Indonesia morning news for April 7

Indonesia morning news for April 7
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Indonesia announces biggest daily rise in COVID-19 cases, 24 doctors now dead
Indonesia announced its biggest daily increase in novel coronavirus cases on Monday (Apr 6) and a medical association said 24 doctors had now died after contracting the virus.

Indonesia ranks among world’s worst in coronavirus testing rate, together with Ethiopia, Bangladesh
Only 36 in every million people are being tested for the coronavirus in Indonesia, making it the fourth worst in testing rate among countries with a 50 million population or above, pandemic data site Worldometer has revealed.
— Straits Times

Exclusive: Jump in Jakarta funerals raises fears of unreported coronavirus deaths
The number of funerals in Jakarta rose sharply in March, a development the governor of Indonesia’s capital city said suggested that deaths from the new coronavirus may be higher than officially reported.
— Reuters

Coronavirus Bali: Australian tourist hotspot on brink of collapse
It’s one of the most popular places for Australians to travel to, with the holiday hotspot of Bali welcoming around 1.2 million of us each year.

Blow to the Budget: Gov’t Expects Deficit as Covid-19 Stimulus Erodes Revenue
The government is now expecting a $52 billion blow to its budget this year – the highest ever on record – as the Covid-19 pandemic wreaks havoc on Southeast Asia’s largest economy, eroding the state revenue as the government is forced to issue a massive stimulus package to keep the economy afloat.
— Jakarta Globe

Govt Issues Circular on Ramadan, Eid Prayers at Home
Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi issued a circular on the guidelines for prayers during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr 1441 Hijri amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Govt to Impose Sanctions on Social Restriction Violators
Doni Monardo, the Chief of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19 Task Force, announced today, April 6, that people violating rules noted in the large-scale social restriction or PSBB order would be sanctioned.

Jakarta Finally Has Deputy Governor After 20 Months
Great Indonesia Movement Party, or Gerindra, politician Riza Patria won an overwhelming majority of the votes in the Jakarta Legislative Council election on Monday to fill the Jakarta deputy governor post vacated by Sandiaga Uno 20 months ago.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s factory activity at record low as COVID-19 paralyzes business
Indonesian manufacturing output fell off a cliff in March as the government imposed stricter measures to contain the COVID-19, a survey has showed.
— The Jakarta Post

Healthy Indonesians Should Wear Masks to Prevent Coronavirus: Gov’t
The government is now telling Indonesians to wear some type of nose and mouth covering at all times in public places in an attempt to curb the spread of Covid-19, reversing its earlier advice that healthy people do not need to wear a mask amid a shortage of protective equipment for medical workers.
— Jakarta Globe

COVID-19 fast response team calls on dentists, ENTs to stop operating amid pandemic
The government’s COVID-19 fast response team has asked the Health Ministry to call on dentists and otolaryngologists to close their practices temporarily in order to avoid being infected by the virus.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to issue Rp 450 trillion in ‘pandemic bonds’ to finance COVID-19 fight
Indonesia will raise nearly Rp 450 trillion (US$27.21 billion) in “pandemic bonds” to finance the country’s efforts to combat the health crisis and economic turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as demand for government bonds has declined, an official document shows.
— The Jakarta Post

No plan to release corruption inmates over COVID-19 fears: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) clarified that inmates convicted in corruption cases were barred from being released as part of the measures to curtail the risk of mass coronavirus transmission in overcrowded detention facilities.
— Antara News

Research Ministry Produces 100,000 COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits
Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said his ministry was developing test kits for the initial screening and diagnosis of the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 in the country.

Police must respect principles of due process of law: legislator
The police must respect principles of due process of law in its fight against those creating and proliferating hate speeches, slander, and hoaxes targeting Indonesia’s president and government officials regarding COVID-19 issues, a legislator stated.
— Antara News

Syarifuddin Elected as Chief Justice
The Supreme Court’s judiciary deputy, Syarifuddin, was elected as the new chief justice in an internal election on Monday to replace Hatta Ali who will reach retirement age on May 1.
— Jakarta Globe

Hundreds of Thousands Jakarta Workers Laid Off During Pandemic
Hundreds of thousands of workers in Jakarta have been laid off, put on unpaid forced leave or are working reduced hours during the Covid-19 epidemic.
— Jakarta Globe

ADB projects Indonesia’s economy to grow 2.5% in 2020
Indonesia’s economy is expected to grow by only 2.5 percent this year, from a four-year low of 5.02 percent in 2019, according to a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report. The situation, caused largely by the COVID-19 outbreak, is expected to gradually improve in 2021.
— The Jakarta Post

Tourism will take at least a year to recover from COVID-19 outbreak: Economists
Indonesia’s tourism sector, the industry hardest-hit by COVID-19, is projected to take a long time to recover, although the pandemic is expected to slow down in the third quarter this year, economists and business players estimate.
— The Jakarta Post

Consumer optimism in March remained positive: BI
Bank Indonesia (BI) Consumer Survey in March 2020 showed consumer optimism remained positive, mirrored in the Consumer Confidence Index (IKK) staying at an optimistic level of 113.8, albeit not as upbeat as 117.7 in February.
— Antara News

