Indonesia morning news for June 23

Indonesia morning news for June 23
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Indonesia’s COVID-19 death toll reaches 2500, with over 46,000 infections
Indonesia reported 954 new coronavirus infections on Monday, taking its total number of cases to 46,845.

Indonesia warns unemployment to spike due to pandemic
Indonesia’s unemployment rate could hit the highest in more than a decade this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Southeast Asia’s largest economy set to contract more than previously expected in the second quarter, ministers said.
— The Star

Four suspected poachers arrested in Indonesia for killing critically endangered tiger
Four suspected poachers have been arrested for killing a critically endangered Sumatran tiger, Indonesian police said Monday (Jun 22), highlighting the Southeast Asian nation’s battle with illegal wildlife trafficking.

Nearly 500 new dengue fever cases surface daily in Indonesia
The Indonesian Ministry of Health drew attention to the fact that the number of dengue fever cases daily arising throughout the nation ranged from 100 to up to 500.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s child death rate won’t stop COVID-19 restrictions easing
Indonesian children are dying from COVID-19 at a much higher rate than in other countries but the government has already started lifting restrictions even though cases keep going up.

West Sulawesi turtle conservation island allegedly sold for Rp 2 billion
Two residents of Malamber Island, West Sulawesi, have allegedly sold the island to an East Kalimantan regent for Rp 2 billion (US$140,800).
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19 handling costs equivalent to 4.2 percent of GDP: Minister
Costs borne by Indonesia’s government to handle the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent impact, through the economic stimulus program, reach Rp695.2 trillion, or 4.2 percent of the gross domestic Product (GDP), Finance Minister Sri Mulyani stated.
— Antara News

Nature Tourism in 270 Regions Allowed to Reopen
COVID-19 mitigation task force chief Doni Monardo has announced that 270 regencies and cities categorized as green and yellow zones are allowed to reopen their natural tourist destinations.

Air Quality Worsens as Jakarta Celebrates its 493rd Anniversary
Based on IQAir’s PM2.5 Air Quality Index (AQI), Jakarta’s air quality scored 184 that suggests the air is unhealthy as the city celebrates its 493rd anniversary.

Civil-military relations in countering terrorism in Indonesia
Following the fall of the Soeharto regime, Indonesia has been besieged with sectarian and separatist turmoil, including terrorism.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia resumes release of captive wildlife amid COVID-19
The Indonesian government has lifted a moratorium on the release of captive wild animals, imposed earlier this year as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus into wildlife populations.
— Mongabay

McKinsey Confident Major Indonesian Companies Will Bounce Back From Pandemic
Indonesian corporations have the ability to bounce back from the Covid-19 pandemic in one or two years and join their Asian peers in the efforts to unlock between $440 billion and $620 billion of economic profits in the post-pandemic world, a recent study from McKinsey Global Institute showed.
— Jakarta Globe

COVID-19 Curve Keeps Rising, Govt: Still Under Control
Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy admitted that the COVID-19 curve in Indonesia had kept on rising, but added the figure was still normal.

Murder Convict Who Appears on Gov’t Promotion Video Kills Again While on Parole: Police
Convicted murderer John Refra Kei, who once appeared on a government video to talk about a maximum-security prison in Central Java, was arrested for allegedly ordering gang-style attacks that left at least one person dead on Sunday.
— Jakarta Globe

Prosecutors reject defense arguments in Novel acid attack case
Prosecutors rejected on Monday the defense arguments submitted by a legal team defending two police officers charged with involvement in the acid attack on Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan in 2017, during a hearing at the North Jakarta District Court.
— The Jakarta Post

Task Force reiterates health advice for malls, shopping centers
The Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling has continued to promulgate health protocols among the public, especially the managements of public facilities, including malls and shopping centers.
— Antara News

Semarang wedding party contributes to COVID-19 spike
A couple in Semarang, Central Java, have lost family members to COVID-19 days after their wedding ceremony.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia state company to acquire stake in nickel miner
Indonesia’s state-owned mining holding company will acquire a 20% stake in the local subsidiary of Brazilian mining giant Vale, operator of the world’s largest nickel mine on the island of Sulawesi.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Govt Reacts to KPK’s Inputs on Pre-employment Card Program
The management chief of the job creation committee, Rudy Salahuddin, clarified that the government had followed-upon the findings of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) regarding the pre-employment card program since it had been received on May 28, 2020, in a joint meeting.

