Indonesia morning news for July 20

Indonesia morning news for July 20
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Indonesia records highest Covid-19 fatality since March 11
Indonesia records its highest number of Covid-19-related fatalities in 24 hours with 127 cases, since the first death was reported on March 11.
— New Straits Times

World Bank warns of 2% contraction in Indonesia’s economy this year
The World Bank has warned that the Indonesian economy might contract 2 percent this year if mobility restrictions are further implemented to contain the spread of COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Jayapura hospital closed after 54 health workers contract COVID-19
The management of Jayapura Provita Hospital decided to shut down all health services, including the emergency unit (IGD), from Friday, after its 54 health workers tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— Antara News

Better governance needed for Indonesia’s COVID-19 job stimulus programme
COVID-19 is a wake-up call for the world. The pandemic has brought some of the worst economic impacts since World War II.
— AEC News Today

More deaths among probable cases than confirmed COVID-19 cases in Java: WHO
The number of deaths among probable COVID-19 cases is higher than that of confirmed COVID-19 cases in most of Java, Indonesia’s most populated island, the World Health Organization has revealed.
— The Jakarta Post

67 People Missing, Around 14,000 Displaced in Indonesia Flash Floods
Sixty-seven people have been reported missing, while more than 14,000 others were displaced due to flash floods in Indonesia’s Sulawesi province, authorities said on Saturday, adding that search and rescue operations were underway.
— The Weather Channel

36 Army Officers Contract COVID-19 in West Papua
As many as 36 members of the Indonesian Army (TNI AD) have contracted the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in West Papua Province.

High fatality rate of East Java health workers bothersome: Minister
Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy expressed concern over the fatality rate of health workers in East Java — the highest in Indonesia — owing to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— Antara News

Indonesia reports 1,639 new coronavirus cases and 127 deaths
Indonesia on Sunday reported 1,639 new coronavirus cases and 127 more deaths, taking the total number of infections to 86,521 and fatalities to 4,143, health ministry official Achmad Yurianto said.

Distance learning threatens to exacerbate education inequality in Indonesia
For the past four months, more than 60 million students across the nation have been forced to study from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Garuda Indonesia Discharges Pilots over Drug Abuse
State-owned airliner Garuda Indonesia and its subsidiary Citilink Indonesia have committed to imposing a strict sanction to its pilots over drug abuse by terminating their employment.

Commuter Train Passengers Required to Wear Long Sleeve Clothes
Commuter train passengers in Greater Jakarta must wear long sleeve shirts or jackets, according to a new regulation issued by railway operator Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI).
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia boosts tax incentives
Indonesia has increased tax incentives for businesses in a move to try and limit the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, its tax office said on Saturday.
— The Express Tribune

Corruption in resources sector in Indonesia may worsen climate crisis
Long-standing corruption in the natural resources sector could worsen the climate crisis and hurt the country’s efforts in mitigating it and adapting to the ensuing changes, an anticorruption activist has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Rp 1.2 billion of contaminated Korean cabbage seeds culled
The Agriculture Ministry has destroyed roughly 1.5 tons of Chinese cabbage seeds from South Korea that were found to contain two types of soil-borne bacteria harmful to plants: Pseudomonas viridiflava and Pseudomonas cichorii.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi appoints members of Ombudsman selection committee
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has appointed five new members of the Indonesian Ombudsman selection committee, in line with Presidential Decree No. 65/P/2020 issued on July 2.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia struggles with rising coronavirus infections as tests become commercialised
Right on Australia’s doorstep, the world’s fourth-most populated country is grappling with a coronavirus catastrophe as cases continue to rise.
— ABC News

Plan to dissolve Peatland Restoration Agency raised concerns
Despite persistent peatland degradation and forest fires, the government is considering dissolving the Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG), among other agencies in the crosshairs.
— The Jakarta Post

Schools could become new clusters of COVID-19 transmission: Indonesian Red Cross
The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) has urged regional administrations to set up preventive measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in schools as students start to return to their classrooms.
— The Jakarta Post

Covid-19: Indonesia looks to expand countertrade options
The Indonesian government has said it is exploring opportunities with military suppliers to facilitate procurement through countertrade.
— Janes

Stolen Brompton bike for UK social aid program allegedly for sale in Indonesia
A stolen Brompton folding bike from a social campaign program aimed to support medical workers in the United Kingdom is reportedly being offered for purchase in Indonesia, the British manufacturer said.
— The Jakarta Post

Joko Widodo says full lockdown would have hurt Indonesia’s economy
INDONESIAN president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said the government made the right decision in implementing only a partial lockdown to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
— New Straits Times

Former spy chief reported to police for alleged defamation of national emblem designer
Retired army general and former State Intelligence Agency (BIN) chief AM Hendropriyono has been reported to the West Kalimantan Police for allegedly defaming Sultan Hamid II, the designer of Indonesia’s national emblem, the Garuda Pancasila.
— The Jakarta Post

