Indonesia morning news for April 17

Indonesia morning news for April 17
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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia’s number of recovered COVID-19 patients exceeds death toll for first time in month
The Health Ministry has announced that another 102 people recovered from COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total number of recovered patients in the country to 548 and thereby exceeding the death toll for the first time in nearly a month.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Expects Tourism Boom in 2021, Offers Stimulus for Businesses
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Thursday announced several measures to assist businesses and workers in the tourism industry, the sector hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic in Indonesia.
— Jakarta Globe

COVID-19 Update: Positive Cases Rise to 5,516 Nationwide
Indonesia’s COVID-19 spokesman Achmad Yurianto announced 380 new confirmed coronavirus cases that bring the total up to 5,516 cases.

Medical Staffs in Semarang Infected Tested Positive for Covid-19
As many as 46 medical staffs in dr. Kariadi Hospital in Semarang have been tested positive for Covid-19 infection. Some of the staffs are doctors of the government-owned hospital.

COVID-19 cases in Indonesia could cross 100,000 mark, says national taskforce expert
Indonesia’s COVID-19 cases is predicted to exceed 100,000, an expert with the government pandemic task force said on Thursday (Apr 16).

Raincoats and donations: Indonesia’s doctors battle COVID-19 surge
Reduced to sharing goggles and cheap raincoats, Indonesia’s under-equipped doctors are battling a tide of COVID-19 infections that is overwhelming its creaky healthcare system – and killing their colleagues.

As Bali beaches go quiet, Indonesia sees US$10bil loss
The coronavirus outbreak is set to wipe out more than US$10 billion from Indonesia’s tourism revenue this year as leisure travel comes to a near complete halt, the government said Thursday.
— The Star

Doctors resign from COVID-19 referral hospital in North Sumatra over incentives
At least five specialist doctors working at Padang Sidempuan Hospital, a COVID-19 referral hospital in North Sumatra, have resigned from their positions in response to reportedly unpaid incentives.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia braces for bad times, up to 5.2 million may lose jobs
The government estimates 1.1 million to 3.78 million Indonesians will fall into poverty and 2.9 million to 5.2 million could lose their jobs during the downturn, with economic growth projected to be at the lowest level since the 1998 financial crisis.
— New Straits Times

President’s Special Staff Reported over Alleged Abuse of Power
Advocates M. Sholeh and Tomi Singgih are planning to file a police report against one of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s special staffs Andi Taufan Garuda Putra, over allegations of corruption for sending letters to district heads using the cabinet secretary letterhead.

Elephant found dead, mutilated in Riau
An elephant was found brutally killed four kilometers away from the Kelayang district head office in Indragiri Hulu regency, Riau, on Wednesday, with the perpetrators still at large.
— The Jakarta Post

Dengue fever kills more than COVID-19 in Central Java
Forty people across Central Java have died from dengue fever in the last three months, the Central Java Health Agency reported, making the mosquito-borne disease deadlier than COVID-19, which has claimed 27 lives in the province as of Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: State Palace braces for social unrest
The State Palace is bracing for social unrest ahead of Ramadan amid the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit people’s purchasing power and put many out of work.
— The Jakarta Post

Police to Give Rp600,000 in Aid to 197,000 Drivers
The National Police Traffic Corps has collected data on the number of public transportation drivers; including taxi, bus, truck, angkot, motorcycle taxi, becak, Bajaj, and bemo, throughout Indonesia, eligible to receive Rp600,000 in aid, over three-course of three months.

Chinese Garlic Imported to Meet Domestic Demand
Chief of Food Supply Task Force of the National Police Brig. Gen. Daniel Tahi Monang Silitonga, said that up to 52,000 tons have been imported from China to meet domestic demands.

