Indonesia morning news for March 13

Indonesia morning news for March 13
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Two suspected COVID-19 patients die at RSPI Sulianto Saroso
Two patients who were admitted to the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital (RSPI Sulianti Saroso) in North Jakarta for exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms died on Thursday, Health Ministry Disease Control and Prevention director-general Achmad Yurianto said.
— The Jakarta Post

Dengue fever kills 104, infects more than 17,000 nationwide since January
The Indonesian Health Ministry has recorded a total of 17,820 cases of dengue fever since January this year, with at least 104 cases that turned fatal nationwide.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia denied entry to 126 foreigners due to coronavirus outbreak
Indonesia has denied entry to 126 foreign visitors at several border crossings from February 6 to March 10 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
— Antara News

Death toll in latest rabies outbreak in West Nusa Tenggara rises to 15
Rabies has killed at least 15 people in West Nusa Tenggara’s Dompu regency to date with more than 2,000 dog bites reported since the outbreak of the animal-transmitted disease began in the province last year.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia relaxes trade rules to cushion COVID-19 effects
Indonesia plans to relax restrictions on importing goods as one of its fiscal measures to combat the harmful economic effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
— The Jakarta Post

Trump Threat Spurred Indonesia to Drop Russia, China Arms Deals
The Trump administration pressured Indonesia into dropping deals to buy Russian-made fighter jets and Chinese naval vessels, part of a global effort to prevent its top adversaries from eroding the U.S.’s military superiority.
— Bloomberg

IDX Hits Circuit Breaker After WHO Declares Pandemic Status for Covid-19
Indonesia’s stock market halted trading for 30 minutes on Thursday, the first time since the bourse installed the 5 percent circuit breaker to slow panic selling amid worries of a widespread Covid-19 outbreak in the country.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia should declare state of emergency over COVID-19: MUI
The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) Advisory Council has called on the Indonesian government to declare a state of emergency in the country over the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on grounds of adequate reasons.
— Antara News

Copper production in 2019 decreases from Freeport transition
The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources recorded copper production in 2019 reached only 176,400 tons, which was a decrease from 2018 production that reached 230,923 tons.
— Antara News

COVID-19: West Java medical personnel forced to use raincoats in lieu of hazmat suits
Due to the limited availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hazmat suits, medical personnel from a state-owned hospital in Tasikmalaya, West Java were forced to wear disposable plastic raincoats when transporting patients under observation for COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

8 Indonesians with COVID-19 in Japan have recovered: Foreign Ministry
Eight out of nine Indonesian citizens who had tested positive for COVID-19 in Japan have completely recovered, the Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

DPR Calls for Tighter Airport Screening to Curb Covid-19
House of Representatives (DPR) Deputy Speaker Aziz Syamsudin asked the government to implement tighter screening on people entering Indonesia from overseas.

People rush for red ginger supplements as COVID-19 fears grow
Demand for red ginger supplements has increased sharply lately, amid growing fears about the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country, as people believe the plant can boost the immune system, a senior executive of a pharmaceutical company has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Democrat Compares Virus Mitigation Efforts in SBY, Jokowi Eras
Democrat Party deputy chairman Syarief Hasan suggested the government steps up its coordination and takes real efforts in handling the coronavirus pandemic.

Jokowi to Establish COVID-19 Mitigation Acceleration Task Force
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is set to establish a task force to accelerate the mitigation efforts of the new coronavirus or COVID-19.

DPR Asks Nadiem Makarim to Consider School Closure over Covid-19
The House of Representatives (DPR) Commission X member Irine Yusiana Roba Putri suggested Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim considers a variety of scenarios as the mitigation program of the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic for schools and universities.

Full salary: Manufacturing workers freed from six-month income tax burden
Workers in the manufacturing industry will not have to pay income taxes for six months as the government has announced measures to shield the economy from weakening economic activity against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

King, Queen of the Netherlands visit Bukit Singgolom
Dutch King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima Zorreguieta Cerruti paid a visit to Bukit Singgolom, Lintong Nihuta Village, Tampahan Sub-District, Toba District, on Thursday.
— Antara News

Asthma Ousts COVID-19 Suspicion for a Patient in Lumajang
The Dr. Haryoto General Hospital (RSUD Dr. Haryoto) in the Lumajang Regency on Thursday is reportedly treating a patient who was admitted after suffering an illness that is feared to be the coronavirus.

