Indonesia morning news for April 22

Indonesia morning news for April 22
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Indonesia morning news Jokowi Imposes National Ban on `Mudik`
After much criticism, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has finally decided to impose a national ban on mudik or homecoming ahead of the coming Lebaran, or Eid al-Fitr Day, in a bid to curb the COVID-19 outbreak which has recorded 6,760 positive cases in Indonesia.

Double whammy: Indonesia DHF cases rise amid COVID-19 pandemic
As Indonesia medical personnel grapple with a galloping COVID-19 outbreak a familiar harbourer of death and debilitation to the archipelago has been silently chalking up an increasing number of victims, with hardly any of the media attention; dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF).
— AEC News Today

Indonesia reports 375 new coronavirus infections, 26 deaths (latest)
Indonesia reported 375 new Covid-19 (coronavirus) infection cases on Tuesday (April 21), taking the total in the South-East Asian country to 7,135.
— The Star

Indonesia Hires Tankers to Store Fuel While Seeking Bargains
Indonesia is hiring tankers to store refined fuels at sea as it seeks to take advantage of plunging prices of oil products such as gasoline and diesel.
— Yahoo Finance

Passenger vehicles to be prohibited from red zones under ‘mudik’ ban
The Indonesian Transportation Ministry has decided to ban public and private vehicles carrying travelers headed home for Eid al-Fitr from passing through COVID-19 red zones.
— Antara News

Indonesia to evaluate partial lockdown as companies, factories continue business as usual
The Indonesian government is set to evaluate the implementation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) as many non-essential workplaces are still ignoring the policies and requiring their workers to come in for work amid physical distancing requirements needed to curb the further transmission of COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Indonesia locks quarantine violators in ‘haunted house’
Fed up with people breaking virus quarantine rules, one Indonesian politician has decided to scare rulebreakers straight by locking them in a “haunted house”.

Indonesia revises industrial growth target downwards to 2.6 percent
Indonesian Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita has revised the growth target for the industrial sector for 2020 to 2.5-2.6 percent from 5.3 percent on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Dozens of Indonesian migrant workers caught returning from Malaysia via illegal routes
Dozens of Indonesian migrant workers returning from Malaysia have been caught attempting to sneak past border authorities via illegal routes.
— The Jakarta Post

356 Indonesians repatriated from Thailand after flights suspended
The Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok repatriated 356 Indonesians mostly stranded following Thailand’s policy to suspend international commercial flights to the country from April 4 to April 30, 2020.
— Antara News

95 aircraft parked at Indonesian airports as virus puts airlines’ operations on halt
According to state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I (AP I), 95 planes from various airlines are parked at its 11 airports across Indonesia for long-stay periods.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Indonesia to export PPE to South Korea as compensation for raw materials
Indonesia must export ready-to-use personal protective equipment (PPE) to South Korea as a form of compensation after the government bought raw materials from the country to meet domestic PPE production needs, COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo said on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: East Java village under quarantine after 43 ‘santri’ test positive in Malaysia
The Magetan regency administration in East Java has decided to quarantine Temboro village, home to Al Fatah Pesantren (Islamic boarding school) and its more than 20,000 santri (Islamic boarding school students), after 43 tested positive for COVID-19 in Malaysia.
— The Jakarta Post

Police to Block Access in Jakarta Borders following Mudik Ban
The National Police are set to block off roads in Jakarta borders following the government’s policy on the prohibition of this year’s Eid mass exodus or mudik using either public or private vehicles.

Hunger hits as many Indonesians struggle during COVID-19 pandemic
As the COVID-19 pandemic strikes the Indonesian economy, with almost 3 million people having lost their jobs and 70 million at risk of losing income because of physical distancing, many people, especially among the poor and informal workers, are worried about escaping not only from the disease but also from starvation.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Weapons maker Pindad develops ventilators, protective gear
State-owned weapons manufacturer Pindad has developed several medical devices and equipment to boost the country’s capacity in the fight against coronavirus amid great demand of supplies in view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases.
— The Jakarta Post

Economist envisages 2020 tax revenue to touch Rp1,223.2 trillion
Research Coordinator at Danny Darussalam Tax Center (DDTC) Denny Vissaro has projected this year’s tax revenue to reach Rp1,218.3 trillion to Rp1,223.2 trillion, or some 97.2 percent to 97.6 percent of the government’s outlook.
— Antara News

Laid-off workers to benefit from Pre-Employment Card Program
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has triggered massive layoffs globally, including Indonesia, hammering industries, particularly in the tourism sector, and forcing closures of schools, hotels, restaurants, amusement centers, and factories, and people to stay home.
— Antara News

East Nusa Tenggara closes three border checkpoints with Timor Leste
The East Nusa Tenggara Province has shut down three border checkpoints with Timor Leste in a bid to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the province.
— Antara News

Jakarta Govt Prepares 136 Schools as Isolation Area for COVID-19
The Jakarta Government Education Office is readying preparations to utilize 136 schools as an isolation area for COVID-19 patients, as stipulated in the official letter numbered 4443 / -1,772.1 from the Chief of Education Office, Nahdiana.

