Indonesia morning news for April 20

Indonesia morning news for April 20
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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia Sees Rp 76t Deficit in Q1 Budget as Coronavirus Impact Begins to Hit
The Indonesian state budget saw a deficit of Rp 76.4 trillion, around $4.9 billion or 0.45 percent of the GDP, in the first quarter of the year, a figure the country’s finance minister described on Friday as the first visible major damage from the coronavirus pandemic on the economy.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s death toll may be double official figure: Doctors’ association
Indonesia’s death toll from the coronavirus has likely reached 1,000, nearly double the official figure of 582, Indonesian Doctors’ Association (IDI) chairman Daeng Faqih was quoted as saying on Saturday.
— Straits Times

Jokowi Calls on Districts to Boost Testing as Coronavirus Cases Surpass 6,000
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo instructed all governors, district heads and mayors to intensify screening for coronavirus in their respective regions as confirmed cases continued to grow and reached 6,248 on Saturday.
— Jakarta Globe

Nine killed in Indonesia mining accident
Nine people were killed by a landslide at an illegal gold mine in Sumatra, an Indonesian official said Sunday (Apr 19).

Indonesia draws up medical evacuation protocol for foreigners
The Indonesian Government has prepared a medical evacuation protocol for foreign nationals who wish to return to their home countries in wake of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, outbreak.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Recovered Cases Surpass COVID-19 Death Toll
The number of COVID-19 patients in Indonesia discharged from hospitals after making complete recovery from the virus that initially struck Wuhan City, China, at 2019-end has exceeded the death toll figure, a government official confirmed.

46 medical workers in Semarang contract COVID-19 after patients fail to reveal travel history
Forty-six medical workers at Dr. Kariadi General Hospital (RSUP) in Semarang, Central Java, have contracted COVID-19 after reportedly treating patients who had covered up their travel history to virus-hit regions.
— The Jakarta Post

MPR sounds alert on dengue fever surge
Deputy Chairperson of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Lestari Moerdijat has urged the government to give serious consideration to the recent spike in dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) cases in Indonesia, which now exceed 41 thousand.
— Antara News

Indonesia to issue larger tax breaks to cover 11 more sectors
Indonesia will issue larger tax breaks to cover 11 business sectors similar to the incentives given to manufacturing industries to help companies weather the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

New Covid-19 cluster emerges from students returning from Indonesia, says Health DG
A new Covid-19 cluster has emerged from students returning to Malaysia from Indonesia on April 16, says the Health Ministry.
— The Star

Six buildings used for quarantining Malaysia-returned migrant workers
The Social Affairs Ministry has readied six buildings in some regions to function as temporary shelters to quarantine Indonesian migrant workers, who had returned from Malaysia amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Realized state spending in 2020 first quarter reaches Rp462.4 trillion
The realized state spending in the first quarter of 2020 reached Rp462.4 trillion, constituting 17.8 percent of the targeted Rp2,540.4 trillion outlined in the 2020 state budget, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati stated.
— Antara News

Indonesia Confirms Support For WHO After US Stops Funding
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said Indonesia will continue supporting the World Health Organization especially in a time when the global community is fighting the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

S&P projects Indonesia’s economic growth at 1.8 percent in 2020
The international rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) projects that Indonesia’s economic growth will decrease to 1.8 percent this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, before improving strongly in the next one or two years.
— Antara News

Government to step up capacity of pre-employment card participants
The government will raise the capacity of participants and the budget for the pre-employment card program in the coming second phase in response to the high level of interest in the program among community members.
— Antara News

BKSDA Aceh probes death of young elephant found in oil palm plantation
The Aceh Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA Aceh) has started investigating the death of a Sumatran elephant found at an oil palm plantation in Ranto Peureulak in East Aceh regency, Aceh, the second case of its kind this month.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Greater Bandung to impose large-scale social restrictions on Wednesday
The West Java administration will officially begin enforcing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) for Greater Bandung starting Wednesday after being given the green light by the Health Ministry to limit public activities to curb the spread of COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesians greet Ramadan in sombre mood amid Covid-19 restrictions
The holy month of Ramadan is a time when religious fervour is high and many Muslims spend longer time at mosques or attending daily fast-breaking gatherings with families and friends.
— The Star

