Indonesia morning news for March 23

Indonesia morning news for March 23

Indonesia morning news

Some 70,000 Indonesians could be infected with COVID-19 before Ramadan, scientists say
If the Indonesian authorities failed to take drastic measures to slow down the spread of COVID-19, the country could have tens of thousands of cases by April, or shortly before Idul the Fitri holiday, scientists have warned.
— The Jakarta Post

Six Indonesian Doctors Die from Covid-19, Cases Exceed 500
The Indonesian Doctors Association, or IDI, confirmed on Sunday that its six members had died from Covid-19 amid a worrisome trend that the fatality rate of the highly contagious virus continues to beat recoveries in the archipelago.
— Jakarta Globe

Death toll from COVID-19 rises to 48
The death toll from COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia rose to 48 on Sunday, while the number of positive cases increased by 64, bringing the total to 514 cases, the government’s spokesman for COVID-19 handling, Achmad Yurianto. said.
— Antara News

60 Indonesians reportedly on board coronavirus-hit cruise ship
Around 60 Indonesians are believed to be part of the crew of cruise ship Costa Luminosa, which has docked in Marseille, France, after several of its passengers tested positive for COVID-19.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s KPK’s anti-corruption future is grim
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is an anomaly in Indonesia’s corrupt institutional environment.
— AEC News Today

Jokowi Announces 3 Million COVID-19 Medicine Set for Distribution
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, has announced that COVID-19 medicine has been ordered, with as much as three million medicine ready to be distributed to COVID-19 positive patients.

Indonesian Air Force Plane Carries 9 Tons Medical Aid from China
An Indonesian Air Force Hercules C-130 plane left Pudong International Airport in Shanghai early Sunday, carrying 9 tons of medical assistance from China to contain the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia.

Malaysia delays deportation of undocumented Indonesian migrant workers
The Malaysian authorities in Sabah have delayed the deportation of several undocumented Indonesian migrant workers through the Nunukan Port in North Kalimantan Province, according to a local government official.
— Antara News

Pre-employment cards disbursed to cushion economy from COVID-19 impact
Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto rolled out the Pre-Employment Card Program, Friday, aligning with President Joko Widodo’s directives aimed at ensuring that the program offers an economic stimulus amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia.
— Antara News

Government to issue decree to ease goods, services provision
The Indonesian government will issue a Presidential Decree soon to make the provision of goods and services easier and quicker in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto..
— Antara News

Indonesian government prepares for worst, including zero percent growth, as COVID-19 hits
The government has prepared a few scenarios on how Indonesia’s economic growth will end up as COVID-19 begins to hit the country’s economy.
— The Jakarta Post

Makeshift Covid-19 Hospital with Over 4,000 Beds to Start Operation on Monday
The makeshift Covid-19 hospital occupying buildings that used to house the 2018 Asian Games athletes in Jakarta is in near completion and will start operating as soon as Monday, a minister said on Saturday.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia curbs flight services to and imports from Timor Leste
Indonesia has temporarily restricted its flight services to Timor Leste and imports from that country since Friday to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to the Indonesian Embassy.
— Antara News

Indonesian COVID-19 Patient in Singapore Succumbs to Virus
Singapore reported its first two COVID-19 deaths with an Indonesian national and a Singaporean succumbing to the infection on Saturday morning.

Govt Likely to Ban Eid Homecoming during Covid-19 Emergency
Transportation Ministry is mulling over the policy to ban the people from going on Eid homecoming (mudik) trips by public transport during this year’s Eid holiday as an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the emergency period.

Sri Mulyani Reallocates State Budget to Handle Coronavirus
Finance Ministry Sri Mulyani Indrawati is in the process of reallocating state-ministry and state agency budgets towards the handling of coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

COVID-19: Inadequate medical supplies take toll on lives of Indonesian medical workers
The COVID-19 coronavirus has put a massive strain on Indonesia’s healthcare system, with reports of inadequate medical supplies and the deaths of hospital workers as patient numbers continue to surge.
— The Jakarta Post

Top Officials Inspect Emergency Hospital for COVID-19 Patients
Several top officials inspected on Sunday an emergency hospital at the Kemayoran Athletes Village in Central Jakarta to treat patients with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection.

Indonesia stands at the crossroads of a waste crisis and plastics problem
Indonesia is one of the biggest contributors to plastic pollution in the ocean.

COVID-19: National Police chief issues edict forbidding mass gatherings
National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis has issued an edict announcing that the police will take strict action against people who conduct mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi must make case for lockdown as COVID-19 may spark social unrest: Report
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration must make the case for a lockdown in Indonesia as the COVID-19 pandemic is projected to overrun health systems and put a strain on the economy, which may lead to social unrest, according to a recent report by a London-based business consulting group, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to disburse Rp 38t to help the country’s underprivileged amid COVID-19 outbreak
The government said it was ready to disburse Rp 38 trillion (US$2.3 billion) for social safety net programs to help about 70 million underprivileged citizens cope with the financial impacts of COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Government gears for mass testing, prepares 1 million coronavirus kits
The Indonesian government will prepare one million rapid test kits for almost 700 thousand people considered at risk of contracting the coronavirus, said Achmad Yurianto, the government’s spokesperson for COVID-19 response.
— Antara News

