Indonesia morning news for March 25

Indonesia morning news for March 25
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Indonesia’s Covid-19 Deaths Climb to 55, New Cases Hit Biggest Single-Day Rise
Six more people have died from coronavirus in Indonesia over the last two days, bringing the country’s death toll from Covid-19 to 55 as a worrisome trend continues where the number of deaths keeps beating the number of patients recovering from the disease.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia cancels national exams, affecting more than 8 million students
Indonesia has cancelled the country’s upcoming National Examination over concerns about the spread of coronavirus, a move that will affect more than eight million high school students, education minister Nadiem Makarim said on Tuesday (Mar 24).

Bank Indonesia: Inflation under control in March at 0.11 percent
Bank Indonesia (BI) said the inflation rate until the third week of March, 2020 had remained under control at 0.11 percent, helped by government measures to regulate the price of basic commodities.
— Antara News

Jakarta Closes Cinemas, Nightclubs for Two Weeks
The Jakarta administration started shutting down entertainment centers including pubs, nightclubs, movie theaters, karaoke bars and fitness centers on Monday to try to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the capital, now seen as the epicenter of the pandemic in Indonesia.
— Jakarta Globe

Two patients under surveillance in Bogor dead: coronavirus center
Two residents of Bogor who had presented with COVID-19 symptoms died while under surveillance at a city hospital, said Sri Nowo Retno, spokesperson of Bogor City Administration’s COVID-19 Crisis Center.
— Antara News

Physical distancing is better alternative to lockdown: President
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) opined that every country has its own inimitable character and culture, so physical distancing is more suitable than a lockdown for Indonesia to handle the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Antara News

More Indonesians Abroad Contract Covid-19, New Cases in Spain and the Netherlands
The Foreign Affairs Ministry announced on Monday the number of Indonesian citizens abroad who have contracted Covid-19 had increased to 65, with two new cases found in the Netherlands, three in Spain and one in Qatar.
— Jakarta Globe

Hand washing to counter COVID-19 still a luxury for Indonesia’s urban poor
As COVID-19 spreads throughout the nation, the 20-second hand-washing routine has echoed across the airwaves and has been religiously inscribed on both conventional and social media.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Extends Students’ Remote Learning Period until April 5
Jakarta Education Department extended the period of the students’ remote learning aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus until April 5, 2020.

What’s in the New Indonesia F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Chatter?
Last week, a top Indonesian defense official suggested that Indonesia may look at the F-35 joint strike fighter to meet the longstanding requirements of its air force, following issues it has faced with the Su-35 fighter jet deal with Russia.
— The Diplomat

Papua Closes Ports, Airports as Coronavirus Emergency Response
The Papua provincial administration raised its coronavirus alert status to an emergency as of Tuesday, March 24.

Covid-19 Response Spokesman: Young People Are Potential Carriers
Indonesia’s spokesman for the Covid-19 Response Team, Achmad Yurianto, said that young people have a huge potential to become carriers of the novel coronavirus that causes the disease.

Establish health coverage norms for coronavirus patients: President
President Joko Widodo has asked the Minister of Health to implement the necessary norms, standards, and procedures for providing health insurance coverage to patients diagnosed with COVID-19, or the coronavirus disease.
— Antara News

COVID-19 patients line up at Kemayoran athletes village on first day open
Dozens of patients put under surveillance for COVID-19 crowded the emergency hospital at the Kemayoran athletes village in Central Jakarta after it opened on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Greater Jakarta failing as floodgate to nationwide COVID-19 epidemic
Greater Jakarta, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia, has remained open to visitors and continued to export the virus across the country, with new provinces reporting cases every day.
— The Jakarta Post

Several Jakarta Malls Remain Open amid Coronavirus Outbreak
A number of shopping malls decided to temporarily close the operation as an attempt to prevent the coronavirus from further spreading in the country.

Govt Handling of COVID-19 Criticized, Luhut: No Country Is Ready
In response to the numerous critics pointing out the government’s slow response in handling the COVID-19 pandemic, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan evaluates that no country is ready in handling the pandemic.

