Indonesia morning news for March 3

Indonesia morning news for March 3
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West Java on high alert after two coronavirus-infected Depok residents
West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil, Monday, confirmed that high alert was announced in the region after two citizens of Depok, West Java, tested positive for coronavirus, the first case confirmed in Indonesia.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s COVID-19 patient ill for two weeks before she was tested in hospital
One of the two patients who tested positive for COVID-19 in Indonesia had been ill for two weeks before the authorities tested her for the virus, Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto revealed on Monday (Mar 2).

Indonesia Cuts Reserve Ratios to Boost Liquidity as Rupiah Falls
Bank Indonesia lowered lenders’ reserve requirement ratios, seeking to shore up liquidity after concerns over the economic impact of coronavirus triggered a selloff in the nation’s stocks, bonds and currency.
— Bloomberg

Coronavirus Update; Another Depok Resident Rushed to Hospital
Another resident of Depok has reportedly been evacuated to Sulianti Saroso Infectious Disease Hospital (RSPI Sulianti Saroso) on Monday in relation to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

Indonesia’s economy can grow 5.4% despite COVID-19: BI
Bank Indonesia said the country’s economic growth could still soar to 5.4 percent despite the ongoing spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which is feared to dampen economic activity around the world.
— The Jakarta Post

Lion Air nixes plan for IPO
The IPO plans of Indonesia’s Lion Air seem to be cursed.
— TravelMole

TNI captain dismissed following attack on North Sumatra police station
Bukit Barisan Military Command (Kodam) 1 has removed Capt. Ridwan, company commander of Infantry Battalion (Yonif) 123/Rajawali, from his post following an attack on Pahae Julu Police station in North Tapanuli regency, North Sumatra.
— The Jakarta Post

Inflation Picks Up as Impact of Tobacco Excise Increase Kicks In
Inflation accelerated in February thanks to rising prices of cigarette and tobacco products, the Central Statistics Agency, or BPS, said on Monday.
— Jakarta Globe

70 medical workers having contact with COVID-19 patients in Depok sent home for self-quarantine
Some 70 medical workers at Mitra Keluarga Hospital in Depok, West Java, have been sent home for self-quarantine after they were revealed to have had contacts with two patients who were confirmed on Monday as Indonesia’s first coronavirus cases during their previous treatment.
— The Jakarta Post

Garlic prices push annual inflation to 2.98% in February
Headline inflation in Indonesia rose to 2.98 percent in February from 2.68 percent in January, driven by higher prices of garlic and cayenne, among other commodities.
— The Jakarta Post

Virus spread starts to hit Indonesian tourism as foreign arrivals cool
The novel coronavirus spread, first reported in China, has started to hit Indonesia’s tourism sector as the country has recorded slower growth in tourist arrivals following bans applied to visitors from China.
— The Jakarta Post

New regulation on pricing of renewable energy awaits President’s approval
President Joko “Jokowi’ Widodo is expected to soon sign the long-awaited government regulation on renewable energy, which will, among other things, fix the formula of the feed-in tariff in a bid to improve the investment climate in the renewable energy sector, a senior energy official has said,
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s point man for palm oil says no more plantations in Papua
A top Indonesian official has declared a halt to new oil palm plantations in the country’s heavily forested Papua region in favor of other, “greener,” crops, apparently contradicting his vigorous earlier defenses of the industry.
— Mongabay

Dance Session Leads to Indonesia’s First Coronavirus Cases: Govt
Indonesian Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto revealed that the country’s first two COVID-19 coronavirus patients were infected by their Japanese dance teacher.

