they consume or share is accurate and disseminated by credible sources.
— Antara News

IDI Mobilizes 2,500 Young Health Workers to Fight COVID-19
The East Jakarta administration will gradually mobilize 2,500 young healthcare workers in the city’s fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Love Is Not in the Air: Indonesian Police Earn New Reputation as Wedding Crashers During Pandemic
The Indonesian Police have earned a new reputation as wedding crashers recently as Indonesia continues its desperate fight against the Covid-19 epidemic, breaking up elaborate wedding parties that often have been planned for months.
— Jakarta Globe

Three drug couriers nabbed in Jambi get 17 years jail
The Jambi District Court on Thursday sentenced three drug couriers — nabbed with about 231 kilograms of dried cannabis last year — to 17 years in prison and ordered them to pay a fine of Rp1 billion.
— Antara News



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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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