Indonesia morning news for March 31

Indonesia morning news for March 31

Indonesia morning news

Jokowi Orders ‘Large-Scale’ Social Distancing But Still No Lockdown
Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Monday ordered a “large-scale” social distancing and said he would consider declaring a civil emergency in the face of a rapidly escalating Covid-19 outbreak across the archipelago.
— Jakarta Globe

Further BI rate cut expected as growth may drop to 2.8%: Morgan Stanley
Bank Indonesia (BI) is expected to cut its benchmark interest rate further as economic growth may drop to the lowest level since 1999 against the backdrop of an economic recession triggered by COVID-19, multinational investment bank Morgan Stanley says.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia confirms 129 new COVID-19 cases and 8 more deaths
Indonesia confirmed 129 new COVID-19 cases on Monday (Mar 30), taking the total to 1,414 in the country.

Indonesia Plans to Limit People’s Movement to Combat Virus
Indonesia may soon quarantine almost 30 million people in its capital and surrounding areas and limit people’s movement between regions to contain the spread of the coronavirus that’s killed more than 100 people in the world’s fourth-most populous nation.
— Bloomberg

Tens of thousands of flights canceled in Indonesia because of COVID-19
State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I has reported that a total of 18,300 flights at its 15 airports have been canceled from January to mid-March as Indonesian airlines scaled back operations in response to reduced demand due to the spread of COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Experts warn side-effects of disinfection chambers against COVID-19
The expert team of the COVID-19 Handling Task Force has advised against using disinfection chambers to spray disinfectant directly on the human body, as it could cause irritation to the skin, mouth, and eyes.
— Antara News

Indonesian palm oil exports to China drop by half in January: GAPKI
Indonesia’s palm oil exports to China have plummeted by half in volume amid global uncertainties, an industry source has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Govt extends working from home period
The Indonesian Government has decided to extend its work-from-home guidance till April 21, 2020 to curb transmission of the coronavirus disease, or COVID-19.
— Antara News

Ministry confirms 122 Indonesians overseas contracted COVID-19
The Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed that the COVID-19 virus had infected 122 Indonesian citizens (WNI) in several foreign countries, with 13 people having recovered as of Monday morning (Mar 30).
— Antara News

Indonesia risks timber trade with EU after scrapping license rules
The European Union is seeking an explanation for Indonesia’s decision to scrap a highly regarded timber legality verification system, which the bloc uses to ensure it imports only sustainably sourced wood products.
— Mongabay

Coronavirus Quarantines Decided by Central Govt, Jokowi Says
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo asserterd that policies regarding regional or local quarantines as efforts to mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) can only be authorized by the central government.

DPR: Civil Emergency Potentially Violates Human Rights
A member of Commission III of the House of Representatives (DPR) Nasir Djamil, questioned the urgency behind President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s suggestion to announce a civil emergency status in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

32,192 Indonesian migrant workers return from COVID-19-hit nations
The Agency for the Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BP2MI) recorded that 32,192 Indonesian migrant workers had returned from countries affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.
— Antara News

Rapid Test Prioritized for Medics, Persons Under Supervision
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Monday, March 30, instructed that the use of rapid coronavirus test kits should be prioritized for medical workers, the medical worker’s social circle, and people declared under COVID-19 monitoring.

Indonesian coal miners face lower demand as major buyers impose lockdowns
The world’s top thermal coal exporter must contend with significant cutbacks in coal demand as major buyers have imposed lockdowns to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, which causes COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Experts Project Tsunami-Level Death Toll as Indonesia’s Covid-19 Cases Rise
Half-hearted measures from the government in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic is likely to result in a death toll that is comparable to Indonesia’s worst tsunami disaster in modern times, a report from the University of Indonesia showed over the weekend.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesian stocks battered by profit-taking, hit sixth circuit breaker in month
Indonesian stocks hit another circuit breaker on Monday morning, the sixth time this month, as the main gauge, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), plunged by 5 percent after last week’s rally.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19 impacts across Indonesia’s business sectors: A recap
It is only three months into 2020, but businesses across different sectors in the country have been hit hard as the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc on economic activities nationwide.
— The Jakarta Post