Defense SOEs to reap benefits from government’s domestic procurement focus
State-owned enterprises are keen to meet the military’s needs for locally made equipment as instructed recently by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, with some of the defense firms still filling previous orders.
— The Jakarta Post

World Bank Supports Omnibus Law, Indonesians Resist
The World Bank considers the new Omnibus Law in Indonesia, currently in the process of becoming legislation, to be a positive boost for the Indonesian economy in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
— The Star

Covid-19 Recoveries Surge Above 50 pct of Cases in Indonesia
The number of recovered Covid-19 patients in Indonesia has accounted for 51 percent of total confirmed cases as of Saturday, although new cases are still nowhere near its peak.
— Jakarta Globe

COVID-19: Govt Distributes Healthcare Workers Incentives
The Health Ministry announced Friday it had distributed incentives up to Rp606 billion for roughly 195,000 healthcare workers nationwide.

Government targets output of 49 products in PRN 2020-2024
Indonesia’s National Research Priority (PRN) 2020-2024 targets the output of 49 products to boost national economy and welfare, Research and Technology Minister/Head of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) Bambang P. S. Brodjonegoro stated.
— Antara News

Bank Indonesia: Current Situation Better Than 1998, 2008 Crises
Bank Indonesia (BI) senior deputy governor Destry Damayanti on Friday clarified the fears of many regarding the domestic financial climate.

Indonesia categorized as energy-resilient based on 6.44 index scoring
The National Energy Council (DEN) has classified Indonesia as “resilient” in energy on the basis of the energy resilience index gauged from several indicators.
— Antara News

Is the East Indonesia Mujahideen a Threat to Indonesia?
The East Indonesia Mujahideen (MIT) remains a small group, but it has achieved a sense of reverence among Indonesian jihadists.
— The Diplomat

Indonesia’s new capital in the jungle project on the ropes
Joko Widodo’s dream of being the Indonesian President who finally builds a new national capital is in doubt, with officials saying the timing of the project is to be “evaluated in the future”.
— The Sydney Morning Herald

Indonesia’s gold production to decline sharply in 2020
Indonesia’s gold production reached only 9.98 tonnes as of May 2020, much lower than the figure in the same period last year (109.02 tonnes), according to senior advisor of Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Irwandy Arif.
— Vietnam Plus

Indonesia on high alert for forest fires until November as dry season is delayed: Environment minister
Indonesia needs to be on extra alert for possible forest fires until at least November as there is a delay in this year’s dry season, said Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar on Friday (Jul 17).

Tangerang Closes 100-Room Covid-19 Isolation Facility as Cases Declining
The Tangerang district government has closed a makeshift quarantine facility for Covid-19 patients as cases have been declining over the past weeks, in a sharp contrast to neighboring Jakarta that saw a resurgence in infections.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia backs MSMEs amid COVID-19
The Indonesian government has prepared a credit package worth up to 4.2 trillion rupiah (about 285 million USD) to support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to resume production amid the complicated developments of COVID-19, according to Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Panjaitan.
— Vietnam Plus

Implementing Health Protocols in Wet Markets Remains Challenging
With Indonesia implementing the new normal, now being referred to as “adapting to new habits”, revival of trade, which had stalled due to the coronavirus pandemic, has been made a priority.

UK’s New Immigration System Paves Way for Indonesian Professionals, Students
The UK government will introduce a points-based immigration system in which people of all nationalities will be treated equally.
— Jakarta Globe

Health Minister Says Hospitals Not Trying to Profit from Pandemic
Indonesian Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto has refuted allegations that hospitals have been trying to profit from the COVID-19 pandemic, arguing that hospitals have rules of professional conduct and ethics regarding medical services.

Places of worship adapt to new normal, strive for safety
On July 4 this year, as the Hindu congregation in Jakarta celebrated Saraswati Day, Dewa Wiguna visited the Aditya Jaya Temple in East Jakarta to join mass prayers.
— Antara News

Indonesia, France discuss digital transformation
Minister of Communications and Informatics, Johnny G Plate, met with the French Ambassador to Indonesia, Olivier Chambard, to discuss cooperation in the country’s digital transformation.
— Antara News

Indonesian tycoon Salim wins close shareholder vote on controversial US$3 bln deal
Indonesian tycoon Anthoni Salim narrowly won shareholder backing on Friday for a US$3 billion takeover transaction between companies he controls, overcoming criticism about the deal’s valuation and questions about corporate governance.