Government allots Rp10 trillion for laid-off workers
The Indonesian government has apportioned funding of Rp10 trillion as a precautionary measure to address the rising number of workers laid off in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Rupiah inches closer to Rp 17,000 per US dollar as COVID-19 fears grow
The rupiah fluctuated at around 16,500 per US dollar on Tuesday despite a slight gain after falling sharply to near the 17,000-mark the previous day.
— The Jakarta Post

Overcrowded and understaffed, prisons scramble to protect inmates from infection
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s call to practice social distancing to slow down the spread of COVID-19 is practically impossible to implement in the country’s overcrowded correctional facilities, making them particularly vulnerable to the illness.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt Has Yet to Ask for More China Help to Tackle Coronavirus
Indonesian government has not planned to seek additional help yet from China that had succeeded in suppressing the coronavirus spread in its mainland, said Deputy on Political Communication and Dissemination of Information at the Presidential Staff Office, Juri Ardiantoro.

Pekanbaru’s airport passenger symptomatic with corona sent to hospital
A male passenger at the Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport, Pekanbaru, Riau, was sent to a local hospital after developing symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), Head of the Pekanbaru city’s health office, Syarifuddin, stated.
— Antara News

Expand deficit to 5%, cut taxes on rich in exchange for required COVID-19 donations: House
The House of Representatives has urged the government to issue a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to revise the 2020 state budget, expand the budget deficit cap and provide incentives for individual taxpayers to cope with the economic effects of COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Asks for COVID-19 Allocation in State, Regional Budget
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has reminded all the ministries and regional governments to prepare special allocation in the state budget (APBN) and regional budget ( APBD) geared to anticipate the financial costs of handling COVID-19 patients.

There’s No Way 267 Million People Had Zero Cases
Indonesia, the region’s newest Covid-19 hotspot, faces an economic crisis.
— Bloomberg

BI injects $18.19b liquidity into financial markets, banks as rupiah slides
Bank Indonesia (BI) has continued to inject liquidity of up to Rp 300 trillion (US$18.19 billion) into the financial markets and banks to help support the country’s crashing currency as foreign investors sell off Indonesian assets over COVID-19 fears.
— The Jakarta Post

More cash aid, stimuli needed to soften economic shocks of COVID-19: Economists
Economists have called on the government and businesses to roll out additional stimuli aimed at providing social safety nets, as several communities and workers are expected to feel the pinch of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

BKPM opens command center to speed up license issuance
The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) has launched a command center to monitor the issuance of licenses in related government offices and help the board expedite the process.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Labor union calls on govt to reduce electricity, fuel prices
The Indonesian Metal Workers Federation (FSPMI) urged the government to cut the prices of electricity and fuel to help people amid the weakening economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Gojek bosses give up 25% of annual salary for drivers, partners as COVID-19 deals blow
Local tech giant Gojek has announced it will provide at least Rp 100 billion (US$6 million) to help drivers cope with low demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Textile industry cries out for help as layoffs loom
The textile and textile products (TPT) industry is appealing to the government for help as it faces imminent layoffs from decreased cash flow and declining demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Doctors and nurses wanted: Regions brace for COVID-19 amid medical staff shortage
Regional hospitals across the nation are bracing for a surge in COVID-19 patients as they face a shortage of doctors and nurses with expertise in respiratory illnesses.
— The Jakarta Post

Kadin donates Rp 300 billion for COVID-19 healthcare response
The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) has collected more than Rp 300 billion (US$18.3 million) from its members for healthcare equipment and aid for healthcare professionals in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Some Indonesians try to ward off COVID-19 with talismans, rituals
Villagers in Wajak Kidul hamlet, which is located some 10 kilometers from Tulungagung regency, East Java, have placed homemade masks around their homes as they believe the objects can protect them from the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Police to press charges against those who persist to hold mass gatherings
The National Police are set to press criminal charges against those who continue to hold mass gatherings after being warned against doing so amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Bekasi delays rapid testing for COVID-19
The administration in Bekasi, West Java, has delayed its plan to conduct rapid testing for COVID-19, which was set to be held on Tuesday, as the test kits have yet to arrive
— The Jakarta Post

‘He was one of the best’: UGM pays tribute to pharmacology professor who died of COVID-19
Iwan Dwiprahasto, a pharmacology professor at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) medical school, Yogyakarta, passed away at around 12 a.m. on Tuesday after battling with COVID-19 at the Dr. Sardjito General Hospital.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19 crisis prompts temporary closures of 17 hotels in Bogor
As many as 17 hotels in Bogor City, West Java, have temporarily closed their doors to back the government’s step to halt the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Bogor Vice Mayor Dedie A. Rachim stated.
— Antara News

