Indonesia morning news for March 10

Indonesia morning news for March 10

Indonesia morning news

13 More Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Bring Total to 19: Govt
The government today, March 9, announced 13 more confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus or known as COVID-19 infection in Indonesia—bringing the total to 19.

Death toll from East Nusa Tenggara dengue outbreak rises to 32
The death toll of the dengue fever outbreak in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) has risen to 32 as the number of people infected by the dengue virus continues to increase.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister forecasts budget deficit to reach 2.2-2.5 percent of GDP
Indonesia’s state budget deficit is expected to reach a range of 2.2 to 2.5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as an impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that has hindered global economic activities, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said.
— Antara News

Supreme Court Cancels Jokowi’s Health Insurance Premium Hike
The Supreme Court has annulled a presidential regulation issued last year that had doubled the tiered premiums on the national health insurance, a court spokesman said on Monday.
— Jakarta Globe

Pontianak immigration detains 27 Vietnamese fishermen
The Pontianak Immigration Office in West Kalimantan has detained 27 Vietnamese fishermen for poaching in Natuna waters.
— Antara News

Glimmer of Hope Now Dimmed: Bank Indonesia Governor
A steep drop in the global oil price and a jump in the number of people infected with the Covid-19 disease outside China on Monday had wiped away the glimmer of hope that a global economic slump could still be avoided this year, Bank Indonesia Governor Perry Warjiyo said.
— Jakarta Globe

COVID-19: Concerns among some Indonesian hospitals over availability of medical equipment
As fears of COVID-19 grow in Indonesia, some hospitals said they do not have sufficient medical equipment to deal with the situation should an outbreak occur.

COVID-19: Soekarno-Hatta airport hit by declines in flight frequency, passenger numbers
Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng, Banten, has suffered a decrease in both flight frequency and passenger numbers as a result of the restrictions imposed to stop COVID-19 from spreading throughout the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Urges Ministers to Study Coronavirus’ Impact on Economy
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo held a limited meeting to discuss the macroeconomic framework and fiscal policy principles and the work plan for 2021 at the Presidential Office, Jakarta on Monday, March 9.

Hospitals in Riau Treat 6 Coronavirus Suspect Patients
As many as six Coronavirus suspect patients are now undergoing treatment at three hospitals in Riau Province.

Two cruise ships’ crew must conduct self-quarantine: govt
Indonesian Health Ministry’s Disease Control and Prevention Directorate General has requested crew members of Dream World and Diamond Princess cruise ships to undergo self-quarantine for 14 days after leaving Sebaru Kecil Island, Jakarta’s Thousand Islands.
— Antara News

State budget must become solution to handle COVID-19 impact: minister
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati asserted that the state budget (APBN) should serve as a solution and support the economy in the face of the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) gaining entry into Indonesia.
— Antara News

Indonesia aims to double gas production by 2030 with major projects in pipeline
Indonesia is aiming to double gas production over the next 10 years to 12,300 million cubic feet per day (mmscfd) as it sets sights on becoming one of the top global gas exporters with major projects in the pipeline.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta designates five more hospitals as COVID-19 referral centers
The Jakarta administration has appointed five more hospitals in the capital city as referral centers for COVID-19 patients.
— The Jakarta Post

Singaporean Dies at Soekarno-Hatta Airport; Office Clarifies
A Singaporean national reportedly died after falling at Terminal 2F of Soekarno-Hatta Airport on Sunday, March 8.

Tanah Lot Arts Festival 2020 to Invigorate Tourism Amid COVID-19
Organizers of Bali’s Tanah Lot Arts Festival 2020 slated for March 13 -15 at the Tabanan Regency is determined to attract tourists aimed at invigorating the local tourism amid the COVID-19 coronavirus global outbreak.

Jakarta Police Observe Teen’s Mental Health in Child Murder Case
The medical team at the East Jakarta Kramat Jati Police Hospital announced that it will closely observe the mental health of the 14-year old teen who committed child murder on a 5-year old neighbor.

Indonesian indigenous land defenders jailed in fight with pulpwood giant
Activists have deplored the recent jailing of two indigenous community members in Sumatra in a land conflict involving an affiliate of pulp and paper giant Royal Golden Eagle.
— Mongabay

Bank Indonesia to standardize financial service providers competency
The central bank, Manpower Ministry and National Profession Standardization Agency (BNSP) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to standardize competencies for financial service providers to improve Indonesian talent within the sector.
— The Jakarta Post

Residents now approve of construction of COVID-19 hospital in Batam, officials claim
The government plans to proceed with turning a former refugee camp on Galang Island, Batam, Riau Islands into a hospital that would specialize in the treatment of COVID-19 coronavirus patients, as officials claim that locals now support the project.
— The Jakarta Post

Can Indonesia lead global war against religious intolerance? Scholars discuss
Indonesia may be active on the international stage in promoting interfaith dialogue, but current conditions at home raise questions whether the country can take the lead in the global fight against growing religious intolerance.
— The Jakarta Post

International Women’s Day: Yogyakarta’s march highlights sexual violence at universities
In celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) 2020, some 200 people paraded in Yogyakarta to protest against sexual violence against women in general – and at universities in their own city in particular.
— The Jakarta Post

43 Years Abandoned, Padang-Pulau Aie Railroad Tracks Reactivated
The railroad tracks from Padang Station to Pulau Aie Station in West Sumatra had been reactivated after not in use for 43 years.

