Indonesia morning news for April 14

Indonesia morning news for April 14
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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia Ramps Up Virus Testing as New Infections Surge
Indonesia’s government is ramping up its coronavirus testing capacity and expanding the partial lockdown to areas outside the capital after facing criticism for having one of the region’s lowest testing rates per capita.
— Bloomberg

Jokowi Issues Decree Naming COVID-19 National Disaster
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Monday officially ratified the presidential decree No.12/2020, naming the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 as a national disaster.

COVID-19 Update: Indonesia Records New Cases and Recoveries
Indonesian COVID-19 team spokesman Achmad Yurianto announced Monday 316 new coronavirus cases, which increased the total number of coronavirus patients to 4,557.

Indonesia Seen Cutting Rates Again Amid Pandemic
Indonesia’s central bank is expected to lower borrowing costs for a third straight month as policy makers take unprecedented steps to bolster the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
— Bloomberg

‘Ghosts’ scare Indonesians indoors and away from coronavirus
The village on Java island has deployed a cast of “ghosts” to patrol the streets, hoping that age-old superstition will keep people indoors and safely away from the coronavirus.
— Reuters

Indonesia’s factory activity in deepest-ever contraction as pandemic disrupts supply, demand
Indonesia’s factory production contracted by a record level in the first quarter of the year as a result of weak demand and disruption to the supply chain against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, the latest survey has shown.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19, Aviation Industry Only Prepared Until May
Secretary-general of the National Air Carriers Association (INACA) Bayu Sutanto said that the aviation industry’s risk assumptions on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was only designed to last from April to May 2020.

Enterprises in Indonesia must pay THR regardless of COVID-19 pandemic
Enterprises in Indonesia should not neglect paying the Idul Fitri holiday bonus (THR) to their employees on the pretext of the ongoing pandemic of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a legal expert stated.
— Antara News

Indonesia: Muslims advised to limit Ramadan activities
Indonesia’s top clerics on Monday urged Muslims in the country to follow government advice and limit religious activities to their homes during Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
— Anadolu Agency

Bank Indonesia expects forex reserves to increase to $125b
The rupiah exchange rate strengthened significantly against the US dollar on Thursday, allowing the central bank to reduce market intervention as it expected foreign exchange (forex) reserves to increase over this week.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta has more than half of Indonesia’s COVID-19 cases
Jakarta remains the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Indonesia with 2,242 confirmed cases, or more than half the total infections recorded in the country as of Monday, as per data from the government’s website.
— Antara News

Explainer: Indonesia to finance coronavirus battle mostly through debt
Indonesia’s revised 2020 state budget highlights lower income and higher spending against the backdrop of the coronavirus outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

Five vessels from Philippines, Vietnam caught fishing illegally in Indonesian waters
The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry has seized five foreign-flagged vessels caught fishing illegally in Indonesian waters as sea patrols remain vigilant during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

1.4m Sign Up for Gov’t Unemployment Benefit
Around 1.4 million people had signed up for the government’s unemployment benefit a day after the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs opened the online registration as the country endured seven weeks into the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

Govt introduces new social benefits as 2.8 million lose jobs
Indonesia’s preemployment card program, a social safety net offering aid similar to unemployment benefits, saw an immediate spike in interest within a few days of its launch, as 2.8 million people have lost their jobs nationwide as a result of businesses temporarily halting operations.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Over 1,000 test positive as West Java completes first phase of rapid testing
Nearly 1,200 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in West Java after the province conducted 75,000 rapid tests over the past three weeks.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Govt repatriates, isolates more than 500 TKIs from Malaysia
As many as 513 Indonesian domestic workers have been repatriated from neighboring Malaysia after they were given the all-clear for COVID-19 infection.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s coal consumption may fall 5 percent as virus spreads: Energy ministry
The government expects domestic coal consumption to fall as much as 5 percent this year due to lower coal-fired power plant activity in the virus-ridden economy.
— The Jakarta Post

1.4 million people register for Pre-employment Card Program
As many as 1.4 million people registered to receive funding assistance under the so-called the Pre-employment Card Program newly launched by the government on Saturday (Apr 11).
— Antara News

‘Puskesmas’ move up to COVID-19 front lines amid overburdened health system
Soon after he took office in October 2019, Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto highlighted the urgency for puskesmas (community health centers) to focus on preventing disease and promoting heath to help reduce the burden on the country’s deficit-stricken National Health Insurance (JKN) program.
— The Jakarta Post