Wildlife agency rescues ensnared tiger in Riau pulp plantation
The Riau Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA Riau) rescued a female Sumatran tiger that had been severely wounded by a poacher’s snare at a pulp plantation in Pelalawan regency, Riau on Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s budget to fight COVID-19: What we know so far
The government is finalizing a new state budget designed to battle the health and economic aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including widening the state budget deficit to beyond its legal limit of 3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).
— The Jakarta Post

France repatriates over thousand of its tourists from Indonesia
France repatriated over one thousand tourists aboard chartered flights from Indonesia in the wake of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
— Antara News

COVID-19: Jakarta governor orders identification of vulnerable groups
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has directed all chiefs of neighborhood associations (RT) and community units (RW), as well as family welfare empowerment (PKK) cadres, to identify groups vulnerable to coronavirus infection in the city.
— Antara News

House begins third session as coronavirus infections surge in Jakarta
Indonesia’s House of Representatives opened its third session for 2019-2020 with a plenary meeting here on Monday amid a work-from-home guidance issued by the central and local authorities for the past two weeks.
— Antara News

Police Arrest 4 Suspected of Spreading Hoaxes of Coronavirus
The Jakarta Metro Police arrested four people suspected of spreading hoaxes about the new coronavirus that causes the Covid-19.

House ready to support 2020 budget revisions to account for COVID-19
The House of Representatives stands ready to support the government to make the necessary changes to the 2020 state budget, including raising the budget deficit cap, as the number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia continues to rise.
— The Jakarta Post

Bakrie group donates Rp 20 billion for coronavirus aid
Conglomerate company Bakrie Group donated Rp 20 billion (US$1.2 million) to the COVID-19 task force led by National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Indonesia develops surveillance app to bolster contact tracing, tracking
The Communications and Information Ministry, in collaboration with the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry, has developed a mobile app that enables users to compile data related to the spread of COVID-19 in their communities and help bolster the government’s efforts to trace and track confirmed cases, as well as suspected patients across the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta military commander tapped as COVID-19 emergency hospital head
Jakarta Military Command (Kodam Jaya) chief Maj. Gen. Eko Margiyono has been appointed to lead the operations of the capital’s emergency hospital for treating COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Local banks offer relief to help borrowers and themselves in COVID crisis
A number of local banks have announced relief programs to help corporate and individual borrowers cope with uncertainties caused by the coronavirus outbreak, which has severely hit business activities in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Malang university develops safety chamber to minimize patient contact
Academics and volunteers at the Muhammadiyah University of Malang (UMM) in East Java have developed a safety chamber to allow medical workers to examine patients while minimizing their potential exposure to COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Four provinces maintain zero-case status amid looming crisis
The rapid spread of COVID-19 has impacted as many as 30 provinces, with capital Jakarta identified as the outbreak’s epicenter.
— The Jakarta Post

SOEs Ministry starts processing Jiwasraya claim payments
The State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry is currently processing the payment of state-run insurer PT Asuransi Jiwasraya policyholders’ claims, a high-ranking official said.
— The Jakarta Post

Bulog ensures food stocks to suffice despite demand spike
The State Logistics Agency (Bulog) has made assurance of food stocks being adequate as a precautionary measure against a sharp spike in demand.
— Antara News

Foreign worker killed, two others severely injured in Freeport shooting
A foreign employee of gold and copper mining company PT Freeport Indonesia was shot dead on Monday by gunmen in Timika, the capital city of Mimika regency in Papua.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi urges regional heads to tighten entry of Jabodetabek travelers
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has brought to the urgent attention of regional heads to further tighten the entry of travelers from Jakarta, Depok, Bogor, Tangerang, and Bekasi (Jabodetabek) into their regions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Jakarta Provincial Government records 720 COVID-19 positive cases
The Jakarta Provincial Government has recorded a total number of 720 COVID-19 cases up until Monday, with 48 people having recovered and 76 having died of the virus.
— Antara News

Jokowi instructs ministries to apply social safety net program
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has instructed relevant ministries and institutions to implement a social safety net program without further ado in a bid to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Luhut to Propose Local Lockdown Scheme to Jokowi
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan was reportedly set to propose a local lockdown scheme to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo during today’s teleconference meeting, Monday, March 30.

