Indonesia morning news for July 23

Indonesia morning news for July 23
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Indonesia reports 139 new coronavirus deaths, highest daily rise
Indonesia reported on Wednesday 139 new deaths from the coronavirus, the country’s highest daily increase and bringing the total number of fatalities to 4,459, data from the country’s Health Ministry website showed.
— Metro

Indonesia to Produce 100 Million Doses of Sinovac’s Covid-19 Vaccine
State-run pharmaceutical company Bio Farma has set a plan to produce 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine once the final stage of clinical tests is completed, President Joko Widodo revealed on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

‘Crisis like no other’ will shrink Indonesia’s economy, IMF forecasts
Indonesia’s economy is on track for a significant contraction this year as the coronavirus crisis has hit the global economy more severely than previously expected, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has forecast.
— The Jakarta Post

100-ton dead blue whale found stranded, decomposing in Kupang Bay
Fishermen found a 100 ton dead blue whale stranded and decaying in Kupang Bay, specifically on Na Batu Kepala Beach in Nunhila subdistrict, Alak district, East Nusa Tenggara, on Tuesday afternoon.
— The Jakarta Post

Bali’s jobless tourism workers go back to farming
With Indonesia’s tourism hotspot bereft of tourists, thousands of Bali’s furloughed tourism workers are kicking their heels.
— TravelMole

Volunteers for COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Provided with Insurance
The Medicine Faculty of Padjadjaran University ensured that volunteers for the third-phase clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine, that was developed in cooperation with China-based pharmaceutical firm Sinovac Biotech, will be provided with insurance.

Populist, Anti-Mining District Head in Jember Impeached by Councilors
A female district head known for her charity works and anti-mining stance was impeached by local councilors in East Java on Wednesday in a rare concerted political maneuver involving nearly all members of a district legislative council.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s latest official COVID-19 figures
The Health Ministry announced 1,882 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 91,751.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia targets Thailand and neighbours
Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy/Tourism Agency and Creative Economy will host a travel industry webinar, 23 July, to inform travel agents how to plan for Indonesia’s “New Normal” and assure them of the country’s readiness to welcome tourists once borders open.
— TTR Weekly

COVID-19 dampened investment realization by 4.3 percent in Apr-June
The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) registered a 4.3-percent decrease in the realization of investment during the second quarter (Q2) of 2020, reaching Rp191.9 trillion, from the Rp200.5-trillion investment during the corresponding period last year.
— Antara News

Indonesia loses up to 15,000 barrels of oil daily from illegal drilling
Indonesia is estimated to lose between 10,000 and 15,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) from oil theft in several regions, according to the Upstream Oil and Gas Special Regulatory Task Force (SKK Migas).
— The Jakarta Post

Two out of three Indonesian children experienced violence: Minister
The Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection highlighted the fact that two out of every three children and adolescents aged between 13 and 17 years in Indonesia had experienced violence.
— Antara News

Indonesia investment chief questions ASEAN pact as FDI falls
Indonesia needs to reconsider the benefits it gets from being part of the ASEAN Economic Community, the head of the country’s investment board said on Wednesday, after data showed foreign direct investment fell for a second straight quarter.
— Reuters

Why calls for abolishing the death penalty in Indonesia are unrealistic 
Indonesian authorities recently announced that Francois Abello Camille, 65, a French national arrested in Jakarta last month for allegedly molesting over 300 underaged girls, could be sentenced to death before a firing squad.
— Today Online

Two New COVID-19 Clusters Detected in West Jakarta
Two neighboring units (RT) in the community unit or RW 05 of Wijaya Kusuma, Grogol Petamburan, West Jakarta, were declared as new COVID-19 clusters.

Indonesia FDI Contracts in Q2 as Covid-19 Restrictions Disrupt Projects
Foreign direct investment into Indonesia has dropped 6.9 percent in the second quarter from the same period last year, showing the latest sign of the country’s economic deterioration amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

Satpol PP Toughens Face Mask Rule as Jakarta Battles COVID-19
The Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) on Tuesday commenced an operation meant to discipline people’s use of face masks amidst the COVID-19 crisis as the administration is attempting to ‘flatten the curve.’

What, no SIKM? Here’s what you need to travel to and from Jakarta
Airport authorities have stopped asking passengers arriving in the capital city to present their exit and entry permit (SIKM) since July 17, when the Jakarta administration revoked the requirement for both incoming and outgoing travelers and replaced it with the Corona Likelihood Metric (CLM).
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Military Says Father and Son Killed in Papua Were Armed Separatists
Indonesia’s military rejected allegations on Wednesday by Papuan separatists that a father and son killed at the weekend in the country’s easternmost province were civilians, insisting the victims were linked to an armed rebel group.
— The New York Times

Bio Farma Explains Stages of Covid-19 Clinical Trials
Bio Farma explained the stages of creating a vaccine. Head of Corporate Communications of Bio Farma, Iwan Setiawan, said that phase three of the clinical trials for making the Covid-19 vaccine aims to ensure the benefits of the vaccine.

Indonesian Police Join Hands with Malaysia to Find Djoko Tjandra
The Indonesian Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Argo Yuwono said that his side was cooperating with the Royal Malaysia Police to track the whereabouts of fugitive Djoko Tjandra who was reportedly in Malaysia.