APEC reiterates commitment to prioritizing women’s role in economy
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum marked International Women’s Day by reaffirming its commitment to prioritizing and promoting the role of women in the economy.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Communicable Disease Hospital Starts Construction
Following the direct order from President Jokowi, Head of Riau Island’s Center for Settlement Infrastructure Albert Reinaldo announced that the construction of a hospital specifically built to treat communicable diseases has started at Riau Island’s Galang Island, Batam City.

Govt allots Rp17 billion for Galang Island’s water distribution system
The government has allocated funding worth Rp17 billion to install a water distribution system on Galang Island in Batam, Riau Islands, that will be developed as an isolation and observation center of infectious diseases.
— Antara News

Galang facility to become observation center, not hospital: Minister
The former Vietnamese refugee camp in Galang Island will not be developed as a hospital but rather as an isolation and observation center for infectious diseases, Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono clarified.
— Antara News

Viking Sun’s 375 passengers leave Bali before sailing to Colombo
Some 375 of the 738 passengers of Viking Sun, anchored at the Benoa Seaport in Denpasar since early Monday, departed from the resort island of Bali aboard an aircraft from the Ngurah Rai International Airport.
— Antara News

Facilities on Galang Island to be improved in two weeks
Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural Affairs Muhadjir Effendy voiced President Jokowi’s directive to the TNI commander to improve health facilities on Galang Island in two weeks.
— Antara News

Govt Sets Four More Collective Leave Days This Year
Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform (PANRB Ministry) Minister Tjahjo Kumolo, Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah, and Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi signed a joint decree (SKB) regarding national holidays and collective leave in 2020.

Rare Nintendo PlayStation Game Console Sold at Rp5 Billion
A prototype of Nintendo Playstation, a rare game console that never came to market, had sold out with price $360,000 or Rp 5 Billion in an auction event last weekend.

8 Companies in C. Java Threatened with Bankruptcy due to COVID-19
Eight companies in three districts in Central Java Province are threatened with bankruptcy due to the impact of the Covid-19 virus outbreak.

Jakarta Reviews Formula E Plans in Wake of Covid-19 Outbreak
Jakarta’s Formula E organizers are reviewing plans for the race, scheduled to take place on a street circuit in the middle of the capital on June 6 this year, as the Covid-19 outbreak continues to spread in Indonesia.
— Jakarta Globe

At least 177 COVID-19 hoaxes in Indonesia
The Communication and Informatics Ministry reports that from January to March 8 there were 177 novel coronavirus hoaxes in Indonesia, as the government works to deal with the impact of this COVID-19.
— Antara News

F&B sellers compromise taste amid soaring sugar prices
Fitri Ramandani, a 17-year-old assistant to a Thai beverage seller, was only able to find a pack of sugar from a small warung located close to her cart in Kayu Putih district in East Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

SOE Hospitals Holding set to tackle coronavirus spread
Indonesia’s government, through the State-Owned Enterprises Ministry, instructed government-owned hospitals in the Pertamedika Indonesian Healthcare Corporation (IHC) to establish crisis centers and isolation rooms during the emergency period to handle the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
— Antara News

BI to intensify digitalization of MSME payment system
Bank Indonesia (BI) will boost digitalization of the payment system for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) using the Quick Response Code Indonesian Standard (QRIS) through the National QRIS Week.
— Antara News

Maluku councilor accuses company of abusing permit in disputed Sabuai forest
A member of the Maluku Legislative Council has called on local authorities not to renew a permit for a logging company in Eastern Seram regency, as the Sabuai indigenous people have voiced objections to the company operating in a forest they claim to have customary rights to.
— The Jakarta Post

In Jakarta, religious communities adjust traditions to prevent COVID-19
With a smile and a heartwarming “peace be with you” churchgoers exchanged greetings, but there were neither handshakes nor hugs during Sunday mass at the Jakarta Cathedral in Central Jakarta as people took precautionary measures against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.
— The Jakarta Post

Lion, Batik Air to move Yogyakarta operations to new airport
Lion Air Group carriers Lion and Batik Air are set to move their Yogyakarta operations from the Adisutjipto International Airport to the newly built Yogyakarta International Airport (YIA) in Kulon Progo Regency later this month.
— 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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