Indonesia morning news for March 4

Indonesia morning news for March 4
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ADB Disbursing US$2.7bn Loans for Indonesia
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is ready to disburse US$2.7 billion worth of loans for Indonesia this year.

Jakarta hospital places six suspected COVID-19 patients in isolation
Six people suspected of having contracted Coronavirus (Covid-19) are being isolated at the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital after developing symptoms of fever and cough.
— Antara News

10 foreigners at airport advised to return home
The Batam Port Health Office has advised ten foreign nationals who had high body temperature upon arrival at the international airport in the city to return home to avoid the spread of coronavirus or COVID-19.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Most Active Volcano Erupts Again
Mount Merapi, Indonesia’s most active volcano located on the border between Central Java and Yogyakarta, erupted again on Tuesday morning, sending a massive smoke-and-ash column 6,000 meters into the sky.
— Jakarta Globe

WHO calls for calm after Indonesia confirms cases of COVID-19
The World Health Organization has called on the public in general to remain calm after Indonesia confirmed its first coronavirus cases in the country, as the UN health body raised the possibility that more cases may be detected in the near future.
— The Jakarta Post

Dengue fever kills 11, infects hundreds in East Nusa Tenggara regency
Eleven people have died due to dengue fever in Sikka regency, East Nusa Tenggara, while up to 1,057 people have been infected since the beginning of the year, the Sikka Health Agency reported.
— The Jakarta Post

At Least 48 People Under Observation in Indonesia After Coming Into Contact With Covid-19 Patients
The government revealed on Monday at least 48 people have been put under observation after coming into direct contact with the first two confirmed Covid-19 patients in Indonesia and admitted the number could grow.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia plans second stimulus package
Indonesia is working on a second stimulus package to shore up South-east Asia’s biggest economy, adding to the central bank’s aggressive moves to counter the impact of the coronavirus on financial markets.
— The Straits Times

W Jakarta to track details of visit of Japanese positive for COVID-19
West Jakarta Mayor Rustam Effendi has ordered his staff to track all Jakarta-area locations visited by a Japanese citizen who later tested positive for the coronavirus, or Covid-19.
— Antara News

Govt Covers Confirmed Coronavirus Patients’ Treatment
Head of the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) M. Iqbal Anas Ma’ruf announced that the medical bills of confirmed coronavirus patients are covered by the Indonesian Health Ministry and regional administrations, not the BPJS.

Anies Asks Jakartans with Coronavirus Symptoms to Call 112/119
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said Jakartans developing symptoms of the new coronavirus or COVID-19 such as cough, fever, and difficulty breathing should not directly visit a health facility.

Government to ease import procedures as manufacturers look beyond China for sources of raw materials
The government plans to ease licensing procedures for importing raw materials as the country’s manufacturing industry begins to feel the impact of the disruption to the supply chain from China caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

Police Continue to Hunt Face Mask Hoarders amid Coronavirus
The Indonesian National Police (POLRI) deputy chief, General Commissioner Gatot Eddy Pramono assures that his institution continues to hunt down medical face mask hoarders amid the coronavirus crisis.

Government to speed up coal gasification plant construction
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto said the government would speed up construction of a coal gasification plant owned by PT Bukit Asam Tbk (PTBA), since the state-run company has already prepared for using this technology.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s bid for space credentials takes off
Workers snap the miniature rocket’s wings into place as Indonesia’s little-known space agency readies its latest launch on scrub land in East Java.
— The Straits Times

Jakarta Formula E Preparation Continues Despite Coronavirus
The Jakarta Formula E racing committee announced that the preparation for the urban electric formula racing series will continue despite the city deciding not to issue permits for large public gatherings after two people were confirmed positive for coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Depok, West Java, on Monday.

President calls for protection of privacy of COVID-19 patients
President Joko Widodo has called for the privacy and identity of COVID-19 patients to be protected, following two confirmed cases, thus far, in Indonesia.
— Antara News

‘It’s punishable’: Government finds 148 hoaxes related to COVID-19 spread
Communication and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate said that the ministry had found 148 hoaxes related to the COVID-19 spread as of Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s manufacturing industry expansive despite virus spread
Indonesia’ manufacturing industry is showing signs of strength despite indications of plunging business activity in neighboring countries amid the spread of the coronavirus.
— The Jakarta Post

Health Agency: Coronavirus Patients Showing Positive Recovery
Indonesia’s official spokesperson on the COVID-19 mitigation, Achmad Yurianto, said the two confirmed coronavirus patients currently treated at the RSPI Sulianti Saroso hospital are showing signs of improvements.

No Special Hospital for Covid-19 Patients, Health Ministry Says
Achmad Yurianto, spokesman for the national coronavirus outbreak mitigation, said that the government will not build a special hospital to treat COVID-19 patients, as China has.