Govt Reveals Why Dengue Fever Deaths Remain High in NTT
Health Ministry’s director of vector-borne and zoonotic diseases, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, said there are a number of factors causing the high death toll due to dengue fever in Sikka Regency, East Nusa Tenggara.

Four Seasons Resort Bali quarantines 54 staffers as precaution against COVID-19
Four Seasons Resort Bali in Jimbaran has decided to quarantine 54 hotel staff members, following the death of a British woman from COVID-19 on the resorts island on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Two Malaysians arrested for alleged attempt to smuggle face masks from North Sumatra
Security authorities at Kualanamu International Airport in Deli Serdang, North Sumatra have detained two Malaysian nationals for allegedly trying to smuggle 12,000 face masks to their home country on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Mandiri Capital to invest up to $5 million in promising start-ups
PT Mandiri Capital Indonesia (MCI), a subsidiary of Bank Mandiri, is looking to expand its investment portfolio in start-ups as part of its long-term strategy to tap into the rapid growth of the country’s digital business sector, the company’s top executive has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Bank Indonesia spends Rp 110t to stabilize markets as virus stokes sell-off
Bank Indonesia (BI) has vowed to maintain the country’s financial market stability amid expectations that economic growth will slow due to the COVID-19 spread.
— The Jakarta Post

AP 1 to integrate privately funded new airport with Surabaya’s Juanda
State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I will manage a planned privately funded airport in Kediri and integrate its operations with Surabaya’s Juanda International Airport to accommodate rising travel demand and economic activity in East Java.
— The Jakarta Post

North Sumatra urges businesses to develop more swallow’s nest products, increase exports
The North Sumatra administration has urged small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the region to develop the downstream sector of the swallow’s nest industry to increase the commodity’s value and provide employment to the people.
— The Jakarta Post

Hospitals not authorized to reveal lab results of COVID-19 patients: Bandung referral center
Hospitals are not allowed to reveal the test results of COVID-19 patients, Hasan Sadikin Hospital president director Nina Susana Dewi has revealed.
— The Jakarta Post

Bandung hospital flooded with requests for ‘COVID-19-free certificate’
Hasan Sadikin Hospital in Bandung, the largest hospital in West Java province, has been flooded by people asking its staff to issue them a “COVID-19-free certificate”, despite the fact that the document does not exist.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Gathers Coalition Parties, Discusses Omnibus Law Progress
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reportedly gathered leaders of his coalition parties at State Palace last Friday, March 6.

Govt to create artificial rain in Riau to prevent wildfires
The government has launched a weather modification technology (TMC) program to create artificial rain in Riau in an attempt to prevent forest fires with the region entering dry season.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt should offer free medical masks against COVID-19 pandemic: MUI
The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) Advisory Council urged the government to provide free medical masks to needy citizens under its preventive measures to tackle the ongoing threats of the global pandemic of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
— Antara News

Coronavirus cancellations continue to hit tourism in super-priority Labuan Bajo
The spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has continued to hit Indonesia’s tourism sector as more tourists with months-long travel plans canceled their trips to major destinations, including Komodo National Park in Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara.
— The Jakarta Post

Sunken motor vessel’s four crew yet untraceable in Riau Islands
Four people aboard MV Lintas Laut 3 that sank in the waters of Mapur Island in the Indonesian province of Riau Islands on Wednesday (Feb 11) are yet missing.
— Antara News

Kalla likens COVID-19 to an unseen enemy
COVID-19 is comparable to a dangerous yet unseen enemy and taking preventive efforts is one of the most effective ways to minimize the virus’ spread, Chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross, Jusuf Kalla has said.
— Antara News

Jakarta’s COVID-19 Virus Response Post contacted by 3,892 people
The Jakarta COVID-19 Virus Response Post has been contacted by 3,892 people seeking to learn more about the coronavirus outbreak.
— Antara News

World Dream’s 188 crew members to soon reunite with kin
The World Dream cruise ship’s 188 crew members will immediately be reunited with their respective families after completing their 14-day quarantine amid novel coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns on Sebari Kecil Island, part of Jakarta, on Friday.
— Antara News

Gov’t to Carry On With Special Autonomy Fund for Papua
Indonesia’s chief security minister Mahfud M.D. said the government would continue to provide a special autonomy fund for Papua while preparing a new law to extend it.
— Jakarta Globe