Three domestic companies ready to produce thousands of ventilators
Three state-owned domestic companies voiced readiness to produce thousands of ventilators deemed necessary for patients exposed to a new type of coronavirus or COVID-19.
— Antara News

Over a million low-income households left out of electricity relief scheme
Over a million Indonesian families living in internet dead zones have been unable to access a government-funded electricity relief scheme being distributed online.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s miners exploit loopholes to avoid restoring mining sites
A litany of loopholes allows mining companies in Indonesia to shirk their obligation to restore and rehabilitate their former concessions, a new report says.
— Mongabay

Indonesia’s trade data paints gloomy picture of manufacturing industries
Indonesia’s trade surplus and relatively resilient export figures in March may not be sustained in the near future and reflects a raw material supply disruption that threatens the growth of local manufacturing businesses, economists say.
— The Jakarta Post

How Saudi Arabia’s religious project transformed Indonesia
Half a million people, all dressed in white, radiated from the Hotel Indonesia roundabout in central Jakarta.
— The Guardian

Government plans to buy chickens to cope with buffalo meat shortage
The government is mulling over a plan for state-owned livestock company PT Berdikari to procure chicken meat from local farmers to cope with a meat supply shortage during Ramadan and Idul Fitri due to a delay in imports of buffalo meat from India.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Political prisoners’ turn to UN amid COVID-19 threat
With their plight largely ignored by the public, 63 Indonesians detained on treason charges have turned to the United Nations for help, hoping they could be saved from the threat posed by the COVID-19 disease in the country’s overcrowded prisons.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s rehashed climate action commitments ‘not ambitious enough’
As the recently updated draft of Indonesia’s climate action commitments under the Paris Agreement awaits government approval, activists worry the reworked pledge might not be ambitious enough for one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases.
— The Jakarta Post

Riau police and doctors, students handle corpses of COVID-19 patients
Riau Police is working with the Indonesian Forensic Doctors Association (PDFI) and University of Riau’s Faculty of Medicine Student Executive Board to handle bodies of deceased people testing positive for or suspected of contracting COVID-19.
— Antara News

Jokowi Assures COVID-19 Pandemic Will Be Over by Year’s End
President Jokowi is optimistic that the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia will be resolved by the end of 2020, which will be followed by an economic boom, especially in the tourism sector, in the year after.

Ministry asked to launch labor-intensive program for tourism workers
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has instructed the tourism and creative economy minister to launch a labor-intensive program involving workers in the tourism sector that has borne the maximum brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Police Won’t Seize Driver’s License of People Violating PSBB
Jakarta Metro Police asserted that the issuance of warning letters for people violating the large-scale social restrictions or PSBB was not accompanied by confiscation of the driver’s license (SIM) or vehicle registration document (STNK) of the violators.

Riau’s tourism authority closes 117 destinations to control COVID-19
The Riau provincial administration has temporarily closed 117 tourist destinations throughout the province to stop visitor mobility to halt the spread of the deadly new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a government official stated here, Wednesday.
— Antara News

COVID-19: Govt readies to tackle security threats, escalation of crime
The Indonesian Government has taken anticipatory measures to deal with any threat to security or escalation of crime, especially ahead of the Ramadhan fasting month, in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
— Antara News

Jakarta seeks central government support to boost healthcare capacity
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has sought the central government’s support to expand the capacity of healthcare facilities in the capital, in anticipation of a further increase in COVID-19 cases.
— Antara News

Returning migrant workers testing negative for COVID-19 sent home
The Social Affairs Ministry sent home 51 of the 144 migrant workers deported by Malaysia after they tested negative for the coronavirus disease at the Bambu Apus Shelter and Trauma Center (RPTC) in East Jakarta.
— Antara News

Google launches Indonesian version of Teach From Home
Google has launched Mengajar Dari Rumah, an Indonesian version of virtual education platform Teach From Home, to help teachers educate students remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

197 companies secure cheap gas prices, contracts to be signed in May
One hundred and ninety-seven companies will buy gas at US$6 per million British thermal units (mmbtu), below the $8 per mmbtu market average, as promised by a Presidential Regulation issued in 2016.
— The Jakarta Post

Legislator urges BSSN to develop secure teleconferencing application
House member Sukamta urged the National Cyber and Crypto Agency (BSSN) to develop a highly secure special online meeting application for governmental elements and state apparatuses to ensure cybersecurity and resilience amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Update on Patients in the Wisma Atlet COVID-19 Hospital
The Wisma Atlet Kemayoran COVID-19 emergency hospital in Jakarta reported that it is treating 561 inpatients as of Thursday morning, April 16, 2020.

