Indonesia morning news for March 12

Indonesia morning news for March 12

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia’s First Covid-19 Fatality Is a Foreign Citizen
Indonesia announced its first Covid-19 fatality on Wednesday, a 53-year-old female foreign citizen who died just a day after she tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
— Jakarta Globe

BI upbeat on Indonesia clocking 5.2-pct economic growth despite corona
Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Perry Warjiyo expressed optimism of this year’s national economic growth touching 5.2 percent in spite of the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) that has begun to make its presence felt in Indonesia.
— Antara News

Govt Reveals More 7 COVID-19 Cases; 34 Infected People in Total
The government announced seven more positive cases of the novel coronavirus or officially known as COVID-19 today, March 11.

Gov’t to Waive Income Taxes for Six Months to Prop Up Economy Amid Covid-19 Outbreak
Indonesia will grant a six-month tax break for employees, manufacturers, and importers, starting as soon as next month, as part of its second fiscal stimulus to help prop up the economy amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
— Jakarta Globe

East Nusa Tenggara Health Office confirms 37 dengue fever deaths
Dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) has claimed a total of 37 lives in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Province, as of Wednesday morning, according to data of the NTT Health Office.
— Antara News

Indonesia urged to install thermal scanners at all departure terminals
The Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) has urged the government to install thermal scanners at all departure terminals for both domestic and international flights at all airports across the country to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— Antara News

LIPI biology center identifies 12 Indonesian trees facing extinction
At least 12 endemic species of trees in the country are threatened with extinction, a researcher at the Indonesia Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Research Center for Biology has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesians turn to traditional remedies to fend off COVID-19
Traditional remedies are widely sought after in Indonesia as concern grows over the COVID-19 outbreak.

Four patients testing positive for Covid-19 show signs of improving
Four of seven patients testing positive for coronavirus have shown signs of improving, after being treated at Persahabatan Central General Hospital in East Jakarta.
— Antara News

Massive face mask, hand sanitizer shortage hit regions
As many as 500, 60-milliliter bottles of hand sanitizers with 96 percent alcohol content are now produced every day by students of Prajnaparamita State Vocational School in Malang, East Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Thai naval patrol detains 29 Acehnese fishermen over illegal entry
A total of 29 Acehnese fishermen were arrested by Thailand’s naval patrol for illegal entry into its waters.
— Antara News

Indonesia can not accept discriminatory EU energy policies: Siregar
Deputy Foreign Minister Mahendra Siregar stressed that Indonesia could not accept the European Union (EU) energy policy which blamed biofuel from palm oil as a cause of deforestation, describing it as discriminatory.
— Antara News

Bourse announces new trading suspension policy on brink of bear market
The Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) has announced a new trading suspension policy amid a volatile domestic equity market following the spread of the coronavirus and the ensuing oil price war.
— The Jakarta Post

Anies Baswedan Admits High Risk of COVID-19 Transmission in KRL
Jakarta provincial administration revealed the city’s concern over the spread of the COVID-19 in commuter lines or KRL.

Erick Thohir: 65 State Hospitals Ready to Treat COVID-19 Patients
State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick Thohir said as many as 65 state-run hospitals are ready to help the government handle the COVID-19 outbreak, including Pertamina Jaya Hospital. The hospitals, he added, had prepared 115 beds and 66 observation rooms or safe houses to treat the novel coronavirus patients.

Declared coronavirus-free, ‘Albatros’ passengers start Lombok tour
Hundreds of passengers disembarked the MS Albatros on Monday morning to start their holiday on the West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) island of Lombok, following the Mataram Port Health Authority’s (KKP) declaration that the vessel and all aboard were coronavirus-free.
— The Jakarta Post

Oil Price Falls after Saudi Aramco Asked to Raise Output Capacity
Oil prices fell on Wednesday, March 11, giving up earlier gains, after Saudi Aramco said it had been directed by the energy ministry to raise its production capacity by a million barrels per day.