Ministry to continually monitor COVID-19 impacts on Indonesian economy
The Finance Ministry has constantly monitored the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on Indonesia’s economy, as the disease has spread further to 65 nations, including Indonesia.
— Antara News

Umrah pilgrims can reschedule at no extra costs, government promises
The government has promised thousands of Indonesian Muslims, whose planned pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia have been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak, to reschedule their trips at no extra costs.
— The Jakarta Post

Coronavirus Crisis; West Jakarta Police Anticipate Panic Buying
The Cengkareng Police in West Jakarta inspected the Fajar Baru traditional market and Robinson Ramayana Supermarket to prevent panic buying following Monday’s news about Indonesia’s confirmed first COVID-19 coronavirus case, which was announced by President Jokowi himself.

Shortage of Hand Sanitizer; Anies Baswedan: Use Water and Soap
In response to the shortage of hand sanitizer in markets, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan asserted that washing hands to tackle the new coronavirus or COVID-19 did not necessarily have to use it.

Sri Mulyani appoints new oil palm agency head amid commodity’s challenges
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has appointed Eddy Abdurrachman as the new Indonesian Oil Palm Estate Fund (BPDP-KS) president director, replacing Dono Boestami.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi: Covid-19 Symptoms Similar to Flu
President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, appeals to the public not to panic following the positive coronavirus or Covid-19 on two Depok residents.

Bali quarantines nine foreign tourists who sat next to NZ COVID-19 patient in airplane
Balinese health authorities have quarantined nine foreign tourists who were on Emirates flight EK450 from Dubai to Bali after it was found that they sat near a New Zealander who later tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— The Jakarta Post

Walhi Rejects Palace Invitation on Job Creation Bill Meeting
The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) rejected the meeting invitation to discuss the drafts of the omnibus law on job creation.

West Papua takes precautionary measures for Chinese ship’s arrival
The Indonesian authorities from immigration and other related agencies in Manokwari, West Papua Province’s capital, will not allow crew members of a Chinese cargo vessel arriving in the near future to alight from their ship.
— Antara News

Presidential palace begins thermal scanning of guests, officials
Guests and officials entering the presidential palace in Central Jakarta are being subject to body temperature checks by an officer as a precautionary measure against the spread of Covid-19.
— Antara News

MPR speaker backs extension of autonomy funds for Papua, West Papua
People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo said he urges the government and House of Representatives (DPR) to extend the special autonomy funds for Papua and West Papua Provinces, which will end in 2021.
— Antara News

Adi Sumarmo Airport closed temporarily after Mt Merapi erupts
Directorate General of Civil Aviation of the Ministry of Transportation temporarily shut down the Adi Sumarmo International Airport in Solo, Central Java, after Mount Merapi erupted at 5:33 a.m. local time.
— Antara News

Property developer Repower partners with three local banks to provide mortgage loans
Publicly listed property developer PT Repower Asia Indonesia has reached an agreement with three local banks to provide mortgage loans for the purchases of the company’s upscale housing complex in Depok, West Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Government to offer 50-percent discount on flight ticket prices
The government will go ahead with its plan to offer a nearly 50-percent discount in flight tickets to 10 destinations despite first coronavirus cases confirmed in the country, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi stated.
— Antara News

Ministry rolls up sleeves to finish Rp 1.3t of Labuan Bajo projects by yearend
The Public Works and Housing Ministry has stated that it will finish constructing several infrastructure projects in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), including roads and bridges, by end of the year.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister urges public to not panic over coronavirus infection
Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian appealed to the public to not panic in the midst of the current issue of coronavirus, or Covid-19.
— Antara News

Wildfire exhumes two hectares of peatland in Aceh
A wildfire scorched two hectares of peatland area in Lamie Village, Darul Makmur Sub-district, Nagan Raya District, Aceh Province.
— Antara News

‘Wife not housemaid’: Muslim clerics challenge conservative views on spousal roles
While conservative Muslims in Indonesia believe that the main responsibility of a wife is to stay at home and be an adept homemaker, two clerics maintain that Islam has never positioned women as maids.
— The Jakarta Post

Archeologists call for preservation of ancient structure found in Kediri airport site
Archeologists have called for the preservation of an ancient brick structure recently found in Kediri, East Java, in an area set to be developed into a new airport funded by major cigarette producer Gudang Garam.
— The Jakarta Post

Officials halt reconstruction of vandalized Ahmadiyah mosque
Authorities in Sukabumi, West Java, have reportedly halted the reconstruction of a mosque belonging to an Ahmadiyah group in the regency, highlighting continued repression against the minority Muslim group since 2008 when the mosque was set ablaze by mobs.
— The Jakarta Post

Shophouses collapse in East Java after river overflows, eroding foundation
Nine shophouses at the Jompo shopping complex in Kaliwates district, Jember regency, East Java, collapsed on Monday morning after a nearby river overflowed due to heavy rainfall.
— The Jakarta Post



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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on World Wildlife Day, March 3, here the Borneo orangutan.


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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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