Indonesian Airports Put 5 Countries on Coronavirus Watchlist
The Soekarno-Hatta Airport’s health office and state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II have implemented a tighter monitoring system against airplane passengers that arrive from countries affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Indonesia still deserves special treatment in global trade: Economists
Indonesia still deserves special treatment in global trade despite the United States recently taking the archipelago off its list of developing countries, local economists have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Calls mount for revival of national outbreak committee over coronavirus fears
Calls are mounting for the government to form a national outbreak committee that involves experts to help the Health Ministry in the battle against the COVID-19 coronavirus as questions abound about the country having zero confirmed cases.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Triple market intervention’: BI buys bonds, rupiah to prop up prices amid viral rout
Bank Indonesia (BI) will “intensify intervention” to stabilize the local financial market by buying government bonds and the rupiah amid heavy selling pressure caused by coronavirus fears as Indonesia reports its first two cases.
— The Jakarta Post

Bank Indonesia announces 5 measures to support rupiah amid market rout
Bank Indonesia (BI) announced Monday five measures to stabilize the rupiah as foreign investors sold off Indonesian financial assets from stocks to bonds and after Indonesia officially reported its first coronavirus cases.
— The Jakarta Post

Two coronavirus patients in Jakarta in good condition: health minister
Indonesian Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto said on Monday that two Indonesians who tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) remained in good condition, and have not displayed symptoms, such as fever and shortness of breath.
— Antara News

Govt to Check COVID-19 Cases in Singapore Following Batam Visit
The Indonesian Health Ministry is reportedly looking into the Singapore government’s announcement stating that two of its citizens had been confirmed to have contracted the COVID-19 after visiting Batam, Indonesia.

Prabowo’s past US travel ban haunts Indonesia arms procurement
Since being appointed defense minister in October, Prabowo has visited several countries in an effort to modernize the Indonesian Military and strengthen defense diplomacy in general.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta to Keep Coronavirus from Spreading on Public Transport
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said the city administration had designed an operational standard to prevent the coronavirus from spreading on public transportation.

World Dream, Diamond Princess evacuees to undergo separate observation
Indonesians, earlier evacuated from the World Dream and Diamond Princess cruise ships, will undergo the coronavirus observation process separately, an official stated.
— Antara News

10 Suspected COVID-19 Patients Hospitalized in Jakarta
Jakarta Health Agency said ten people suspected of having contracted the Covid-19 coronavirus are still being treated and under observation in three Jakarta hospitals.

Health Ministry has doctors, nurses observed after death of Singaporean in Batam
The Health Ministry has ordered the Riau Islands Health Agency to observe those who were in contact with a person referred to as AA, a 61-year-old Singaporean who died in Batam after showing symptoms similar to those of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
— The Jakarta Post

Government readies 100 hospitals to handle coronavirus cases
The Indonesian government has made necessary preparations at over 100 hospitals with the application of WTO-required service and facility standards throughout the nation to handle coronavirus infection cases, according to President Joko WIdodo (Jokowi).
— Antara News

Bangladesh sets sights on broader cooperation with Indonesian SOEs
Bangladeshi Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujon is aiming to intensify cooperation with Indonesian state-owned enterprises (SOEs).
— Antara News

Ahok Among Candidates for New Capital City CEO
Former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama is among four candidates to lead the special authority agency of the yet-to-be-built capital city in East Kalimantan, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Monday.
— Jakarta Globe

Investment Property in Greater Jakarta Still Promising: Colliers
Colliers Indonesia’s director of investment services, Steve Atherton, said research conducted by the Colliers team has found that most businesses are still interested in investment properties in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi – the Greater Jakarta area known by its acronym Jabodetabek – despite a slowing property market.
— Jakarta Globe

Govt Tracks Down People Making Contact with Coronavirus Patients
The head of the West Java Health Agency, Berli Hamdani Gelung Sakti, said his team was presently en route to Depok to trace all individuals who made contact with two Indonesians confirmed to have contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Coronavirus Cases Can Serve as Research Material: Terawan
Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto said there were three positive things that could be drawn from the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Depok Mayor Warns Against Panic Amid News of 1st Coronavirus Case
Following the announcement of two positive COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Depok, Mayor Mohammad Idris warned Depok residents to not panic while maintaining good personal hygiene.