Jokowi urges officials to ramp up cash-funded labor intensive programs
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has urged officials in the regions to add more labor-intensive programs, financed in cash, to maintain the people’s purchasing power while simultaneously being heedful of health protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

COVID-19 to impact N Sumatra Ojek drivers’ socio-economic existence
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) forecast on Tuesday a significant socio-economic impact of the ongoing global pandemic of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on drivers of ojek (motorcycle taxi) and angkot (public minivans) in North Sumatra.
— Antara News

Govt to optimize industries manufacturing COVID-19 handling devices
The government will optimize industries that manufacture self-protection devices and other equipment for handling coronavirus (COVID-19), Doni Monardo, head of the Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling, stated here on Tuesday.
— Antara News

Band urges people to stay home with coronavirus jingle
Indonesian punk rock band NTRL released a new jingle on COVID-19 on its official Instagram account, urging people to stay home amid a surge in infections, which have crossed 500.
— Antara News

Persahabatan Hospital confirms recovery of 11 COVID-19 patients
Persahabatan Hospital announced that 11 patients infected with COVID-19 had fully recovered as of Tuesday, 12:30 p.m. local time.
— Antara News

Indonesian, Japanese foreign ministers discuss COVID-19
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi held a 25-minute-long telephonic conversation with her Japanese counterpart Motegi Toshimitsu on Monday to exchange views on the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Antara News

Toddler being observed in Lampung hospital: COVID-19 task force
Amid ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, a 2.4-year-old infant is hospitalized at a local public hospital in Kota Metro, Lampung, after ailing from flu and breathing difficulty, with body temperature of 38 degrees Celsius.
— Antara News

Task force assures of protective gear supply for medical workers
The government has ordered protective equipment from local industries for medical workers on the frontlines of the fight against coronavirus, assured Doni Monardo, head of the Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling.
— Antara News

MPR speaker supports Polri’s preventative measure to dispel crowds
People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) speaker Bambang Soesatyo supported the National Police Force’s measures to persistently disperse crowds to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and to abide by the government’s call for physical distancing.
— Antara News

SOE Ministry: 4 Million Face Masks Ready by End of March
A special staffer for the State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry, Arya Sinulingga, said his side planned to accommodate four million pieces of face mask by the end of March.

Rapid Test Prioritized for Those Traced Back to COVID-19 Cases
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan in his Twitter announcement on Monday asserts that the COVID-19 rapid test the city plans to hold again will not be a massive public test.

Sumatra’s Under COVID-19 Monitoring Spike due to Dissidence
Head of the North Sumatra COVID-19 task force, Riadil Akhir Lubis, said on Monday that the number of patients under monitoring for coronavirus in the region remains to be 50 people in total.

Kadin Calling Corporations to Donate in Govt COVID-19 Mitigation
Chairperson of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) Rosan Perkasa Roeslani urged corporations to donate to the country’s coronavirus (COVID-19) mitigation efforts.

Keeping Spirits High, Erick Thohir: Fear for COVID-19 is Humane
State-owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir said today that those working in state-enterprises are one of many line-of-work exposed to risks of contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease and understand the fear looming over SOEs employees.

Tangerang Declares Emergency as COVID-19 Cases Soar
The Tangerang Regency declared a state of emergency in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, Regent Ahmed Zaki Iskandar confirmed Tuesday, March 24.

Tokopedia Shuts Down Stores Profiteering From Covid-19
Tokopedia, one of Indonesia’s largest e-commerce platforms, has closed thousands of online stores that have been selling personal protective equipment at stratospheric prices on its marketplace during the Covid-19 pandemic, the company said in a statement on Monday.
— Jakarta Globe

SOE Ministry to dispatch COVID-19 lab equipment to 10 provinces
The Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) plans to send laboratory equipment to 10 provinces as a form of assistance from the central government to its regional counterparts to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Alone on their deathbed, how COVID-19 keeps families away from loved ones
For many who have confronted grief in the face of the death of a loved one, we have at least one thing to be grateful for: being able to be at their bedside so they do not have to die alone.
— The Jakarta Post

No ‘ogoh-ogoh’ parades, large crowds during Nyepi this year
The COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia has undeniably impacted how religious communities observe their traditions.
— The Jakarta Post



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