Indonesia morning news for April 2

Indonesia morning news for April 2

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia slashes growth forecast by more than half on coronavirus
Indonesia slashed its growth forecast by more than half as the coronavirus pandemic takes a toll on South-east Asia’s biggest economy, prompting the government to adopt a series of emergency measures.
— Straits Times

Bali declares state of emergency
Indonesia’s tourist hotspot Bali has declared a state of emergency after a rise in positive covid-19 cases including local transmission.
— Travel Mole

84 health workers, including two pregnant women, test positive for COVID-19 in Jakarta
The Jakarta administration has reported that 84 medical staff, who work in 30 hospitals and one clinic across the capital, tested positive for the coronavirus amid a nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia confirms 149 new COVID-19 cases, 21 more deaths
Indonesia confirmed 149 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday (Apr 1), taking the total number of cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,677, a health ministry official said.

Indonesia set to open emergency coronavirus hospital on uninhabited island
Indonesia will by next week open a new coronavirus emergency hospital on the uninhabited island of Galang, where authorities have repurposed a former Vietnam war era refugee camp as part of efforts to rapidly augment healthcare capacities.
— Reuters

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Indonesia to offer exemptions from temporary ban on foreigners
The government will provide exemptions to the temporary ban on foreign arrivals and transits, set to come into operation on midnight Thursday, aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s inflation under control, at 0.10 percent in March 2020
Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) recorded Indonesia’s inflation rate at 0.10 percent in March 2020 (month-on-month), so inflation for the calendar year of March 2020 reached 0.76 percent, while March 2020 annual inflation touched 2.96 percent.
— Antara News

Indonesian entrepreneur develops FDA-approved rapid self-test kit priced at US$10 for COVID-19
Santo Purnama, co-founder of Singapore-based biotech startup Sensing Self, has developed a rapid self-test kit for COVID-19, for people who want to test themselves at the comfort of their homes.
— e27

Rapid tests prioritized for migrant workers returning from Malaysia
Riau Governor Syamsuar has called on the provincial government’s health workers to prioritize the administration of rapid test kits on Indonesian migrant workers returning home from Malaysia owing to the neighboring country’s lockdown policy.
— Antara News

Indonesia bans foreigners as study warns 240,000 could die from coronavirus
A study has warned that without action almost a quarter of a million Indonesians could die from COVID-19 by the end of the month.
— ABC News

Explainer: BI to throw lifeline to Indonesia’s economy to fight COVID-19
The central bank will be able to buy debt papers directly issued by the government so that the state budget can be used to bail out businesses that face the greatest risk of being affected by the economic shock driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, a new regulation has shown.
— The Jakarta Post

Lawmakers Urge Police to Collaborate With Government Agencies During Pandemic
awmakers at the House of Representatives have urged the National Police to improve coordination with the government, the Covid-19 Task Force, the Military and other institutions involved in coronavirus mitigation in Indonesia.
— Jakarta Globe

Government braces for increasing medical waste during pandemic
As medical workers treat more and more COVID-19 patients, concerns are growing over how to deal with the medical waste that is expected to pile up.
— The Jakarta Post

Pandemic Cuts Indonesia’s Foreign Tourist Arrivals by 30%
The number of foreign tourists entering Indonesia in February 2020 declined sharply compared to January, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Govt: Territorial Quarantine Noted in Social Restriction Policy
Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud Md said territorial quarantine had already been included in the Government Regulation or PP concerning large-scale social restrictions.

Indonesia taxes tech companies through new regulation
The Indonesian government has officially assumed the authority to tax digital companies operating in the country following the issuance of a new government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Presidential Office Explains Reasons Behind Social Restriction
The Presidential Office announced Wednesday, April 1, that the decision taken by President Jokowi for imposing a national-scale social restriction, or PSBB, under Government Regulation No. 21/2020 is deemed the most rational policy to suppress the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Indonesia Releases 5,556 Inmates to Prevent Outbreak in Prisons
Indonesia released thousands of inmates from jail on Wednesday, April 1. The Minister of Law and Security, Yasonna Laoly, said that as per 11:00 Jakarta time 5,556 inmates were released to prevent Covid19 outbreaks in prisons.

Jokowi stresses on national cooperation to contain COVID-19
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) reiterated the significance of close cooperation between central and regional governments to thwart the spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia.
— Antara News

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Bank Indonesia Set to Buy Gov’t Recovery Bonds
Bank Indonesia, the country’s central bank, has said it may buy government bonds in the primary market to help the government plug a swelling budget deficit during the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

COVID-19; Tourism Ministry Activates Integrated Crisis Center
The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy (Kemenparekraf) has continued to activate an Integrated Crisis Center since the COVID-19 outbreak, as a communication channel for the community, geared to dampen the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector and the creative economy.

Bank Indonesia: Capital Outflow Rp167.9tn from January
Bank Indonesia (BI) governor Perry Warjiyo said that the capital outflow recorded since Covid-19 hits Indonesia has reached Rp167.9 trillion.