SOEs set aside up to Rp 8 trillion to buy back shares amid falling prices
A dozen state-owned enterprises listed on the local stock exchange will buy back their shares to prop up prices which have dropped sharply in the past few days amid fears the new coronavirus outbreak would further worsen the country’s economic outlook.
— The Jakarta Post

Asahan III power plant resumes development, expected to operate by 2023
Construction on the 174-megawatt Asahan III hydropower plant in North Sumatra has resumed after authorities settled administration problems that have extended the facility’s development period by nine years.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Possible community spread sparks fears of wider contagion in Indonesia
Within the first few weeks of the initial COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei province, China in January, the Indonesian government took several measures to prevent its citizens from coming into direct contact with individuals from the outbreak epicenter and other regions with confirmed cases.
— The Jakarta Post

Joy as Indonesian court nixes health insurance premium hike, but deficit storm looms
The government has no choice but to annul the recent increase of National Health Insurance (JKN) premiums after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of hundreds of millions of citizens who depend on the public health insurance.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister supports plan to substitute imported pharmaceutical products
Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita has encouraged efforts to substitute imported pharmaceutical products with local raw materials to curtail imports, boost foreign exchange revenue, and maintain economic growth.
— Antara News

Govt prepares fiscal stimuli to reduce coronavirus impact on economy
The Indonesian government has prepared the second round of fiscal stimuli to reduce the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the Indonesian economy, Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Perry Warjiyo said.
— Antara News

Lengthy AGO investigation blamed for ARV shortage
A shortage of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in dozens of cities and regencies across the country has raised public concerns, prompting a civil society group to demand that the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) speed up its investigation into alleged corruption in the government’s procurement of the drug.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian media urged to provide credible information on COVID-19
The Indonesian Press Council calls on all media outlets across the country to serve the people at large with credible information on novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to enable them to understand well about what to do with the impact of the virus and to battle stress around the outbreak.
— Antara News

NTB Governor Endorses Anti-coronavirus Wild Horse Milk
The West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Governor Zulkieflimansyah asked Mataram City’s Legislative Council (DPRD) Speaker Didi Sumardi to gift participants of the fifth DPRD National Meeting with ‘wild horse milk’ as it is locally believed to protect people from contracting the COVID-19 or coronavirus.

Government to act to stabilize sugar prices
The government will launch a market operation in the near future to stabilize sugar prices,Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said here on Wednesday.
— Antara News

IDX Mulls Trading Halt Amid Volatile Stock Market
The Indonesia Stock Exchange, or IDX, announced a new policy that includes a trading halt ro be imposed when share prices drop sharply, effective from Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

COVID-19 Contact Tracing of Case 27 Still Undetectable: Govt
Achmad Yurianto, the national spokesman for COVID-19 outbreak mitigation, said the contact tracing to discover the infection source of Case 27 has not shown some results.

Ministry identifies three areas susceptible to illegal fishing
The Marine Affairs and Fisheries Ministry has identified three areas — the waters of North Natuna Sea, Malacca Straits, and Sulawesi Sea — as being prone to illegal fishing practices by foreign vessels.
— Antara News

Indonesians on Coronavirus-Stricken Grand Princess Cruise Ship ‘Generally Healthy’
Deputy Foreign Minister Mahendra Siregar said on Wednesday the passengers and crew members – including dozens of Indonesians – on the Grand Princess cruise ship currently docked in Oakland are in healthy condition, but it remains unknown whether or not they have been infected with the coronavirus.
— Jakarta Globe

Dealers Caught After Selling Synthetic Tobacco to Children Online
The circulation of synthetic tobacco in Bogor Regency has finally targeted children.

Anies recommends public to restrict interactions amid COVID-19 spread
After meeting and receiving feedback from health experts over the spread of COVID-19 in the capital city, DKI Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has advised people to reduce their interactions as far as possible.
— Antara News

Indonesia Coronavirus Crisis; Private Labs Ask to be Involved
The CoV vaccine formulation project leader at Professor Nidom Foundation, Prof. Dr. Chaerul Anwar Nidom expressed hope for the government to involve laboratories other than the one overseen by the Health Ministry in testing suspected COVID-19 or coronavirus samples or specimens.

Antam Gold Price Declines to Rp839,000
The price of PT Aneka Tambang Tbk (ANTM) gold bars, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, declined by Rp3,000 compared to yesterday which reached Rp842,000 per gram.

Hundreds of Labors Holding Rallies to Reject Omnibus Law Bill
Central Jakarta Police Station deployed hundreds of personnel, two water canon cars and a barracuda vehicle to guard rallies held by labors to reject the Omnibus Law bill today.

Indonesia Enforces Contact Tracing to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
The government is determined to put forth contact tracing in order to control and slow the spread of the COVID-19 or coronavirus in Indonesia.