Rupiah strengthens to Rp15,438 per US dollar on Friday morning
The Indonesian rupiah strengthened against the US dollar in the Jakarta interbank market on Friday morning on the back of positive sentiment toward risk assets.
— Antara News

BI requires banks to buy govt bonds using $6.5b in excess liquidity
Bank Indonesia (BI) is requiring banks to buy government bonds after cutting banks’ reserve ratio further, providing the financial system with Rp 102 trillion (US$6.54 billion) in liquidity in a move that is expected to help the state fund the coronavirus battle.
— The Jakarta Post

Work from home: Security risks lurk in virtual meetings
Social media analyst Ismail Fahmi was answering questions from participants during a Zoom webinar last Thursday when he noticed something was off.
— The Jakarta Post

Sixty-six more KM Lambelu crewmen test positive for COVID-19 in Makassar
Sixty-six crew members of KM Lambelu have tested positive for COVID-19 after swab tests were conducted, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases of those who were aboard the ship to 92.
— The Jakarta Post

BI increases policy instruments to expand cashless transactions
Head of Bank Indonesia’s Bali branch Trisno Nugroho stated that the central bank had streamlined various instruments of the payment system policy to boost non-cash payment transactions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Six employees of Padang health centers test positive for COVID-19
Six employees of two health community centers (puskesmas) in Padang, capital of West Sumatra Province, tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), according to a local official.
— Antara News

Fisheries exports up amid COVID-19 pandemic: ministry
Indonesia’s fishery exports in the first quarter of 2020 increased as trade restrictions with China amid coronavirus concerns pushed businesses to find new markets, according to the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP).
— Antara News

AirAsia to Resume Operation in Indonesia on May 7
AirAsia Group is set to resume its domestic flights in several countries, including in Indonesia, which will be commenced on May 7.

Over 47 Thousand Jakartans Partake in COVID-19 Rapid Tests
The head of the Jakarta Health Agency’s Health Resources, Ani Pusparini, said in today’s press conference that 47,588 residents had undergone COVID-19 rapid tests.

Two-year-old tests positive for COVID-19 in Riau
There has been a rising trend in coronavirus infections in the Indonesian province of Riau, which has recorded 30 COVID-19 patients, including a two-year-old, as of Saturday, a local government official revealed.
— Antara News

Currency, Bond Markets Point to Return of Foreign Investors Confidence in Indonesia
The rupiah has appreciated for the last few days along with foreign capital inflow to government bonds, reflecting a return of investors’ confidence in the country’s financial stability amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Bank Indonesia Governor Perry Warjiyo said on Friday.
— Jakarta Globe

Siloam and Lippo Malls Launch Drive-Thru Covid-19 Rapid Testing Sites
Siloam Hospitals Group and Lippo Malls Indonesia have opened drive-through rapid testing sites for those who develop coronavirus-like symptoms but don’t want to go to hospital too soon.
— Jakarta Globe

Wishnutama Predicts Turning Point for Tourism Industry in 2021
Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy Wishnutama Kusubandio has asked businesses in the tourism sector to remain optimistic, as he predicts a turning point in the performance of the sector will be after the COVID-19 outbreak, in 2021.

Use of Village Funds Prioritized for COVID-19 Efforts: Official
The Indonesian Government is prioritizing the use of village funds, allocated from state and regional budgets, for measures to prevent and control the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a government official said.

At least nine hotels closed in SE Sulawesi due to COVID-19 outbreak
The Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) of Southeast Sulawesi chapter has revealed that at least nine hotels and several restaurants have been closed as they lost customers due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
— Antara News

Padang’s Main Market Becomes Center of COVID-19 Transmission
Padang’s main market, Pasar Raya, has become a center of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) transmission following a finding that 17 people were infected with the the virus in the market.

Jakarta Temporarily Suspends 23 Businesses for Violating PSBB
The Jakarta Employment, Transmigration and Energy Office has temporarily suspended 23 businesses in a sudden inspection on Thursday, April 16, for violating the Large Scale Social Restriction (PSBB) policy, geared to curb the COVID-19 outbreak.