New Zealander killed in Papua shooting
One New Zealand national died and two Indonesian workers were injured after members of a Papua armed group opened fire at the offices of PT Freeport Indonesia on Monday in Kuala Kencana subdistrict, Timika, Papua.
— Antara News

Coronavirus curfew imposed in Indonesia’s Aceh province until May 29
The Aceh Regional Leadership Communication Forum (Forkopimda) has voiced its support for the imposition of a two-month curfew across Indonesia’s westernmost province of Aceh to contain the spread of the new coronavirus disease.
— Antara News

MPR supports government’s plan to announce territorial quarantine
Chairman of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Bambang Soesatyo has put his weight behind the Indonesian government’s plan to declare territorial quarantine in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
— Antara News

PKS Reminds Jakarta Govt to Ensure Logistics in Case of Lockdown
The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) faction in the Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) demanded provincial administration ensure a sufficient supply of logistics and food if the capital city decides to enter coronavirus lockdown or local quarantine.

Riau Overwhelmed by Arrivals of 3000 Migrant Workers Daily
Thousands of Indonesian migrant workers from Malaysia landed in Riau Islands after Malaysia was put on lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic.

Ganjar Allots Rp1.4tn for Coronavirus Handling in Central Java
Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo was preparing a budget of Rp1.4 trillion to combat the coronavirus spread in his region.

Local Manufacturers Can Meet PPE, Medicine Demand During Pandemic
Indonesia is ramping up production of medical protective gear, medical supplies, and critical medicines, confident of local producers’ capacity to meet the demand during the Covid-19 pandemic in the next four months.
— Jakarta Globe

Jakarta Not Closing Roads, Toll Roads over Coronavirus: Police
Jakarta Metro Police’s Traffic Directorate dismissed issues saying the police planned to close the city’s main and toll roads heading to the capital in a bid to curb the spread of the new coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2.

PLN Clarifies Issue on Compensation during Coronavirus Emergency
State-owned electricity firm PLN clarified that rumors saying it would provide compensation for people carrying out remote working or work from home (WFH) during the emergency period of the coronavirus outbreak is a hoax.

Anies Baswedan Urges Jakartans to Order Groceries Online
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan appealed to all residents to shop groceries online in an effort to maintain social distancing due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Civil Servants Banned from Homecoming Amidst COVID-19 Outbreak
The Minister of State Apparatus and Bureaucratic Reform Tjahjo Kumolo, has officially issued a ban on homecoming, or known as ‘mudik’, for state officials (ASN).

National Logistics Hampered by Regional COVID-19 Quarantines
he Indonesian Logistics Association said that the government’s late plan to enforce a coronavirus (COVID-19) regional quarantine will take its toll on the distribution of logistics.

Police thwart attempt to sell 11 kg of crystal meth
The West Jakarta Metropolitan Police’s anti-drug squad thwarted an attempt by six drug dealers to trade crystal methamphetamine by taking advantage of the authorities diverting police resources to tackle the COVID-19 crisis.
— Antara News

COVID-19 outbreak deals severe blow to South Sumatra hoteliers
Several hoteliers in Palembang, the capital of South Sumatra Province, are considering closing shop temporarily due to poor occupancy rates over the past three months in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Antara News

COVID-19: Advocacy groups call for law enforcement to refrain from putting people in jail
A coalition of legal watchdogs has urged law enforcement to temporarily refrain from putting more people in penitentiaries to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

People with bipolar disorder seek strength amid social distancing
Being isolated and cut off from social interaction and everyday routines can be hard for everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post



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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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