Jokowi instructs ministry to restore normalcy in flood-hit North Luwu
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) ordered Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Minister Basuki Hadimuljono to personally check the condition of flood-devastated North Luwu, South Sulawesi, and coordinate with relevant agencies to immediately restore post-disaster conditions.
— Antara News

Rise of the Citizen Data Scientist: AI Analytics in a New Normal
We have seen several new developments in Indonesia in recent months. The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc across the country, with the number of infections and deaths rising daily.
— Jakarta Globe

Central Sulawesi to reopen Togean Islands for tourists in August
The Central Sulawesi administration is prepping to reopen Togean Islands National Park located in Tojo Unauna District, for tourists in mid-August 2020.
— Antara News

Authorities: People Misinterpret ‘New Normal’ Term
Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) saw the people’s discipline in the implementation of Covid-19 health measures during the transitional PSBB, or social restriction, were highly decreased.

Grab Your Popcorn: Tangerang to Reopen Cinemas Soon
The residents of Tangerang, Banten, can soon watch movies on the big screen again, after Mayor Arief Wismansyah has given the green light to movie theaters to reopen on July 29.
— Jakarta Globe

Digital Economy Rockets 400 Percent Amid Pandemic: Govt
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto on Friday revealed that Indonesia’s e-commerce transactions had spiked by 400 percent following growing demand in online transactions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Erick Thohir Expects SOEs to Acquire Foreign Enterprises
State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir said Friday state enterprises would help fix Indonesia’s business ecosystem and the national business supply chain.

Bintan Island readies strict health protocols for tourism reopening
Bintan District in Riau Islands Province, is prepping to reopen its tourist destinations by applying strict health protocols to avert the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and to revive its tourism industry.
— Antara News

Restaurants in Jakarta Reopen Doors with Caution
A group of customers queues in front of a coffee shop’s entrance in southern Jakarta as a waitress, wearing a face shield and face mask, checks their body temperature using a thermal gun.

Police Find New Lead in Death of Metro TV Editor Yodi Prabowo
The South Jakarta Metro Police and the the Pesanggrahan Police on Friday announced new evidence in the murder case of Metro TV editor Yodi Prabowo.

Govt to disburse Rp2.7 trillion to 21,000 Islamic boarding schools
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has said that the government will disburse Rp2.7 trillion in funds to support 21,000 Islamic boarding schools (pesantren) in implementing online learning activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Govt prioritizes 4 sectors for guaranteed energy supply amid pandemic
National Energy Council (DEN) Secretary Djoko Siswanto pointed to the government’s four priority sectors — transportation, electricity, households, and industry — as key targets for guaranteed access to energy supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Public Transports Adapt to New Normal, Continue Alternate Seating
As the Indonesian government prepares to reopen the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the transportation sector is gearing up to once again take up its essential role of ensuring public mobility, albeit with caution.

Ministry holds business-matching event to boost exports to Canada
The Ministry of Trade, through the Directorate General of National Export Development and the Indonesian Trade Promotion Center (ITPC) in Vancouver, organized a virtual business-matching event for food and beverage products.
— Antara News

FSA: Ensuring safety of digital transactions amid COVID-19
To ensure the safety of digital banking transactions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) is performing security evaluations, which include requesting banks to implement strict rules to identify potential breaches, an official said.
— Antara News

‘I spent all the money’: Cancer patient’s husband retracts claim of ‘fake’ donations
The husband of a cancer patient whose story went viral after he had claimed that the family had been visited by “fake” donors retracted his claims on Saturday, admitting that he had, in fact, received – and spent – Rp 50 million (US$3,405) in donations.
— The Jakarta Post

Foreign, SOEs ministries ready to collaborate in energy sector
Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi has revealed that her ministry is ready to expand its collaboration with the Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs), led by Erick Thohir, to the energy sector.
— Antara News

Indonesian prominent poet Sapardi Djoko Damono passes away at 80
Sapardi Djoko Damono, Indonesia’s prominent poet and writer, passed away at the age of 80, in Eka Hospital located in South Tangerang, on Sunday at 9:17 a.m. local time, after being hospitalized since July 9 .
— Antara News

64 Riau principals resign over COVID-19 education funds concerns
Sixty-four principals of state junior high schools in Riau’s Indragiri Hulu regency have resigned following the Education and Culture Ministry’s recent regulation allowing schools to manage the government’s school operational assistance (BOS) funds without any limitations.
— The Jakarta Post

Model Catherine Wilson arrested for drug use
The Jakarta Metropolitan Police arrested popular model Catherine Wilson and a security guard at her house, identified as J, for allegedly consuming illegally obtained drugs on Friday (July 17, 2020).
— Antara News

Students in Maluku help each other cross dangerous river to get to school
While online learning is expected to become the new norm in schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, students in East Seram regency in Maluku are still struggling to access offline education.
— The Jakarta Post

228 convicted drug dealers transferred to Nusakambangan prison island
The Law and Human Rights Ministry has transferred 228 convicted drug dealers from Jakarta, Yogyakarta and West Java to the country’s maximum-security prison at Nusakambangan Island in Central Java.
— The Jakarta Post



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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on flooding in Sulawesi.


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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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