Indonesia expands search for missing fishermen
Indonesia has expanded the search for seven fishermen still missing after a rescue team found three more survivors of a capsized boat in waters near the Anak Krakatau volcano, officials said Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post

Rupiah Opens Weak over Fears of Covid-19 Second Wave
The rupiah’s interbank transaction rate on Monday, June 22, was corrected by fears of a second wave of Covid-19 pandemic.

Anies Baswedan Says Jakarta’s COVID-19 Positive Rate Is 5%
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan claimed the COVID-19 positive rate, which is the comparison of the number of new cases to testing rate, in the capital had reached five percent since the implementation of the transitional large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).

Thousands Blow Off Steam at Jakarta’s CFD as National Covid-19 Cases Get Past 45,000
Thousands flocked to Jalan Sudirman and Jalan M.H. Thamrin in Central Jakarta on Sunday to enjoy the city’s first Car Free Day in more than two months.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi Wants Military Involvement in East Java COVID-19 Handling
Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy said President Joko Widodo or Jokowi demanded the Joint Defense Regional Commands (Kogabwilhan) be involved in the containment efforts of COVID-19 in East Java given the high rate of the coronavirus transmission in the province.

TVRI – Netflix Partnership for Global Diversity, says Govt
The Education and Cultural Affairs Ministry’s director-general of cultural affairs, Hilmar Farid, explained that the partnership between state-broadcaster TVRI with Netflix – namely its documentary programs – is to enhance the knowledge of Indonesian students towards science.

East Java’s Pacitan District rattled by 5.0-magnitude quake
A 5.0-magnitude earthquake hit Pacitan District in East Java Province on early Monday, but the tremors were felt by not just local residents but also those inhabiting Yogyakarta, Bantul, Sleman, Wonogiri, Tulungagung, and Karangates.
— Antara News

Electability of Anies Baswedan Hampered by Partisanship: Pollster
Indonesian pollster Indikator Politik Indonesia executive director, Burhanuddin Muhtadi, the survey on May 2020 found that the electability of Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan had descended after the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Minister Pandjaitan targets advancement of MSME through digitalization
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has been aggressively involved in efforts to manage the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector to advance the field, including through digitalization.
— Antara News

Virtual Meetings Help Govt Cut Costs, says Deputy of Finance
Deputy Minister of Finance, Suahasil Nazara, on Monday said that the COVID-19 pandemic – which has its implication on social lives in general – has created a new pattern in how state-ministries and government agencies conduct their work.

Wakatobi to reopen tourist destinations in July 2020
The Wakatobi district administration in Southeast Sulawesi Province will re-open tourist destinations for local and foreign tourists as of July 2020.
— Antara News

Courier companies raise more revenue, hire new workers amid pandemic
With more and more consumers moving from offline to online shopping, courier companies have seen increased business delivering goods amid the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, especially during the Ramadan and Idul Fitri celebrations.
— The Jakarta Post

Barely Amused: Ancol Reopens With Caution
Jakarta’s oldest and biggest amusement park, Ancol Dreampark in North Jakarta, reopened on Saturday after being forced to close down for more than two months as the Covid-19 pandemic ravaged across Indonesia.
— Jakarta Globe

Government encourages innovation to reduce raw material imports
The government is calling on companies to boost their research and development to produce import substitutes to help reduce Indonesia’s reliance on foreign goods.
— The Jakarta Post

Cutting It Close: Jakarta’s Hair Salons During Pandemic
For the first time since the Jakarta provincial government allowed malls to reopen on June 15, Alfons Haircode Salon at Lotte Shopping Avenue in South Jakarta reopened its doors to customers on Friday.
— Jakarta Globe

Reallocate toward bonds, look out for equity bargains: Asset managers
Indonesian asset managers are expressing a preference for bonds amid crisis-driven market volatility, suggesting that investors gradually enter the market before the economy starts to pick up.
— The Jakarta Post

New Normal Innovation Competition; Central Java Clinches Rp7bn
Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has received an incentive fund worth Rp7 Billion as a prize for winning a regional innovation competition related to the new normal order organized by the Home Affairs Ministry.

Mining holding MIND.ID to acquire Vale Indonesia for $392m by year-end
State-owned mining holding company MIND ID plans to buy a 20 percent stake of one of the country’s top nickel miners, PT Vale Indonesia (INCO), by year-end in a move that is expected to further strengthen Indonesia’s grip on domestic mineral resources.
— The Jakarta Post

Mini Indonesia rolls out sporty MINI GT
Mini recently launched a new sporty Mini GT model, combining the Mini 3 Door Cooper S platform, the long history of the Mini 1275 GT prototype and the distinctive Mini “Go-kart” experience.
— The Jakarta Post



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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on Day of the Seafarer, June 25.


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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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