Live export cattle prices crash, with steers to Indonesia fetching $2.60/kg as COVID-19 crisis bites
The Indonesian feeder steer price out of Darwin, is sitting at around $2.60 a kilogram, which is well down on the record $4 a kilo that was paid just last month.
— ABC News

30 Indonesians in 15 US states test positive for COVID-19
As many as 30 Indonesian citizens tested positive for COVID-19 in 15 US states that are in the work area of the Indonesian Consulate General (KJRI) based in New York.
— Antara News

IDI Urges Govt to Hold At Least 1.5mn COVID-19 Tests
The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) demanded the government immediately enhance its effort to detect the coronavirus infection in a bid to break the chain of the COVID-19 transmission.
Jokowi wants essentials to be available at reasonable prices
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has instructed the Ministry of Trade and related institutions to ensure that basic necessities are available to the people at affordable prices.
— Antara News

FDI Drops in Q1, But No Project Cancellations From Pandemic Just Yet
Foreign direct investment in Indonesia fell in the first quarter of this year, forcing the government to consider the possibility of missing its investment targets this year as projects are delayed by the coronavirus crisis, the government’s top investment official said on Monday.
— Jakarta Globe

Online survey shows 12 percent respondents keen to embark on ‘mudik’
While Indonesia has banned citizens from returning to their hometowns for Idul Fitri this year, in an online survey of 2,437 people, around 12 percent of respondents have expressed their keenness to embark on ‘mudik’.
— Antara News

Indonesian Travel Blogger Stuck in Argentina During Coronavirus Lockdown
Never in a million years did I think I would ever get stranded in a foreign country while gallivanting my way around the globe.
— Jakarta Globe

62,000 Jakarta Residents Undergo COVID-19 Rapid Test
“A total of 62,100 people have undergone rapid tests with 2,248 tested positives,” said Jakarta COVID-19 Task Force member Ani Ruspitawati at a press conference in Jakarta, on Tuesday, April 21.

Do not create lines while distributing donations, Baznas tells donors, charities
The National Alms Agency (Baznas) has reminded its agencies across the nation to help campaign against donation distribution involving mass gatherings during the COVID-19 health crisis.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Has Enough Rice to Last Pandemic: Bulog
The head of the Indonesian Bureau of Logistics, or Bulog, Budi Waseso, said on Monday that Indonesia has enough supply of rice to last during the coronavirus pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

Taiwan Charity Donates Medical Equipment Including Ventilators to Indonesian Government
Indonesia received a shipment of medical equipment donated by Taiwanese non-profit charity, the Ishihara Charity Foundation, on Monday.
— Jakarta Globe

169 People Exposed to Coronavirus as an Employee Dies of COVID-19
Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Minister Basuki Hadimuljono reported the spread of the novel coronavirus within his ministry, admitting there was an employee who died from the disease caused by the virus or COVID-19 that attacks the respiratory system.

34 Jakarta Businesses Shut Down for Violating Social Restriction
The department’s chief, Andri Yansah, said on Tuesday they had to force-close the companies until the PSBB period is over by April 23.

Masterplan for New Capital Postponed, Bappenas: Not All Bad News
The National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) Deputy for Regional Development, Rudy Soeprihadi Prawiradinata, stated that the postponement of the masterplan for the new capital has also resulted in positive impacts.

Bekasi Terminal Sees Over 45,000 Homecomers in March 2020
Bekasi Transportation Agency recorded the number of travelers going through the city’s terminal reached 45,354 people throughout March 2020 alone.

PDIP Politician Calls for Elimination of Death Penalty
The House of Representatives’ (DPR) Commission I member Charles Honoris said that the death penalty in Indonesia must be abolished immediately.

AJI Receives 23 Complaints from Journalists on Coronavirus Layoff
The Jakarta Independent Journalists Alliance (AJI) reported that there are 23 journalists that filed complaints and fell victim to layoff from a number of mass media during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Health Minister Approves Surabaya, Sidoarjo PSBB Proposals
Minister of Health Terawan Agus Putranto has approved the enactment of the large-scale social restriction (PSBB) policy, proposed by East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa for Surabaya, Sidoarjo Regency and Gresik Regency.

SOEs Board of Directors’ THR Redirected to Handle Coronavirus
State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir announced that the board of directors and commissioners in SOEs will not be receiving annual holiday allowance or THR this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quarantined Indonesians take to social media, television airwaves to celebrate Kartini Day
With Indonesians prevented from celebrating Kartini Day to the full extent with festive parades and group competitions due to COVID-19, many have taken the celebration to the virtual realm by sharing social media posts, while others marked the occasion by watching a special television program.
— The Jakarta Post

Pertamina May Lose 51 Percent of Profit, Says President Director
PT Pertamina (Persero) estimates a potential profit loss of up to 51 percent or around US$1.12 billion from the 2020 Work and Budget Plan (RKAP).

Ma’ruf Amin extends Kartini Day wishes to Indonesian women
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin extended his wishes to all Indonesian women on Kartini Day and urged them to help reduce stunting in children, a major national concern.
— Antara News

Toddler in Sukabumi dies after accidentally drinking disinfectant
A two-year-old toddler from Sukabumi, West Java, died after drinking disinfectant on Monday night. The victim’s family said the toddler drank the disinfectant after mistaking it for mineral water.
— The Jakarta Post



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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on World Book and Copyright Day, April 23


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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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