Garuda Begins Implementing Air Fare Cuts on 10 Destinations
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia and its budget airline Citilink began implementing flight fare cuts on 10 tourist destination on Sunday to follow a government directive aimed at keeping the tourism industry afloat amid the global coronavirus fears.
— Jakarta Globe

Ports in Batam step up health surveillance to stem coronavirus
Port operators in Batam Island, Riau Islands Province, have increased surveillance of passengers by conducting three steps of protection, including providing information on health alert cards, and monitoring passengers with thermal scanners and thermal guns.
— Antara News

33 Batam residents had contact with dead Singaporean
Thirty-three people who had been in contact with a Singaporean national who died of pneumonia in Batam city, Riau Islands Province, on February 22, were tested for the novel coronavirus, a local health authority revealed.
— Antara News

Several World Dream’s crews voluntarily working in kitchen
Many of the 188 crew members of World Dream cruise ship currently quarantined in Sebaru Kecil Island, Jakarta’s Thousand Islands, are assisting in a kitchen preparing food for those in the coronavirus observation facility.
— Antara News

Hajj pilgrimage preparations remain undeterred by coronavirus outbreak
Indonesia’s Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi affirmed that preparations for the Hajj pilgrimage in 2020 had run as scheduled, notwithstanding the global uncertainty over the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
— Antara News

Afghanistan bestows medal of merit on Indonesian foreign minister
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani bestowed a “Malalai” medal of merit upon Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, who was on a working visit to the Afghan capital of Kabul on Sunday, March 1, 2020.
— Antara News

Police confirm arrest of crystal meth producer in East Jakarta
East Jakarta Metropolitan Police arrested a man, identified by his initials as DI, for allegedly producing crystal methamphetamine in his rented house in Lubang Buaya, Cipayung, East Jakarta, during a drug raid on Feb 28.
— Antara News

MUI expresses condemnation over barbaric attack on Indian Muslims
The Advisory Council of the Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI) was unequivocal in denouncing a barbaric attack on Muslims in India that killed tens of innocent people and caused serious damage to a mosque.
— Antara News

Flood swamps several thousand hectares of Karawang’s paddy fields
Floods submerged thousands of hectares of paddy fields in Karawang District, West Java Province, over the past week, according to the local agriculture office.
— Antara News

Lion Air Opens Jakarta-Banyuwangi Route
Low-cost carrier Lion Air is set to open a new route connecting Jakarta-Banyuwangi starting Friday, March 6. The Boeing 737-800 NG with a capacity of 189 seats will serve passengers for this route.

Supreme Court retracts ban on recording trials amid mounting protest
The Supreme Court has retracted its prohibition on taking photographs of or recording courtroom proceedings without a special permit after mounting protest from activists and media groups that fear such a ban would reduce transparency.
— The Jakarta Post

PGN to spend $2.5 billion to support PLN’s gasification program
Gas distribution company PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN), part of state-owned oil and gas holding company Pertamina, will spend about US$2.5 billion on the construction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminals and gas distribution facilities to support the gasification program of state-owned electricity company PLN, an executive of the company has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Hundreds of communities to run digital literacy programs nationwide
The Communications and Information Ministry is collaborating with more than 100 communities in Indonesia to run digital literacy programs nationwide.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia looks west to Papua, West Papua for green investing, empowering farmers
The government is inviting the private sector to participate in promoting green investments to empower farmers in Papua and West Papua and to reduce the two provincial economies’ dependency on oil palm plantations and forestry.
— The Jakarta Post

Go-Food-powered Digitarasa challenges Medan culinary startups to step up their game
Digitarasa, a business accelerator program founded by Gojek’s Go-Food, as well as celebrity chef Arnold Poernomo and CEO of local coffee chain Kopi Kenangan, Edward Tirtanata, have encouraged food and beverage entrepreneurs in Medan, North Sumatra, to step up their game.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia should embrace artificial intelligence
Does everyone agree that artificial intelligence (AI) cannot be avoided? Interestingly, we actually have been using AI in our daily activities for a while, especially the millennial generation, people born between 1981 and 1996.
— 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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