Indonesia morning news for July 16

Indonesia morning news for July 16
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Indonesia sees biggest daily jump of COVID-19 deaths
Indonesia reported 87 new coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, its biggest daily jump, bringing the total number of fatalities to 3,797, its health ministry said.
— The Guardian

Indonesia Closes in on China as Coronavirus Cases Cross 80,000
Indonesia is catching up China in the global ranking of confirmed coronavirus cases, as Southeast Asia’s biggest country reported a total of 80,094 cases on Wednesday, 1,522 more from the previous day.
— Jakarta Globe

Government, lawmakers set 2021 state budget deficit at up to 4.7% of GDP
The government and the House of Representatives have agreed in principle on 2021 state budget assumptions with a deficit of 4.7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) to bolster the economy from the coronavirus-induced recession.
— The Jakarta Post

High-ranking Police Investigated in Joko Tjandra Case
Police Brigadier General Prasetyo Utomo, on Wednesday, had reportedly been detained at a ‘special detention room’ for 14-days upon undergoing police investigation which involves him issuing a permit for longtime fugitive Joko Tjandra without going through the proper clearance.

Flash floods kill at least 21, displace hundreds in Indonesia
Flash floods and landslides have killed at least 21 people and displaced hundreds in a district on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, officials at the country’s disaster mitigation agency said on Wednesday (Jul 15).

Indonesia records US$1.27 billion trade surplus in June 2020
Indonesia posted a trade surplus of US$1.27 billion in June 2020, as exports rose to $12.03 billion and imports to $10.76 billion, Head of the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) Suhariyanto stated.
— Antara News

Ministry issues guide on health protocols for hotels, restaurants
The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy and the Tourism and Creative Economy Board have released a guide outlining health protocols for the hotel and restaurant sectors.
— Antara News

Immigration Preps QR Code Tech to Track Foreigners
The Immigration Director-General Jhoni Ginting said that he was waiting for the Presidential Regulation on the use of QR (quick response) codes as a surveillance system to track foreign citizens in the country.

Eijkman, Bio Farma Aim to Distribute Covid-19 Vaccine Next Year
The Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology (LBM) targets the Covid-19 vaccine, named ‘Merah Putih’ or ‘Red and White’, would be made available for the public at the end of 2021.

Indonesia seeks to conclude trade negotiation with EU next year to bolster recovery
Indonesia hopes to conclude negotiations for a trade agreement with the European Union next year to bolster the country’s economic recovery after the pandemic, but policies on palm oil remain a major sticking point.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s ‘new normal’ immigration policy may break families apart
Starla Wehrli and Rio welcomed their first child on June 4, a day that marked the beginning of their new journey as a family of three.
— Coconuts

Rupiah Slumps to 7-Week Low in Run-Up to Indonesia Rate Decision
The Indonesian rupiah slipped to a seven-week low as traders positioned for a policy decision Thursday and concern about rising virus infections damped sentiment.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia Local Election in the middle of a Pandemic
Amid the unfinished war on the COVID-19, the Government of Indonesia shouted for making peace with this situation and launched a new chapter called “new normal”, likewise, with the celebration of local democracy, which will continue to be held at the end of this year despite the uncertainty of the last pandemic.
— Modern Diplomacy

Rapid Tests Only Used for COVID-19 Screening, Says Govt
The government’s COVID-19 mitigation spokesperson, Achmad Yurianto, on Wednesday said that the rapid test result will remain as a requirement for people who travel across provincial borders.

Govt prepares sanctions against violators of COVID-19 health protocols
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is working out details of a Presidential Instruction (Inpres) to impose sanction against those found violating health protocols set to handle the COVID-19 pandemic, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil stated.
— Antara News

Bio Farma: Rp103bn Needed for COVID-19 Vaccine Study
State-owned pharmaceutical firm PT Bio Farma CEO Honesti Basyir said the development of COVID-19 vaccines requires a budget of Rp103.7 billion.

Indonesian naval ship KRI Teluk Jakarta-541 sinks in East Java waters
Indonesian naval ship KRI Teluk Jakarta-541 sunk on Tuesday morning while carrying out logistical duties off the coast of Kangean Island in East Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Poverty rate rises in March as pandemic hits vulnerable communities
Around 1.63 million Indonesians fell into poverty in March compared with September last year as the COVID-19 pandemic took its toll on the poor across the country, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Covid crisis stirs military politics in Indonesia
Buffed Indonesian Army Chief of Staff General Andika Perkasa, whose military career didn’t seem to suffer from the unprecedented eight years he spent furthering his education in the United States, is like no other general who has held that position.
— Asia Times

Will Indonesia pull the ’emergency brake’ amid hike in COVID-19 cases?
Indonesia, the world’s fourth largest country in terms of population, continues to grapple with ever rising cases of COVID-19, with officials warning that authorities may need to again “pull the emergency brake” and reimpose restrictions to contain the spread.