Jakarta E-Prix Canceled, Anies Baswedan: The Risk is Too Big
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said that the cancellation of the Formula E race initially scheduled to be held in June is mainly to avoid taking bigger risks amid the COVID-19 or coronavirus outbreak, as the global-scale event would attract a large crowd of international tourists.

Two Coronavirus Patients Cured, Ready to Return Home
Achmad Yurianto, the spokesman for the national coronavirus mitigation, said two patients, Case 06 and 14, had presented good development, and their two latest test results came back negative for the COVID-19.

Ma’ruf Amin: Welfare-based Approach Applied for Papua Conflict
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin said the government was seeking solutions to a variety of problems occurring in Papua. One of the efforts done was by applying a welfare-based approach.

Indonesia – the Netherlands Advance Partnership in Air Transport
The Indonesian government has opened a partnership with the Netherlands in the field of air transport.

Car Caught on Fire at DI Panjaitan Street, East Jakarta
A car was seen on fire on DI Panjaitan Street, Jatinegara, East Jakarta, Tuesday night.

Dutch King, Queen meet Sultan Hamengku Buwono X in Yogyakarta
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima Zorreguieta Cerruti of the Netherlands met with Sultan Hamengku Buwono X of the Yogyakarta customary sultanate at the Yogyakarta Palace, Wednesday.
— Antara News

Batam mayor claims city remains free from COVID-19
Batam city remains free from the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) even as Singapore strives to deal with the ongoing threats of this virus outbreak, the city’s mayor Muhammad Rudi revealed Wednesday.
— Antara News

Four drug dealers, couriers in Palembang to serve 13-year imprisonment
The judiciary panel of Palembang City’s district court sentenced four drug dealers and couriers to 13 years’ imprisonment for facilitating the smuggling of 15 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine from Malaysia into Indonesia in September 2019.
— Antara News

Government to prioritize development in 222 outermost sub-districts
The Indonesian government will prioritize development in 222 sub-districts out of the country’s 780 outermost sub-districts by 2024, General Tito Karnavian, the home affairs minister, concurrently chairman of the Border Management Agency (BNPP), stated.
— Antara News

Crocodile enters residential area in Kalimantan’s East Kotawaringin
A crocodile recently entered a residential area and preyed on livestock in Palangan village in Kota Besi sub-district, East Kotawaringin district, Central Kalimantan.
— Antara News

House Speaker urges government to set up COVID-19 national team
Indonesian House Speaker Puan Maharani has urged the government to establish a national team to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
— Antara News

Int’l events in Surabaya stand cancelled to avert coronavirus spread
The Surabaya city administration in East Java has canceled all international events scheduled in the city in 2020 to prevent the further spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19.
— Antara News

Banyuwangi to host Third World Surf League Championship Tour
Banyuwangi District in East Java Province will host the 3rd World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour, one of the world’s most prominent surfing events, on June 4-14, 2020.
— Antara News

Ministry offers 160 free booths for SMEs at ii-Motion expo
The Industry Ministry will offer 160 free booths for small and medium enterprises to participate in the Indonesia Industrial Moslem Exhibition (ii-Motion) scheduled on July 17-19.
— Antara News

Synergy with other state institutions a ‘new soul’ of antigraft body
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has taken the popular phrase “prevention is better than cure” to a whole new level as it has now been ordered to build synergy with the state institutions it is supposed to watch.
— The Jakarta Post

Three injured, hundreds of houses damaged after magnitude-4.9 earthquake in West Java
A magnitude-4.9 earthquake rocking some western parts of West Java on Tuesday afternoon injured at least three people and damaged more than 200 houses across the province.
— The Jakarta Post

Dr. Corona vs. coronavirus: Muhammadiyah special center fighting COVID-19 in Indonesia
Indonesia’s second-largest Islamic organization has officially entered the national battle against the coronavirus by establishing the Muhammadiyah COVID-19 Command Center (MCCC) and putting an aptly named physician, Corona Rintawan, in charge.
— The Jakarta Post

Michelin ramps up tire production after taking over local producer
PT Michelin Indonesia, part of the global tire company Michelin Global, is ramping up its tire production in Indonesia to tap into growing tire demand in the country following its acquisition of local tire producer PT Multistrada Arah Sarana last year, the company’s top executive has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Bank Indonesia makes push to bring street vendors to world of cashless payments
Bank Indonesia (BI) is holding a National QRIS Week event across Indonesia to promote cashless transactions among small businesses using its Quick Response Indonesia Standard (QRIS) code system.
— 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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