Indonesia committed to simultaneously handling TB and COVID-19
Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelagic nation, with over 17 thousand islands and a population of some 267 million, is currently not only battling COVID-19 but also other ailments, including dengue fever and tuberculosis (TB).
— Antara News

Expert Suspects Multicenter Clinical Trial in Sinovac Partnership
University of Indonesia epidemiologist Pandu Riono suspects that Indonesia is being a part of a multicenter clinical trial by China’s Sinovac Biotech, which intends to test the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Government ensures sufficient nutrient intake for mothers, children
The government will ascertain that pregnant women and those in early childhood receive adequate nutrition to prevent stunting through the disbursement of social aid under the Family Hope Program (PKH) amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Anies Baswedan: Do Not See COVID-19 Numbers Only
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan asked the public not to look at the number of COVID-19 new daily cases only, but also at the novel coronavirus positivity rate or the transmission rate.

South Kalimantan police arrest ex-policeman over drug offence
A former policeman, identified as HS, 35, and three other suspects were caught for trafficking small packs of crystal methamphetamine to local drug consumers in South Kalimantan Province, a police officer stated.
— Antara News

Indonesia COVID-19 Tally Exceeds China; Pulmonologist Responds
The total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in Indonesia – which has exceeded the total tally recorded by China – had caught the interest of Persahabatan Hospital pulmonologist, Erlina Burhan, citing the significant population disparity between the two countries.

Pandemic leaves animals abandoned, starving in Bali, West Nusa Tenggara
An animal protection organization, Animals Australia, has reported that the COVID-19 pandemic has put animals in a dire situation, with many of them left starving and abandoned on the streets in Indonesia, especially in Bali and on the Gili Islands of West Nusa Tenggara.
— The Jakarta Post

Komodo National Park opens online registration for tourists
Tourists planning to visit Labuan Bajo and Komodo National Park in the new normal period will need to register online through a certified, local travel agent, the Tourism Bureau of West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara, stated.
— Antara News

More than 3,600 ships operating illegally in Labuan Bajo, authorities reveal
Authorities in West Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) have found around 3,600 unauthorized tourist ships operating in Labuan Bajo.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt may disband more agencies to slash red tape
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo disbanded 18 state agencies on Monday, but this may only be the beginning of a renewed drive to trim down the Indonesian bureaucracy, officials have hinted.
— The Jakarta Post

Buyung Poetra Stays on Expansion Mode Amid Pandemic
Buyung Poetra Sembada, a listed rice producer behind the Topi Koki brand, has been building a new rice processing plant in South Sumatra.
— Jakarta Globe

Public trust in Jokowi’s COVID-19 response declines, survey finds
Public trust in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak has fallen in July as the country witnesses a rising number of confirmed cases, a survey from pollster Indikator Politik revealed on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Telefast Indonesia to expand services, targets jobseekers
Human resources management solution firm PT Telefast Indonesia plans to expand its services amid rising unemployment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a company executive has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Sends 10,000 Aid Packages for North Luwu Flood Victims
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo delivered thousands of food packages to the people affected by the flash floods that hit North Luwu Regency, South Sulawesi.

Indonesian businesses ramp up cybersecurity budget amid rampant attacks
Indonesian companies plan to increase their cybersecurity budget this year amid the high number of cyberattacks during the pandemic, signalling a growing awareness and commitment in digital safety, a survey by a cybersecurity company shows.
— The Jakarta Post

Crime Statistics, Police Report a Slight Drop in July
The Indonesian National Police (Polri) announced on Wednesday that crimes have slightly dropped by 2.89 percent from the 28th week up to the 29th week of 2020, which falls in July.

Floods inundate 64 villages in Konawe, SE Sulawesi, displace thousands
Floods inundated 64 villages in 18 sub-districts in Konawe District, Southeast Sulawesi Province, thereby leading to the forced displacement of thousands of local residents.
— Antara News

S Sumatra’s cops undergo rehabilitation program for drug de-addiction
The South Sumatra Police headquarters on Tuesday continued its rehabilitation program to assist 89 other police officers in recovering from drug addiction, South Sumatra Police Officer Inspector General Eko Indra Heri S confirmed.
— Antara News

‘No hope for public health’: Lawmakers slam govt’s COVID-19 economic recovery committee
Concerns have been raised over President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s decision to form a COVID-19 handling and national economic recovery committee tasked to streamline strategic policies on countering the pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Mixed families, couples have mixed response to nixed emergency permit
Haida, a 53-year-old resident of Jakarta, said that she was stumped when she learned that her daughter must soon return to Malaysia alone because of the recent revocation of the emergency stay permit (ITKT) and corresponding policies, which came into force on July 13.
— The Jakarta Post

Teachers, activists decry educational disparities exacerbated by outbreak
As four junior high schoolers waded across a fast flowing river on their way to school, they struggled to keep their balance against the force of the current.
— The Jakarta Post

OJK Employee Detained for Alleged Bribery
A senior employee of the Financial Services Authority, or OJK, has been named suspect for allegedly taking bribe from a private bank and put in detention, the Jakarta prosecutors’ office said on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Light at end of tunnel for auto industry as June car sales rebound: Experts
Indonesia’s automotive industry players can breathe a sigh of relief as national car sales in June rebounded strongly, promising a smoother road for the rest of the year, analysts have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Police arrest 7 drug syndicate members targeting students in Jakarta
The South Jakarta Metropolitan Police apprehended seven members of a drug syndicate that had sold dried cannabis to university students in the West and South Jakarta areas over the past year.
— Antara News

Local community of 10 villages involved in Meru Betiri conservation
The Meru Betiri National Park management in East Java has involved the residents of 10 adjoining villages in its conservation efforts centered on restoring the ecosystem and concurrently boosting the local economy.
— Antara News

Medan man faces four years in prison for allegedly desecrating Quran
A 44-year-old man in Medan, North Sumatra, faces four years in prison for having allegedly desecrated the Quran at a local mosque earlier this year.
— 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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