Indonesia morning news for June 11

Indonesia morning news for June 11
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Indonesia reports biggest daily rise in COVID-19 cases for a second day
Indonesia reported on Wednesday (Jun 10) its biggest daily increase in COVID-19 cases for a second successive day, with 1,241 new infections, taking its total to 34,316.

State Minister: 340 Million COVID-19 Vaccines Would be Needed
Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto in Tuesday’s online discussion with the Indonesian Bachelor of Economics Association (ISEI) argues that Indonesia would need 340 million ampoules of COVID-19 vaccines for 170 million people.

Ministry scraps PCR test rule for flyers
The Transportation Ministry has relaxed the rules for airline passengers in the new normal so they will be able to fly by submitting the results of their rapid test alone.
— Antara News

Indonesian carriers pledge to observe health protocols as domestic travel opens up
Indonesian carriers have pledged to implement health protocols and social distancing, after being given approval by the government to up their operating capacity to 70 per cent for domestic routes.

Indonesia’s new coronavirus concern: A post-pandemic baby boom
The government vehicles began appearing in Indonesian towns and cities in May, equipped with loudspeakers blaring a blunt message.
— The New York Times

UGM among top 300 universities in the world, number 1 in Indonesia
Yogyakarta-based Gadjah Mada University (UGM) has joined the ranks of the world’s top 300 universities, moving up 66 places to land in 254th position on the 2021 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, which was released on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Tourist Destinations to Reopen Steadily
Head of Jakarta’s Tourism and Creative Economy Agency Cucu Ahmad Kurnia on Tuesday announced that the city’s tourist destinations will gradually be made available starting on June 13.

Routinely evaluate implementation of new normal protocols: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has laid emphasis on the significance of routinely assessing the implementation of a new normal that necessitates the application of stringent health protocols.
— Antara News

Ma’ruf Amin Allows Reopening of Boarding Schools in Green Zone
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin allowed boarding schools in areas categorized as green zones or are safe from the Covid-19 transmission to reopen as long as they implement the predetermined health protocols and coordinate with the Covid-19 Task Force.

Easing restrictions in Indonesia’s capital triggers concerns
As Indonesia’s overall virus caseload continues to rise, Jakarta’s governor has moved to restore normalcy by lifting some restrictions, saying that the spread of the virus in the city of 11 million has slowed down after peaking in mid-April.
— ABC News

Activists, civil groups call for decriminalizing marijuana for medical use
A group of activists under the Advocacy Coalition for Narcotics Usage for Medication along with several other civil society groups have called for the decriminalization of marijuana for medical treatments.
— The Jakarta Post

New capital cities for Indonesia and Egypt take back seat
Grand plans by Indonesia and Egypt to move their capitals to new ground have stalled as their governments divert resources to fighting the coronavirus.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Mahfud Md Gathers Labor Unions to Discuss Job Creation Bill
Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud Md invited leaders of labor unions to discuss the draft on job creation bill or RUU Cipta Kerja at his office, Jakarta, on Wednesday, June 10.

Govt to build COVID-19 hospital in Bangka Belitung Islands
The national COVID-19 task force has secured a 5-hectare plot of land in Bangka Belitung Islands for the construction of the country’s third COVID-19 hospital.
— The Jakarta Post

Semarang Mayor: COVID-19 Cases Surged after Eid Celebration
Central Java’s Mayor of Semarang Hendrar Prihadi on Tuesday said that the COVID-19 cases happening in his region had surged after the Eid celebration, which comes after the fact that there was a drop in cases one week prior to Eid.

Indonesia pioneered global sustainable ocean economy amid COVID-19
Indonesia has contributed in pioneering a joint statement by global leaders on the critical role of a sustainable marine economy following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

National Police Respond to Plethora of Human Rights Complaints
Indonesian National Police (Polri) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Awi Setiyono said that the complaints filed to the Human Rights National Commission (Komnas HAM) against the police institution are a motivating factor to better the police institution.

44 percent cities are low-risk, safe from COVID-19: Task Force
Some 44 percent of the cities and districts throughout Indonesia have become low-risk zones and are safe from COVID-19, Chief of the National Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling, Doni Monardo, confirmed.
— Antara News

Four Inmates Positive for Covid-19 Escape from Papua Hospital
Papua Regional Police confirmed that four prisoners who were put under isolation for the new coronavirus disease or Covid-19 escaped from Bhayangkara Police Hospital on Wednesday afternoon, June 10.

Ministry offers partial refund to registered pilgrims after cancelling haj
The Religious Affairs Ministry has announced that people who had registered for this year’s haj program may request a refund of their deposit, after the government cancelled this year’s haj on Tuesday due to concerns over COVID-19 transmission.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta to Close Markets as Traders Tested Positive for Covid-19
Central Jakarta Mayor Bayu Meghantara planned to close a number of traditional markets after traders found to be tested positive for Covid-19.