Riau Islands company sees live pig exports to Singapore double after Malaysia’s COVID-19 lockdown
A company in Riau Islands has seen its live pig exports to Singapore double after Malaysia imposed a COVID-19 lockdown on March 18.
— The Jakarta Post

Civil emergency measures will not be implemented to fight COVID-19: Mahfud
The government has stated will not enforce civil emergency measures after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced a public health emergency and signed a government regulation (PP) to impose large-scale social restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Barito Pacific donates Rp 30 billion worth of medical devices to hospitals
Diversified petrochemical giant PT Barito Pacific Tbk plans to donate Rp 30 billion (US$1.8 million) worth of medical devices to help a number of hospitals in Jakarta, Banten and West Java treat COVID-19 patients.
— The Jakarta Post

Two hospital directors die of COVID-19 as Indonesian doctors call for transparency
The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) has announced that two more doctors died after contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus during their service battling the pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian cruise crew arrives in Bali from virus-hit Italy, tests negative for COVID-19
A total of 316 Indonesian crew members of the MSC Splendida cruise ship from Genoa, Italy, have been repatriated to Indonesia from the coronavirus-hit European country and arrived in Bali’s provincial capital of Denpasar on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Policymaker impunity in spotlight as Indonesia prepares COVID-19 crisis protocol
Indonesia is strengthening its financial crisis protocol in a new regulation that will provide policymakers with immunity from criminal charges when issuing policies deemed necessary to safeguard the economy as recessionary risks rise in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Adira Finance to pay Rp 1 trillion in dividends for 2019 financial year
Automotive financing company PT Adira Dinamika Multi Finance (Adira Finance), a subsidiary of PT Bank Danamon Indonesia, will distribute to its shareholders dividends totaling Rp 1.05 trillion (US$64.46 million), about 50 percent of the company’s net profits in 2019.
— The Jakarta Post

Government allocates $209m for electricity discounts
The government has allocated Rp 3.5 trillion (US$209.8 million) to provide free electricity and discounts to Indonesia’s lower-income households to help them get through the economic shocks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Gojek to import masks, distribute staple goods to help drivers endure pandemic
Homegrown ride-hailing app Gojek has received a permit from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) and the Health Ministry to import 5 million masks to be distributed to its motorbike drivers and the country’s healthcare providers.
— The Jakarta Post

Jamaluddin murder trial opens, defendants face death penalty
The defendants accused of killing judge Jamaluddin are facing capital punishment as their trial for premeditated murder opened on Tuesday at the late judge’s court, the Medan District Court.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: KAI cancels additional trains to Yogyakarta, Central Java, East Java
State-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) has cancelled additional long-distance trains routes to various destinations in Yogyakarta, Central Java and East Java in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt Claims No Prisoners Have Contracted Coronavirus
Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly on Wednesday claims that due to the quick response from officials implementing strict health protocol, there have yet been any prisoners to this day that has contracted the coronavirus (COVID-19).

One dies, hundreds flee their homes as floods inundate Bandung
Heavy downpour that lasted hours on Monday evening has caused floods that inundated at least 9,285 houses in six districts of Bandung regency, West Java, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes and causing at least one fatality.
— The Jakarta Post

Central Java launches online map detailing COVID-19 spread
The Central Java administration has launched an online map detailing the spread of the coronavirus in regions across the province as part of an effort to provide accurate information to the public regarding the scale of local contagion.
— The Jakarta Post

Candidates narrowed down for KPK enforcement deputy director, other positions
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has narrowed down the number of candidates for several key positions within the commission, including the law enforcement deputy director and the investigation director.
— The Jakarta Post

Regions start enforcing curfews to flatten Indonesia’s COVID-19 curve
As coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to spread across the country, some regions have decided to impose a curfew to restrict social activities and the further spread of the virus that causes the disease.
— The Jakarta Post

From raincoats to video calls, COVID-19 adds unusual wrinkle to typical Indonesian weddings
Apart from hitting the economy hard and throwing the entire healthcare system into disarray, the novel coronavirus pandemic has also served as a particularly unprecedented hindrance to many Indonesian couples who hoped to tie the knot in the recent weeks.
— The Jakarta Post

Nurse of Gatot Surboto Army Hospital dies in isolation ward
A surgical nursing staff of the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD), only identified as S, died while undergoing treatment at the hospital’s isolation ward on Tuesday evening, Indonesian Nurses Association (PPNI) Chairman Harif Fadhillah stated.
— Antara News

Bank Mandiri offering life insurance to health workers: SOE minister
State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir affirmed that major state-owned financial institution Bank Mandiri had offered life insurance to health workers, including doctors and nurses, partaking in the efforts to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
— Antara News

Coronavirus and Refugee
On March 11, 2020, World Health Organization (WHO) declared coronavirus a pandemic. The declaration was announced by Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, asking all countries to be implementing strategic combination of both containment and mitigation measures.

Erick Thohir Applauds Medics in Forefront Battle against COVID-19
The State-Owned Enterprise Minister Erick Thohir on Wednesday conveyed his appreciation for the country’s medical workers in the frontline of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which he also deems as an act of sacrifice.

Indonesia’s BNN destroys 1.3 tons cannabis, 86.95 kg crystal meth
Indonesia’s National Narcotics Agency (BNN) destroyed 1.3 tons of marijuana, 86.95 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, 68.24 grams of heroin, and 35,582 ecstasy pills in the yard of its headquarters in East Jakarta on Tuesday.
— 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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