Denpasar City government provides food to COVID-19 affected families
The government of Bali’s Denpasar City on Friday began distributing social aid, comprising basic food staples such as rice, sugar, oil, and milk, to families affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Antara News

Matahari Putra Prima Becomes First Modern Retailer to Get Halal Certification
The Indonesian Ulema Council Assessment Agency for Food, Drug and Cosmetics (LPPOM MUI) has recently issued a halal certificate for multi-format modern retailer Matahari Putra Prima or MPPA.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia needs spirit of ‘gotong royong’ in COVID-19 fight: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) on Saturday highlighted the importance of fostering the spirit of “gotong royong”, or mutual cooperation, to fight the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— Antara News

Moderate Earthquake Hits North Sulawesi’s Minahasa District
An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 hit Minahasa District, North Sulawesi Province, early Sunday but it did not potentially cause a tsunami, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

One shot dead, three arrested in North Sumatra drug bust
The North Sumatra police fatally shot a suspected drug dealer and arrested three others in a drug bust on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

Staying positive: A roundup of good COVID-19-related news
As COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to climb in Indonesia and large-scale social restrictions remain in place across the country, it is easy to lose sight of the positive developments in the struggle against the outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Task force’s sole female ambulance driver goes where others fear to tread
Nurse Ika Dewi Maharani knew when cases of COVID-19 started to climb that she needed to do something. While some might have thought twice about moving to Jakarta, the epicenter of the outbreak, Ika left her home in Surabaya, East Java, to volunteer in the battle against the deadly viral disease.
— The Jakarta Post

‘It’s fun!’: Underrated TVRI becomes students’ favorite during stay-at-home orders
More than 45 million Indonesians students are holed up at home for the rest of the academic year, as schools close to curb the spread of the COVID-19 disease.
— The Jakarta Post

Cops Hunt for 1 Detainee Escaped Kalideres Police
West Jakarta Resort Police Chief Sr. Commissioner Audie S. Latuheru said nine detainees have fled Kalideres Police Sector and most of them were immediately catched by the officers.

Semarang LBH condemns halt to yet another church project
A Baptist church has become the latest Christian construction project to be halted in Semarang, Central Java, following protests from non-Christian residents in a sign of growing religious intolerance among the majority Muslim population.
— The Jakarta Post

BKPM issues over 4,000 permits for health-related firms in early April
The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), which manages the national online single-submission system for business permit requests, has issued 4,042 operational or commercial permits for firms in the health sector as the country battles the COVID-19 outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

‘They need mental support’: RSPI Sulianti Saroso nurse shares experience treating COVID-19
Besides medical treatment, COVID-19 patients also need companionship, a nurse at the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital (RSPI) said.
— The Jakarta Post

Large Python Secured during Social Restriction Patrol in Depok
A two-meter-long phyton was found during the large-scale social restricions (PSBB) in Depok, West Java.

Kebon Pala flooded as Ciliwung River overflows
Kebon Pala residential area in Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta, was flooded on Sunday in the wee hours, as Ciliwung River spilled over its banks following heavy rains in Bogor, West Java, which is some 60 km from Jakarta.
— Antara News

Tens of homes catch fire in West Jakarta
Tens of homes in a densely-populated area in Taman Sari, West Jakarta, caught fire on Saturday night but no casualties nor injuries were reported.
— Antara News

Surabaya MSMEs produce thousands of masks, protective clothing day
Micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in East Java’s Surabaya City have been producing thousands of masks and personal protective equipment per day since mid March 2020 to help the government contain the spread of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— Antara News

Parents, teachers keep up with study-from-home schedules
With her two children at home on account of the coronavirus pandemic, Puspita, 35, is following a brand new routine nowadays which involves posting WhatsApp updates about her kids performing school-related tasks at home.
— Antara News

East Jakarta police arrest four teenagers in possession of machetes
The East Jakarta Police’s Eagle (Rajawali) team members seized several machetes from four teenagers, who were apprehended on Friday amid the Jakarta provincial government’s endeavor to enforce large-scale social restriction measures in the capital city.
— 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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