KPK wants death for corruption convicts during COVID-19 outbreak
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) wants the death penalty for people convicted of corruption during the COVID-19 outbreak, in a stark turnabout from its recent focus on prevention instead of actively pursuing investigations.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia ready to face global economic slowdown amid corona outbreak
The Indonesian government, on Friday, expressed its readiness to face the economic slowdown owing to ongoing concerns over the global pandemic of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— Antara News

Semarang herbalists develop Jamu Corona to boost immune system
Makers of jamu (herbal medicine) in the Wonolopo jamu village in Semarang, Central Java, have started producing a drink they claim can provide protection against COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Bogor mayor admitted to hospital after testing positive for COVID-19
Bogor Mayor Bima Arya Sugiarto is undergoing treatment in the city’s public hospital’s isolation room for 14 days since Thursday evening after testing positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a local government official stated.
— Antara News

Government closes 56 conservation areas to contain COVID-19 spread
The government has closed 56 conservation areas for tourists under its endeavor to halt the further spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
— Antara News

Govt Plans to Administer Chloroquine, Avigan to Tackle COVID-19
The Indonesian government’s decision to administer Chloroquine and a flu drug Avigan is part of its endeavors to save Indonesians from the infection of this new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a minister stated on Saturday.

SOE Ministry procures COVID-19 test kits from Switzerland
State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN) Minister Erick Thohir confirmed to having ordered coronavirus (COVID-19) test kits from Switzerland.
— Antara News

Six SOEs allowed to buy back shares
Six state-owned enterprises (SOEs) listed on the Indonesian Stock Exchange will buy back their shares in efforts to shore up the domestic money market amid the coronavirus outbreak, said SOEs Minister Erick Thohir.
— Antara News

Two foreign COVID-19 patients die in Bali, Indonesia: official
Dewa Made Indra, Bali provincial administration secretary, concurrently spokesman of the provincial government’s COVID-19 Task Force, confirmed the deaths of two of the four new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali.
— Antara News

Building immunity key to fighting coronavirus : Government
Building immunity is essential for fighting off a coronavirus infection in the absence of effective vaccines or drugs, said government spokesman for the handling of the COVID-19 response, Achmad Yurianto.
— Antara News

Four West Java leaders asked to take coronavirus test
West Java Governor M. Ridwan Kamil said he has requested the mayors of Bekasi, Depok, and Bandung as well as the head of Bogor District to take the rapid COVID-19 test on Saturday.
— Antara News

COVID-19: Hundreds of students remain in dorms as Unpad locks down
As many as 364 students have stayed behind at Padjadjaran University (Unpad) dormitories in Sumedang, West Java, after the campus was shut down on Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

Floods hit seven sub-districts of Bandung District, West Java
Heavy rains have triggered floods again in seven sub-districts of Bandung District, West Java Province, according to the West Java Provincial Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD).
— Antara News

Self protection gear, PCR reagent urgently needed: Task Force
Self protection devices (APD) and laboratory test kits for coronavirus are urgently needed in the efforts to contain the virus named SARS CoV-2 in Indonesia, a member of the expert team of COVID-19 handling task force Prof. drh Wiku Adisasmito MSc, PhD said.
— Antara News

107 foreign participants of postponed Global Ijtima return home
As many as 107 foreign participants of postponed Islamic congregation the 2020 Global Ijtima-Asian Zone, in South Sulawesi Province have reportedly returned to their countries while 350 others are still staying at a hotel pending repatriation.
— Antara News

Jokowi: Rapid Coronavirus Testing Starts in South Jakarta
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced that the government’s rapid coronavirus testing will officially commence Friday, March 20, which will be focused in South Jakarta.

Social Distancing Turns Jakarta into Quiet City
The busy Indonesian capital has turned quiet since restrictions on work places and public gatherings were imposed on Friday due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
— Jakarta Globe

Construction of Galang Island Quarantine Center 60% Complete
The construction of infectious disease observation and quarantine facility at the former Vietnamese refugee camp of Galang Island, Batam City, Riau Islands, is now 60 percent complete, said an official.

COVID-19 Outbreak, Jakarta DPRD Delays Deputy Governor Election
The Jakarta Regional House of Representatives (DPRD) has postponed the deputy governor election plenary meeting, initially scheduled for March 23, 2020, in order to curb the COVID-19 outbreak.

INFO TEMPO: Grab’s Precautionary Measures Against COVID-19
During the global pandemic that forces people to work and stay at home, Grab is still in business.

Erick Thohir Wants State Owned Banks to Lower Interest for SMEs
Minister of State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Erick Thohir has specially ordered state-owned banks to reduce interest rates for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), in order to maintain industry stability in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Preparing the Future
PROS and cons related to the revitalization of the Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) Jakarta Arts Center will not be protracted if the art community and the Jakarta government are prepared to sit down and talk in an atmosphere of mutual trust.

Cultural board plans ritual to ‘repel misfortune’ amid coronavirus
The Dayak Cultural Board in Bengkayang District, West Kalimantan, is planning to conduct a ritual known as ‘Pantabakng Binua’, which is traditionally held to ward off catastrophes, as part of measures to counter coronavirus.
— Antara News

Garuda makes assurance of flights to Australia, the Netherlands
Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has made assurance of continued flights to Australia and the Netherlands despite a restriction on the movement of citizens of some countries amid fears of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

No internet, electricity force residents of East Manggarai to study old-fashioned way during school closures
Students in the inland areas of East Manggarai regency in East Nusa Tenggara have to study using books, paper and pens while their schools are closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic since they have no electricity, internet or computers.
— The Jakarta Post



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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on World Meteorological Day, March 23.


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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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