Indonesia morning news for March 26

Indonesia morning news for March 26

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia’s health system on the brink as coronavirus surge looms
Indonesia has a significant deficit in hospital beds, medical staff and intensive care facilities as health experts warn that it is primed to become a new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, according to data reviewed by Reuters.
— Reuters

Indonesia records 790 COVID-19 positive cases, 58 deaths
Taskforce for Acceleration of COVID-19 Response recorded 790 people having tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), of which 58 died and one recovered since the government’s announcement of Indonesia’s first coronavirus case on March 2, 2020.
— Antara News

Bold actions needed to revitalise Indonesian economy
In the late 1990s the Indonesian economy was in the midst of one of the deepest economic crises in recent global history.
— AEC News Today

Indonesia focuses COVID-19 tests on worst-hit provinces
After receiving medical supplies from China, the country will conduct COVID-19 tests in Jakarta, West Java and Banten, focusing on vulnerable groups including medical workers.
— The Jakarta Post

President Jokowi’s Mother Passes Away at Age 77
The mother of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), Sudjiatmi Notomihardjo, reportedly passed away at the age of 77 on Wednesday afternoon, March 25, 2020.

Indonesia Stimulus Is Too Little Too Late, Former Ministers Say
Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s efforts at sandbagging Southeast Asia’s biggest economy from a deepening coronavirus crisis may have come too late and the stimulus unveiled so far is poorly targeted, according to two former finance ministers.
— Bloomberg

COVID-19 Pandemic, Luhut: Preparation for New Capital Continues
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, ensured that preparations for the new capital in East Borneo continues amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as revealed by Luhut’s spokesperson, Jodi Mahardi.

COVID-19 spreads among Indonesian government officials
At least five high-ranking central and regional government officials have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19 Pandemic in Jakarta; 440 Positive and 37 Deceased
The total number of deceased patients due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Jakarta continues to increase, based on the official data from, 37 deaths have been recorded up to Wednesday morning, March 25, 2020.

Number of Indonesian COVID-19 patients in Singapore reaches 25
The number of Indonesians testing positive for the coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, in Singapore rose to 25 as of Tuesday, with one patient recovering and another dying of the infection.
— Antara News

Explainer: Will Indonesia be Southeast Asia’s Italy? A review of how the nation is battling COVID-19
The COVID-19 situation is already bad in Indonesia, which now has the highest death toll in Southeast Asia just a few weeks after declaring itself “virus-free”.
— The Jakarta Post

144 people admitted to COVID-19 emergency hospital in Kemayoran Athletes Village
At least 144 people were admitted to the emergency hospital for COVID-19 cases in the Kemayoran Athletes Village in Central Jakarta on Wednesday, two days after the facility officially opened for business.
— The Jakarta Post

10 Indonesian workers in Malaysia’s Sabah test positive for COVID-19
Some 10 Indonesian migrant workers in the Malaysian state of Sabah tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and are presently receiving treatment at two local hospitals, an Indonesian diplomat in Tawau stated.
— Antara News

Government contemplates on banning Eid al-Fitr homecoming
The government has mulled over the option to ban this year’s Eid al-Fitr homecoming to thwart the spread of coronavirus.
— Antara News

G20, World Bank, IMF Set Up Covid-19 Relief Fund
The International Monetary Fund, or IMF, has warned countries that the world is heading for a global recession this year with recovery not expected until 2021 when the Covid-19 pandemic might finally show signs of easing, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said.
— Jakarta Globe

Govt Distributes 125,000 Rapid Test Kits to 34 Provinces
Indonesia’s central administration has provided 125,000 rapid test kits to 34 provinces for screening those coming in close contact with coronavirus patients and medical workers, said government spokesperson for COVID-19 handling, Achmad Yurianto.