Regional administrations reallocate Rp 85 trillion to fight COVID-19
Regional administrations in Southeast Asia’s largest economy have adjusted their budgets to the tune of Rp 85 trillion to focus expenditure on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the Home Ministry announced on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Researchers face uphill battle to help with COVID-19 fight
Researchers say they see themselves walking a long, winding road in helping the government battle the COVID-19 outbreak, as broader research is needed to improve countermeasures nationwide.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Riot breaks out in North Sulawesi prison amid virus fears
A riot broke out at Manado Penitentiary in North Sulawesi, allegedly triggered by visitation restrictions and early release of inmates amid COVID-19 concerns, culminating in a massive fire that razed parts of the prison complex on Saturday afternoon.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta’s Train Stations Still Packed to the Rafters During Large-Scale Social Restriction
Long queues for the Commuter Line trains were seen at stations in Jakarta on Monday morning, the fourth day of the capital’s large-scale social restriction, or PSBB – an epidemic containment measure a step below total area lockdown the provincial government has imposed on the city of 11 million people.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesian dentists walk on tightrope as practices forced to close due to COVID-19
Candra Juniar Amiarno, a 38-year-old dentist living in East Jakarta, was forced to stop practicing after the COVID-19 outbreak hit the country in early March.
— The Jakarta Post

Kualanamu airport train operator suspends service until May 31
​​The airport train operator PT Railink has suspended its Medan Central Station-Kualanamu International Airport service from April 12 to May 31, 2020, to assist the government in preventing the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.
— Antara News

President instructs officials to ensure adequate medical devices
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called on government officials to ensure sufficient supply of medical devices, such as ventilators and personal protective gear (APD) for medical personnel, to handle COVID-19 patients.
— Antara News

26 crewmen onboard KM Lambelu test positive for COVID-19 in Makassar
The South Sulawesi Health Agency confirmed on Sunday that 26 out of 42 crew members of KM Lambelu had tested positive for COVID-19 after undertaking swab tests in the provincial capital of Makassar.
— The Jakarta Post

Coronavirus Pandemic Causes 1.6 Million Layoffs in Indonesia
The head of the COVID-19 countermeasure acceleration team, Doni Monardo, announced Monday that the pandemic had hit hard on Indonesia’s economy with thousands of workers laid off.

Jokowi urges ministry to streamline clinical management of patients
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called on the Ministry of Health to bring about improvements in the clinical management of COVID-19 patients.
— Antara News

Health Ministry regulations will apply for PSSB: task force
During the implementation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), the regulations issued by the Ministry of Health, and not other ministries, will apply, said chairman of the COVID-19 task force on Monday.
— Antara News Slashes Marketing Expenses by 90 Pct to Avert Layoffs
Online travel agent is reportedly coming up with a particular strategy to preserve its employees and preventing any form of layoff amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which has severely affected the tourism industry.

FAO Warns COVID-19 Pandemic Can Cause Global Food Crisis
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo demanded his ministers to maintain the food supply in Indonesia amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Govt Rejects PSBB Status for Sorong and Palangka Raya
Minister of Health Terawan Agus Putranto has rejected the Large Scale Social Restriction (PSBB) status proposal for Sorong, West Papua, and Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan.

Some Provinces Yet to Report Budget for COVID-19 Handling
The Ministry of Home Affairs (Kemendagri) noted that a number of regions have yet to report the alterations made to their regional budget allocations to fund health and economic efforts as well as social safety nets, geared to dampen and handle the COVID-19 outbreak, respectively.

KSP Indosurya ‘beyond our authority’, says OJK about cooperative in default
The Financial Services Authority (OJK) says the case of savings and loans cooperative KSP Indosurya, which has failed to repay customer funds, lies outside of its supervision.
— The Jakarta Post

President elicits mutual help from public to handle COVID-19 crisis
President Joko Widodo has appealed to communities across the region to help and care for one another in the face of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
— Antara News

Men in East Java more prone to COVID-19 with 61% of cases, 77% of deaths
Men are more vulnerable than women to COVID-19 in East Java, according to the province’s COVID-19 task force.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Pekanbaru first area in Sumatra granted request to impose large-scale social restrictions
The Pekanbaru administration in Riau province is drafting a local regulation to officially impose large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to slow the spread of COVID-19 after its request to the health minister was granted.
— The Jakarta Post

MUI believes COVID-19 pandemic is momentum to deepen familial ties
Secretary of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) Fatwa Commission Asrorun Ni’am Sholeh believes the COVID-19 pandemic has become a momentum to intensify family ties at home during the holy month of Ramadhan 1441 Hijri, Monday.
— Antara News

Yogyakarta woman creates ‘transparent mask’ to help the deaf communicate in time of coronavirus
COVID-19 has changed the way people interact with one another, especially with the physical distancing measures in place. It has made basic everyday interactions difficult for most people, including for the deaf community who regularly rely on subtle facial cues to communicate with others.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Governor proposes medal of merit for frontline medics
The provincial government of Central Java has asked the central government to bestow medals of merit to medical workers treating COVID-19 patients as a sign of respect for their services.
— 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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