State revenue to contract 10% as businesses suffer, tax incentives take effect: Sri Mulyani
State revenue is expected to nosedive this year as the government rolls out tax incentives, including corporate income tax cuts, amid the COVID-19 outbreak that has triggered declines in commodity prices and business output.
— The Jakarta Post

BNPB confirms COVID-19 data discrepancy between central, regional govts
National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Agus Wibowo says that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases the central government has been publishing did not match the figures that regional administrations were reporting.
— The Jakarta Post

Rating agencies downgrade Indonesian companies on debt repayment concerns amid COVID-19
International rating agencies are questioning Indonesian companies’ ability to repay their debts and have consequently downgraded their ratings and outlooks amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry imposes import relaxation on PPE, health equipment
Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto has imposed relaxation on export and import regulation on health equipment and personal protection equipment (PPE), as a strategic move to solve the problem of their scarcity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Sri Mulyani: 95,000 People Predicted to Contract COVID-19 in May
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus in Indonesia was expected to reach its peak at the end of May 2020 with the number of patients amounting to 95,000 people.

16 Indonesian musicians release song inspired by COVID-19
Sixteen Indonesian musicians have collaborated on a song titled Menjaga Dunia (Safeguarding the World), dedicated to those battling the coronavirus pandemic in Indonesia and the rest of the world.
— Antara News

Thousands Detained for Gatherings amid Social Restriction
The National Police announced that it has acted upon three thousand people in East Java who violated the social restrictions amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by forming public gatherings.

Ministry postpones Trade Expo Indonesia 2020 over COVID-19 fears
The Trade Ministry has decided to postpone the Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI) 2020, scheduled in September, to stem the further transmission of COVID-19.
— Antara News

Sinar Mas to produce 1.8 million masks per month to meet rising demand
Paper producer Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), a subsidiary of diversified conglomerate Sinar Mas Group, is planning to locally produce masks through one of its subsidiary’s factories in Banten to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

NU, Muhammadiyah advise public to skip ‘mudik’ in time of coronavirus
Two of Indonesia’s largest mass Muslim organizations, Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah, have advised people against participating in the annual Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) in May, arguing it would exacerbate the spread of COVID-19 throughout the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Large-scale social distancing yet to be practiced fully: legislator
A legislator opined that the government’s large-scale social restriction and distancing policies to stem the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) had yet to be implemented optimally in several parts of Indonesia, including Jakarta.
— Antara News

639 People in Jakarta Buried under COVID-19 Protocol
The Jakarta Forestry and Funeral Service confirmed that it had buried 639 bodies according to the safety protocol for COVID-19 victims.

President calls to expedite lab examinations for COVID-19 detection
President Joko Widodo has urged government officials to expedite laboratory examinations to detect COVID-19 to ensure prompt identification and treatment of cases of coronavirus infection.
— Antara News

Consumers drawn to hygiene products, online fitness as pandemic spreads
A consumer survey in Indonesia has shown that people are buying more health and hygiene products and trying online fitness classes as the coronavirus continues to spread.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: IDI calls for govt to improve healthcare facilities in regions prone to infections
The Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) has called on the government to increase healthcare capacities in regions outside Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19 Task Force Explains Criteria of Self Isolation
Spokesperson for the COVID-19 Task Force, Achmad Yurianto, explained the range of conditions that stipulates an individual to carry out self isolation, in order to prevent COVID-19 transmission.

Herbal goods company Sido Muncul to donate Rp 15 billion in pandemic aid
Publicly listed manufacturer PT Industri Jamu Dan Farmasi Sido Muncul is set to donate Rp 15 billion (US$906,645) in aid to help Indonesia tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Police to safeguard food availability during COVID-19 pandemic
National Police Chief General Pol Idham Azis has issued a telegram letter containing guidelines for implementation of the criminal investigation department’s functions pertaining to food availability and distribution processes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Police arrest illegal bird trader for smuggling hundreds of songbirds from Riau to Jambi
Investigators at the West Tanjungjabung Police have arrested a bird trader for allegedly smuggling hundreds of songbirds, including species listed as protected, from Riau to Jambi on Saturday evening.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Pertamina Foundation provides lunch for healthcare workers at referral hospital
The Pertamina Foundation has been providing lunches for healthcare workers at Pertamina General Hospital in Jakarta since March 16 and will continue to do so for the next three weeks.
— The Jakarta Post

Thohir formulates steps for SOEs to safeguard economy against COVID-19
State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir remains committed to safeguarding the resilience of SOEs in facing the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Government asks mass media to oversee distribution of protective gear
The Indonesian Government, through the COVID-19 task force, has invited the mass media to help oversee the distribution of protective and medical equipment to hospitals, including those that are not handling coronavirus patients currently.
— Antara News

Traditional Markets Offer Online and Phone Orders amid Pandemic
Six traditional markets located in West Java’s Depok City have adapted to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by adopting trade services that negate the need for physical presence, which goes in line with the government’s social distancing policy.

Coronavirus Emergency, Tanah Abang Market Postpones Reopening
Tanah Abang Market management announced this morning that the market which is one of Southeast Asia’s busiest textile market will remain closed following the extension of the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency period.

Tiger kills North Sumatra farmer in Mt. Leuser National Park
A 42-year-old farmer was mauled to death by a Sumatran tiger in the encroached forest area of Mount Leuser National Park in Langkat regency, North Sumatra over the weekend.
— The Jakarta Post



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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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