In race for a sustainable alternative to plastic, Indonesia bets on seaweed
It’s just after sunrise here in Bali, and a group of locals are preparing to sail their wooden boats out to a bay off Nusa Lembongan, a small island southeast of the tourism hotspot.
— Mongabay

Cancellation of national exams won’t affect graduation, enrollment: Nadiem
Education Minister Nadiem Makarim said the cancellation of the national exams due to the COVID-19 pandemic would not affect graduation or enrollment at higher levels of education.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi relaxes loan settlements to help small businesses cope with COVID-19 effects
The Financial Services Authority (OJK) will extend loan payment deadlines for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) for up to one year to help them cope with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

100 days of blunders: Watchdog slams new KPK chairman’s performance
Despite various controversies and an allegation of ethical violations, police general Firli Bahuri was selected by the House of Representatives as the new chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the country’s leading antigraft agency, last year.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Hundreds of boxes of masks stolen from West Java hospital
A total of 470 boxes of surgical masks have reportedly been stolen from Pagelaran General Hospital in Cianjur, West Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Supreme Court asked to review provision on places of worship
A notorious joint ministerial decree that regulates the construction of houses of worship may be subject to a judicial review by the Supreme Court after going unchallenged for more than a decade.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to disburse money to laid-off workers, families to curb economic impacts of COVID-19
To protect the economy from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has decided to speed up the disbursement of training funds for workers through the preemployment card program, as well as increase the allowance provided to low-income families.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Protective gear delivered to medical workers to alleviate scarcity
Indonesian companies have been working to make up for the shortage of protective health equipment for medical workers treating COVID-19 patients.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi to participate in Extraordinary Virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) will participate in the Extraordinary Virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit on Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m. WIB to discuss ways to mitigate the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).
— Antara News

Surabaya releases map showing spread of COVID-19 down to subdistrict level
The city administration of Surabaya in East Java has made public a map displaying COVID-19 cases down to the subdistrict level to increase people’s awareness about the need to protect themselves.
— The Jakarta Post

Go home: Police across Indonesia disperse gatherings over COVID crisis
The streets are almost empty, public places deserted and malls quiet in cities and regions across Indonesia as authorities have banned gatherings to wind down the spread of the novel coronavirus that has infected more than 600 people and killed 55 to date.
— The Jakarta Post

Mask and hand sanitizer shortage caused by increased demand, not stockpiling, police say
The National Police concluded that the mask and hand sanitizer shortage across much of the country is due to a spike in demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, rather than mass stockpiling or hoarding.
— The Jakarta Post

TransNusa suspends Kupang-Dili flight to contain coronavirus spread
TransNusa has temporarily halted flight operations between Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara and Dili in Timor Leste as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
— Antara News

ISEI commends govt’s measures to mitigate economic impacts of COVID-19
Aldrin Herwany, the West Java coordinator of the Association of Indonesian Economists (ISEI), praised the government’s steps to mitigate the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) on the country’s economy.
— Antara News

TNI intensifies security at Wisma Atlet emergency hospital
The military increased security at the Wisma Atlet emergency hospital following a surge in the number of COVID-19 patients undergoing treatment, Chief of the Joint Regional Defense Command (Kogabwilhan) I Vice Admiral Yudo Margono stated.
— Antara News

Govt Says COVID-19 Rapid Test Kit Ready in Jakarta Health Centers
The Ministry of Home Affairs’ (Kemendagri) Director of Disaster Mitigation and Fire Management Directorate General of Territorial Administration, Safrizal Za, stated that the COVID-19 rapid test kit has been distributed to health centers in Jakarta.

Indonesia respects decision to postpone 2020 Tokyo Olympics
The Indonesian Youth and Sports Ministry (Kemenpora) respects the decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympics jointly agreed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach during talks, Tuesday.
— Antara News

Ministry ensures deported migrant workers from Malaysia healthy
The Social Affairs Ministry has made assurance of the 114 Indonesian migrant workers deported from Malaysia to Riau Islands Province being healthy despite their 14-day quarantine yet to go underway to contain the coronavirus spread.
— Antara News

Indonesian transportation minister recovering: official
Indonesian Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi who had tested positive for COVID-19 is recovering at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital, Jakarta, where he has been undergoing treatment since March 14, a government official revealed.
— Antara News

COVID-19; Work from Home Improves Jakarta’s Air Quality
Jakarta’s Environment Agency has noted improvements in Jakarta’s air quality since the implementation of the ‘Work from Home’ (WFH) policy.

Aceh still main gateway for drug smuggling: police
Aceh remains one of the main entry points used by drug dealers to smuggle narcotics illegally into Indonesia, according to Aceh Police Chief Inspector General Wahyu Widada.
— Antara News

Explosion at Plaza Ramayana in Medan injures two
Two people suffered injuries in an explosion that broke out at Plaza Ramayana in the North Sumatra provincial capital of Medan on Wednesday afternoon.
— Antara News



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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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