Indonesia’s Pertamina signs US$8b petrochemical project deal with Taiwan’s CPC
Indonesia’s state oil giant Pertamina said it has signed a deal with Taiwan’s CPC to develop a US$8 billion petrochemical complex, after years of negotiations.

PPE production soars but quality, distribution issues remain
Quantity does not equal quality for the Indonesian textile industry, which has contributed to a production surplus of personal protective equipment (PPE) to meet demand during the COVID-19 health crisis, despite complaints from users over quality and distribution.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt hopes to boost homeownership through new Tapera program, but employers, workers concerned about fees
The government aims to boost homeownership in Indonesia through its public housing savings program (Tapera), which requires employers and workers to contribute to a mortgage loan scheme similar to universal healthcare insurance.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s lobster export safeguards won’t end smuggling, scientists warn
Scientists and conservationists are calling for more stringent control and monitoring of Indonesia’s exports of lobster larvae to prevent smuggling.
— Mongabay

Legal Aid Foundation Finds More Than 30 Blasphemy Cases in Five Months
The Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation, or YLBHI, said they had discovered 38 blasphemy cases in Indonesia from January to May.
— Jakarta Globe

‘Dynamic’ COVID-19 Cases, Jokowi: Do Not Let Our Guard Down
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Wednesday said that there must be a constant evaluation along with implementing the new normal once the protocol has been fully applied.

Industry Ministry focusing on health sector development
Minister of Industry, Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, on Tuesday said his ministry is pushing for the development of the country’s industrial sector, especially businesses related to the health sector.
— Antara News

Police Chief: Spreading Hate Speech can Alter One’s Mind
Indonesian National Police Chief Idham Azis on Wednesday said that contents that contain hate speech, lies, and other negative information can eventually alter how someone thinks if it is constantly spread in social media.

Commuters return to public transport with more protective gear
As the Jakarta administration gradually eases COVID-19 social restrictions and reopens certain business sectors, people are preparing themselves for a safe commute on public transit.
— The Jakarta Post

Seven new foreign ambassadors submit letters of credentials to Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) received letters of credentials from seven new extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassadors (LBBP) respectively from Guatemala, Egypt, Cuba, Qatar, Mauritania, Brazil, and the United Arab Emirates.
— Antara News

Ministry to commence food estate development project in 2020-2022
The Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Ministry has set a target to revive 165 thousand hectares of land as a food estate in Central Kalimantan in 2020 to realize national food resilience.
— Antara News

Activists slam KPK for discussing raise for leaders amid declining public faith
Antigraft activists have criticized the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for discussing a salary increase for its leadership even as polls show declining public faith in the antigraft agency.
— The Jakarta Post

KCI Records 279,000 Commuter Line Passengers as Businesses Reopen
State-owned railway service provider Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) on Tuesday, June 9, recorded 279,737 people who had used the electric commuter line (KRL) services in the second-day businesses and office activities were allowed to reopen.

65 hotels, restaurants in Bangka Belitung reopen to new normal
A total of 65 hotels and restaurants in Bangka Belitung (Babel) Province are back in business following the government’s plan to apply the new normal policy by following strict health protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Govt pins hopes on restarting economy, despite Tuesday’s COVID-19 surge
The government is pinning its hopes on restarting the economy to kickstart recovery, despite the latest surge in new COVID-19 cases and as sales continue to drop across various industries as a result of the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).
— The Jakarta Post

Preemployment card may not help people return to work despite ‘new normal’: Experts
Recipients of funds and training under the government’s preemployment card may not be able to practice the skills they learn through the program because the labor market has not recovered, experts say.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19 Task Force Reisa Broto Talks about Face Masks
The Indonesian COVID-19 task force communication team member, Reisa Broto Asmoro, on Wednesday said that the correct lifespan of using a face mask is four hours, anytime above that must be replaced with new or cleaner ones.

Indonesians remain sensitive to perceived blasphemy: YLBHI
A report conducted by the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) has revealed that accusations of blasphemy are still rampant amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Families snatch dead bodies of COVID-19 patients from hospitals for burial
Despite the strict protocols in place surrounding the burial of victims and suspected victims of COVID-19 there have been a number of incidents reported recently of family and friends forcibly carrying off the bodies of dead patients from hospitals to be buried according to their own wishes.
— The Jakarta Post

Gojek Introduces Protective Screen for Online Ojek Service
The country’s ride-hailing giant Gojek has provided its online ojek driver-partners with a protective screen in order to prevent direct contact with passengers.

Give villages greater role for more effective COVID-19 measures: Watchdog
Village administrations need to play a bigger role in containing the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak so they can carry out more effective preventive measures and provide social safety nets, a watchdog has said.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Customers will still be worried about COVID-19’: shopping center association
While the government eases restrictions and reopens the economy, the retail sector will take time to recover as consumers continue to hold fears over COVID-19, an industry association has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Husband of daycare owner named suspect in sexual assault of 5-year-old girl
A 45-year-old man from Samarinda, East Kalimantan, was arrested for alleged sexual assault against a 5-year-old girl at a daycare operated by his wife.
— 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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