Two drug couriers in South Sumatra sentenced to death
The Palembang District Court on Thursday awarded the death penalty to two drug couriers and sentenced one more person to life imprisonment for trafficking drugs.
— Antara News

Cases of recidivism raise concerns about early release policy
After being released to help prevent COVID-19 transmission in the country’s overcrowded prisons, a dozen inmates have found themselves incarcerated again for reoffending, in a blow to the government’s controversial early release policy.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister Says Farmers Ready to Harvest 19.8mn Tons of Rice
Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said that all rice production centers are currently entering the main harvest period.

Govt Scraps 9 Projects from List of National Strategic Programs
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto evaluated that nine of the National Strategic Programs (PSN) have been scrapped from the list, since the completion of the project extending further than 2024.

Indonesia: No tsunami warning after 5.8-magnitude quake
A magnitude 5.8 hit Indonesia’s North Maluku province on Thursday morning but no tsunami warning has been issued.
— Anadolu Agency
Telcos Demand Gov’t Relief as Pandemic Sheds Revenues From Corporate Customers
As working from home quickly becomes a new norm during the coronavirus pandemic and Indonesians burn through their internet bandwidth, telecommunication companies and internet providers on paper should be raking it in. But that could not be further from the truth.
— Jakarta Globe

Mayor projects Surabaya’s most OTGs potentially be COVID-19 positive
Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini has forecast that most asymptomatic patients (OTGs) in the East Java provincial capital will potentially test positive for the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— Antara News

Donation to COVID-19 Relief Reaches Rp200 bn: Task Force
The national COVID-19 task force announced it had received public donations totaling Rp200 billion.

Health Minister approves large-scale social restrictions in Makassar
Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto has approved the implementation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Makassar, South Sulawesi Province, as part of efforts to step up response to the novel coronavirus disease.
— Antara News

COVID-19: Indonesian students overseas urge govt to do more to flatten the curve
The Overseas Indonesian Students Association Alliance (PPI-Dunia) has urged the government to ramp up its measures against COVID-19 as it has seen no significant improvements being made in handling the crisis.
— The Jakarta Post

Seven Ministries to Develop Tourist Villages Around Lake Toba
Seven ministries will be working together to develop tourist villages around Lake Toba, one of the government’s premium tourist destinations.
— Jakarta Globe

Safe and Sound: Shielding Jakarta’s Newborns From Coronavirus
Rumah Sakit Ibu dan Anak Tambak, a children’s hospital in Menteng, Central Jakarta, has been putting on mini face shields on newborn babies to protect them from coronavirus infection.
— Jakarta Globe

Kalbe Farma Prepares Rp25bn to Help Fast-track PCR Tests
Kalbe Farma director Sie Djohan said the company wishes to participate in the efforts to contain Covid-19.

Jokowi Allows Ma’ruf Amin to Hire 10 Special Staffs
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had reportedly signed Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 56/2020 on the third amendment of Perpres No. 17/2012 concerning the president’s special envoy, president’s special staffs, and vice president’s special staffs.

Soekarno-Hatta Police Foil Smuggling of 2,217 Kg of Crystal Meth
The Soekarno-Hatta International Airport police’s drug unit foiled an attempt to smuggle 2,217 kilograms of crystal meth carried by two drug mules from Medan, North Sumatera on Tuesday, April 16, 2020.



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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on COVID-19 in Asean.


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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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