Bound for Factory Outlets?: Customs Seize Six Trucks Hiding Contraband Clothes Worth $180,000
Indonesia’s Directorate General of Customs and Excise has seized 874 bales of clothes worth Rp 2.6 billion, or around $180,000, from six trucks traveling on a toll road to Bandung, West Java.
— Jakarta Globe

Four Indonesians in Singapore still undergoing treatment for COVID-19
The Indonesian Embassy in Singapore announced that five Indonesian citizens in the city state had tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), though only one of them was discharged from a local hospital.
— Antara News

Ma’ruf Amin, JK and Sri Mulyani practice corona greetings
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, former vice president Jusuf Kalla and Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani practiced corona greetings, or shaking hands without touching palms, when they met at the Vice President’s Office on Thursday.
— Antara News

Sri Mulyani Tight-lipped on Revocation of BPJS Premium Hike
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani balked at commenting on the Supreme Court’s ruling that annulled the Presidential Regulation No. 75/2019 on the premium hike of the Health Social Security (BPJS Kesehatan). She was only smiling when asked about the verdict.

COVID-19 Patients Who Tested Negative Not Allowed to Go Home Yet
Sulianti Saroso (RSPI) Hospital president director Mohammad Syahril said the plan to discharge two patients who had already been tested negative for the novel coronavirus or officially known as COVID-19 today, March 12, was canceled.

Two Patients Cured of COVID-19 to Return Home Today
Persahabatan Hospital (RSUP) president director Rita Rogayah announced two positive COVID-19 patients had been cured and will be discharged today, March 12.

Govt Reminds Schools to be Active in COVID-19 Prevention
The Education and Cultural Affairs Ministry in its latest circular reminds schools to actively practice preventive steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) such as avoiding direct physical contact among students and school faculty members.

Netherlands Interested to Supply Vegetables for New Capital City
The Dutch Ministry of Agriculture is exploring cooperation with the Indonesian government.

MRT Jakarta Anniversary Event Postponed due to Coronavirus
PT Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) postponed its anniversary celebration scheduled this March, related to the Coronavirus transmission.

Adi Sumarmo Airport Closed for 2 Hours due to Fog
PT Angkasa Pura (Persero) stopped all activities temporarily at Adi Sumarmo Airport in Solo this morning.

Teen Murderer; Child Protection Asks Public to Make No Assumption
The National Commission for the Protection of Children (Komnas Anak) appealed to the public not to make assumptions over the murder of a child by a teenager, which happened in North Jakarta’s Sawah Besar district.

Depok Council Slams Anies’ Remark on COVID-19 Risk in KRL
Deputy Speaker of Depok Legislative Council (DPRD) Yetti Wulandari said the COVID-19 outbreak should be seen as a public issue, and so the governments should not lay blame on one another.

Nearly 30 Kilos of Meth and 23,000 Ecstasy Pills Seized During Drug Bust in Riau
Officers from the Directorate General of Customs and Excise, the National Anti-Narcotics Agency, or BNN, and the National Police on Saturday thwarted an attempted smuggling of 29.5 kilograms of methamphetamine and approximately 23,000 ecstasy pills in Dumai, Riau.
— Jakarta Globe

Govt confirms recovery of cruise ship’s nine Indonesian crew members
The government confirmed that nine Indonesian crew members of the Diamond Princess cruise ship had recovered from the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection after undergoing treatment at different hospitals in Japan.
— Antara News

Indonesian farmers should boost spice production akin to past: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called on Indonesian farmers to usher in the era of mass production of spices, akin to the past, in tune with the high global market demand for the commodity.
— Antara News

Police apprehend eight over Adonara tribal clash
The police in East Flores District of East Nusa Tenggara arrested eight individuals over a tribal clash on Adonara Island that claimed six lives.
— Antara News

Government allocates Rp50 trillion for technology-based farming
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) spoke of the government’s allotment of Rp50 trillion of special funding under the micro loan (KUR) scheme for farmers to develop technology-based farming.
— Antara News

Surabaya pastor named suspect for alleged sexual abuse of a minor
A pastor at a Protestant church in Surabaya, East Java, has been named a suspect for allegedly sexually abusing a minor, the East Java police confirmed on Thursday.
— 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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