Indonesia morning news for April 28

Indonesia morning news for April 28
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Indonesia Eyes Return to Normal Life in July After Pandemic
Indonesians can expect to resume their normal life in July, with a ramp-up in testing and isolation of those affected expected to help the nation contain the pandemic, a senior official said.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia Currently Has Highest Covid-19 Mortality Rate in Asia
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Indonesia currently has the highest Covid-19 mortality rate in Asia, between 8–9 percent, owing to its poor public health management and regional disparities within its health system.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia could enter recession as virus response remains fractured, unclear: Economists
Indonesia’s economy may enter a recession and experience a much longer recovery than other countries in Southeast Asia if the government’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic remains “slow” and “amateurish”, economists have warned.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia reports 214 new coronavirus infections, 22 deaths
Indonesia’s number of reported cases of the coronavirus has risen by 214 to 9,096, health ministry official Achmad Yurianto said on Monday.
— The Guardian

Tax office keeps tax return deadline as filings plunge amid COVID-19
Indonesia’s tax office has decided to keep the annual tax return (SPTs) filing deadline of April 30 for individuals and firms as filings have dropped significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Islamic Development Prepares IDR 3.9 T Covid-19 Emergency Funds
Bank Pembangunan Islam (IsDB) is ready to disburse emergency funds to help Indonesia with Covid-19 relief.

Indonesia to maintain debt sustainability despite COVID-19 relief spending: ADB
Indonesia’s debt is expected to remain sustainable this year despite a steep increase in the planned issuance of government bonds to finance the country’s widening budget due to a big COVID-19 stimulus check, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has said.
— The Jakarta Post

11 foreign nationals undergo quarantine at Palembang’s ODP Center
The Jakabaring Athletes’ House (Wisma Atlet) in Palembang, currently functioning as South Sumatra Province’s center for treatment of people with the COVID-19 monitoring status (ODP), has received eight Bangladeshi nationals and three Sri Lankans.
— Antara News

COVID-19: Indonesians stranded abroad return home amid ‘mudik’ ban
With the help of diplomatic missions abroad, dozens of Indonesian citizens have been repatriated in the past week following flight restrictions imposed in some countries because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi fires child protection commissioner who made ‘pregnant from swimming pools’ claim
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has signed a decree on the immediate dismissal of Indonesian Child Protection Commission member Sitti Hikmawaty following her scientifically inaccurate claim that “strong sperm” could impregnate women in swimming pools.
— The Jakarta Post

Mudik Ban, State Apparatus Required to Report In Daily
The National Civil Service Agency (BKN) secretary Supranawa Yusuf said on Monday, April 27, 2020, that he had ordered staffing officers in state institutions to keep-track of state civil apparatuses (ASN) throughout the government ban on homecoming, or the ‘mudik ban’.

Indonesia readies 10,000 hospital beds for treating COVID-19 patients
Indonesia has readied 10 thousand beds at one thousand hospitals for patients, who contracted coronavirus nationwide in order to upgrade the capacity and quality of healthcare facilities, according to the National Task Force for COVID-19.
— Antara News

‘Mudik’ ban adds misery to already hurting airlines, bus companies
The government’s recent decision to ban the traditional Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) has added to the misery of Indonesia’s airlines and other public transportation companies whose businesses have been hammered by the COVID-19 epidemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Over 100 officials in Papua test positive for coronavirus
In a mass antibody rapid test conducted last week, 110 officials have tested positive for the coronavirus infection in Mimika District of Papua Province, the district chief said here today.
— Antara News

436,000 Reagents Distributed to Boost COVID-19 PCR Tests
The Indonesian spokesman for the handling of COVID-19 Achmad Yurianto, said that there are more than 436,000 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) reagents that have been distributed to a number of laboratories in Indonesia.

COVID-19: No new cases in 19 Indonesian provinces; 1,151 recoveries
With 44 more patients recovering from the novel coronavirus disease in the country, the total number of recoveries has reached 1,151 as of Monday, according to the Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Response.
— Antara News

Nearly 100 Malaysians who recently returned from Indonesia test positive for COVID-19
Nearly 100 Malaysian citizens with a recent travel history to Indonesia have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past month, Malaysian health authorities have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi’s Pre-Employment Card to Include Offline Courses: Minister
The government has always planned to provide offline training courses for job seekers in the government’s pre-employment card from the very beginning,
— Jakarta Globe

Depok Submits Request for PSBB Extension
Depok City Administration submitted a letter to the West Java Govenor, requesting an extension for the Large-Scale Social Restriction (PSBB) for the next 28 days.

Mudik Ban; Police: Alternative Routes Are Monitored Too
The National Police Traffic Corps Head Insp. Gen. Istiono confirmed that there were people who were caught passing alternative routes to return to their hometowns or villages, or locally known mudik, violating the government’s ban on homecoming which is aimed to contain the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Police: Recidivists cause Higher Crime Rate during PSBB
The Metro Jaya Police Chief Insp. General Nana Sudjana revealed that Jakarta experienced a 10 percent increase in crime rate as the city applies its large-scale social restriction (PSBB) policy.