Rescuers looking for 23 missing in deadly Indonesia floods
Rescuers on Wednesday were searching for 23 people still missing after heavy rains in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province swelled rivers and send floodwaters, mud and debris across roads and into thousands of homes.
— ABC News

Major drop in levels of streaming piracy seen in Indonesia over the last 10 months
A new study of the online content viewing behaviour of Indonesian consumers, has found a massive 55% reduction in consumers accessing piracy websites over the past ten months
— Business News Asia

Anger after Indonesia agrees to pave paradise for coal road project
Conservationists on Tuesday slammed a decision by the Indonesian government to allow a mining contractor company to build a road through a restoration forest in South Sumatra.
— Arab News

Garuda Indonesia to Open Direct International Flights to Bali
Garuda Indonesia was focusing on opening direct international flights to Bali in a bid to attract foreign tourists since the number declined due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

BP2MI to launch task force against illegal migrant worker placements
The Indonesian Migrant Worker Protection Agency (BP2MI) will launch its task force for the eradication of illegal migrant worker placement syndicates on August 17, which marks Indonesia’s National Day.
— Antara News

Indonesian Journalists Association condemns ‘malicious’ attempt to discredit press
The Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI) has expressed dismay over a widely circulated image of a list detailing the names of several journalists who went on an overseas business trip with the government, calling it a “malicious” attempt to discredit members of the press.
— The Jakarta Post

W Nusa Tenggara policeman found using drugs facing strict punishment
A policeman who was arrested in June for consuming drugs at a hotel in Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara province, is facing severe legal sanctions, a senior official said.
— Antara News

Preemployment card to offer offline courses in August despite COVID-19 surge
The government plans to start in-person training courses in August under its preemployment card program, despite the daily surge in new COVID-19 cases since it started easing the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in early June.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt expects deliberations on job creation omnibus bill to finish in August
The government expects the House of Representatives to finish deliberating the omnibus bill on job creation by late August or early September, Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Pollster Criticizes Jokowi’s Gathering with Youtuber, Influencer
Executive director of pollster Parameter Politik Indonesia, Adi Prayitno, presumes the gathering of public figures and Youtubers at the Presidential Palace by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as the government’s desperate attempt to disseminate the importance of COVID-19 health protocols.

Indonesian firms becoming more aware of cyber security: survey
A survey by a technology corporation has revealed that South East Asian countries, including Indonesia, are becoming more aware of the importance of cyber security and protection from cyber threats.
— Antara News

Edhy Prabowo Says 27bn Lobster Eggs Exist from Sabang to Merauke
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo claimed there is a high potential of lobster stock in Indonesian waters.

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake strikes Flores waters in Indonesia
A 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit the waters of Flores in the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara on Wednesday at around 6:33 a.m. local time, though no tsunami warning was issued following the quake.
— Antara News

400 Garuda Indonesia Employees Accept Early Retirement Offer
As many as 400 Garuda Indonesia employees have accepted the company’s offer to take early retirement.

Government to boost disbursal of microloans to cluster-based MSMEs
The government will intensify disbursement of micro loans to micro-, small-, and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs) grouped in cluster to expedite recovery of the national economy that suffered an unprecedented collapse due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Court rejects Ravio Patra’s pretrial motion despite claims of irregularities
The South Jakarta District Court has rejected a pretrial motion filed by Ravio Patra, an independent researcher and government critic, against the Jakarta Police and its move to detain and accuse him of inciting riots through a WhatsApp message following an alleged hacking of his account.
— The Jakarta Post

KKP encourages speedier budget absorption to support economic recovery
The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) has encouraged to expedite budget absorption to facilitate the recovery of national economic conditions impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Government plans to revive team to hunt graft fugitives amid criticism
The government is stepping up its efforts to catch graft fugitives with a plan to revive an integrated team to hunt them down, after years of inaction.
— The Jakarta Post

Some 667 expectant mothers in Surabaya underwent swab tests: authority
Some 667 expectant mothers at 37 weeks of gestation in Surabaya, East Java, underwent swab tests to confirm they are healthy and free of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection, the city’s health authority reported.
— Antara News

Police foil attempt to smuggle 73,000 lobster seeds
The National Police have arrested and named businessman Kusmianto, aka Lim Swie King or Aan, a suspect for allegedly attempting to smuggle 73,200 lobster seeds.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Overcrowded’, filled with ‘drug trade’: Papuan activist shares life behind bars in Jakarta’s Salemba
Problems surrounding Indonesia’s correctional facilities have once again come under the spotlight after a Papuan activist shared his past experience living behind bars at Central Jakarta’s Salemba Penitentiary, which he described as overcrowded, filled with illicit drug trade and inmates struggling to fulfill basic needs.
— The Jakarta Post

AGO Ensures Never Revoke Joko Tjandra’s Red Notice
Attorney General ST Burhanuddin confirmed that the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) had never taken off the name of Joko Tjandra from the red notice.

Pandemic disrupts food distribution across country, minister says
The logistics disruption due to social restrictions to contain COVID-19 has affected the food distribution to many regions in Indonesia, particularly the eastern parts, Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo said.
— The Jakarta Post

Tiger cubs Covi, Vivid welcome Semarang Zoo visitors on reopening day
Semarang Zoo in Central Java has reopened its gates to the public after being closed for several months due to COVID-19 restrictions.
— The Jakarta Post



Feature photo WorldSkills Asean Bangkok 2018
This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on World Youth Skills Day, July 15, with an emphasis on World Skills Asean Singapore 2020.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).



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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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