Police Clarify ‘Nasi Anjing’ Food Controversy
The North Jakarta police have analyzed the content of the food aid that went viral in social media dubbed the “nasi anjing”, which translates to ‘dog rice’ which caused a stir after it was presented as food aid for residents in Tanjung Priok.

Minister Yasonna Laoly sued for granting parole during pandemic
Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly is being sued by civil society groups in Surakarta, Central Java, over his decision to give early release or parole to more than 30,000 inmates nationwide.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Navy intercepts more migrant workers returning from Malaysia through illegal routes
The Indonesian Navy intercepted 20 undocumented Indonesian migrant workers returning from Malaysia trying to sneak past border authorities through illegal routes in the early hours of the morning on Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post

Four-month old baby of migrant worker tests positive for COVID-19 in South Sumatra
A four-month old baby girl was among the 13 new confirmed COVID-19 cases announced in South Sumatra on Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

Preemployment card management defends program amid criticism
The management of the preemployment card, a government-funded unemployment benefit and skills training program, has defended the program following public criticism over conflicts of interest and a lack of transparency, with a spokesman pointing out that the program was “direct assistance” that did not involve procurement of goods and services.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Sees Fewer New Coronavirus Cases in Past Few Days
The number of new coronavirus infections has slowed down in Jakarta in the past few days, resulting in lower hospital admissions, something the National Covid-19 Task Force has described as “good news.”
— Jakarta Globe

Four of nine Indians in Yogyakarta test positive for COVID-19
Four of the nine Indian nationals in Sleman, Yogyakarta, tested positive for COVID-19 on the basis of the results of a swab test.
— Antara News

SOEs Ministry dismisses hoax on taking legal measure on aspersion
The State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry appealed to the public to not believe in false information circulating that the ministry will take legal measure over an aspersion of Minister Erick Thohir, an official stated on Monday.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s CV Sarana Multi Jaya exports seaweed to South Korea
CV Sarana Multi Jaya, an Indonesian micro, small and medium-scale enterprise, with the support of the Indonesian Trade Promotion Center (ITPC) in Busan, has continued to export seaweed to Korea.
— Antara News

Govt Assures Plenty of Rice Stocked for May
The Ministry of Agriculture has ensured the availability of rice throughout May 2020 to remain secure, as 3.5 million tons of rice have been stocked.

Indofarma: 70% of Ventilator Raw Materials Available Domestically
A number of state-owned companies (SOEs) were pushing for the production of medical devices needed in handling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global Sentiments Help Rupiah Climb to IDR 15,385 per USD
The rupiah closed today’s trade with a gain of 15 bps or 0.1 percent.

Jakarta’s Wisma Atlet treating 723 COVID-19 confirmed patients
The Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital in Kemayoran, Jakarta, is currently treating 837 patients, of which 723 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, while 114 others are categorized as patients and people under surveillance status.
— Antara News

Limited health facilities leave Papua facing tough COVID-19 fight
“I know this might sound harsh for some people but this is the fact; if you do not want to die, do not come to Papua,” Silwanus Sumule, a doctor who works in Jayapura, said in a recent phone interview with The Jakarta Post.
— The Jakarta Post

Budi Karya Recovers from COVID-19, Joins Cabinet Meeting
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi took part in a virtual Cabinet meeting led by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Monday, April 27, 2020.

Indonesian students in China should be cautious with study permits
The Indonesian Embassy in Beijing cautioned Indonesian students residing in mainland China or hometowns to not neglect duties to participate in their study programs through the online learning platforms to avoid revocation of study permits.
— Antara News

Indonesian bourse lowers expectations, pins hope on domestic investors amid volatility
The Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) has set lower targets on daily transaction values and newly listed companies this year while relying more on domestic investors to cushion the volatility of stocks as it faces tougher challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Siloam Launches Telemedicine, Home Care Services
Siloam International’s hospitals, one of the largest private hospital operators in Indonesia, has introduced telemedicine and home care services to patients on some of its hospitals as part of the hospital chain’s concerted move to mitigate the Covid-19 pandemic alongside the government’s programs.
— Jakarta Globe

Task Force Announces `United Against COVID-19` Information System
Chief of the National COVID-19 Task Force, Wiku Adisasmito, has announced the ‘United Against COVID-19’ integrated information system, geared to accelerate data collection on the pandemic throughout Indonesia.

Farm work continues in Central Sulawesi despite COVID-19 pandemic
Several farmers in Sigi District, Central Sulawesi Province, on Monday, highlighted the criticality of continuing to cultivate rice and other basic staples in farmlands amid the coronavirus crisis over the necessity to earn a living.
— Antara News

Boltim regent slams ministers for ‘stupid’ and ‘inconsistent’ COVID-19 relief policies
East Bolaang Mongondow (Boltim) Regent Sehan Salim Landjar in South Sulawesi is in the spotlight after expressing his disappointment toward President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo administration’s policies and social aid programs.
— The Jakarta Post



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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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