Indonesia morning news for March 5

Indonesia morning news for March 5

Indonesia morning newsCoronavirus Fear; Indonesia Tightens Entry Rules for 4 Nationals
The government will not restrict the entry of foreigners from four countries which become the epicenters of the Coronavirus spread after China, namely Korea, Japan, Italy, and Iran. Nevertheless, the government will tighten the entry rules for foreigners from those countries.

Seven suspected COVID-19 patients treated at Sulianti Saroso Hospital
Seven patients suspected of having contracted the COVID-19 infection are currently undergoing treatment in isolation rooms at the Sulianti Saroso Infection Disease Hospital in Jakarta.
— Antara News

67 Indonesian crew members test negative for coronavirus
​​​​Sixty-seven Indonesian crew members working on the Diamond Princess cruise ship were confirmed to have tested negative for the Covid-19 coronavirus infection.
— Antara News

Fisheries Ministry detains five foreign fishing boats in Natuna
The Directorate General of Marine Resources Surveillance of the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry detained five illegal foreign fishing boats in North Natuna Sea in Riau Islands and arrested 68 Vietnamese crew members.
— Antara News

Indonesia to test more people for COVID-19
The Health Ministry has said it will now assign its regional labs to test people suspected of carrying the novel coronavirus amid concerns that it has not been proactive enough in detecting infected people to prevent its spread.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Receives 2,000 Reports on Symptoms Similar to Coronavirus
Head of Jakarta Health Agency, Widyastuti, announced to have received more than 2,000 reports of people showing symptoms similar to those of a coronavirus suspect since January 27.

Raw material being imported for masks from Europe
The Indonesian government is considering importing raw material for the production of masks from Europe since the stock of the raw material imported from China is running low.
— Antara News

Indonesia to turn former Vietnamese refugee camp into hospital for COVID-19 patients
Following the confirmation of the first two COVID-19 cases in Indonesia, the government is making plans to transform a former camp for Vietnamese refugees on Galang Island, Batam, Riau Islands, into a hospital for COVID-19 patients.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Eyeing to Reduce Extreme Poverty to Zero Percent in 2024
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has set a national target to reduce Indonesia’s extreme poverty to zero percent in 2024.

Teacher May have Contracted COVID-19; International School Closed
An international school in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta has decided to halt all activities since March 3 after a teacher is suspected of having been exposed to and contracting the novel coronavirus, the COVID-19.

Indonesia must prepare for worst-case scenario in handling Covid-19
Former vice president Jusuf Kalla called on the Indonesian government to prepare for the worst-case scenario to address the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) to curtail the number of patients in the event of an outbreak.
— Antara News

Indonesia finalizes second stimulus package to support trade amid virus fears
The government is working to finalize eight measures that will be incorporated in a second stimulus package aimed at easing rules for exports and imports as supply chains continue to be disrupted by the spread of COVID-19, Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Appoints 137 Hospitals to Handle Coronavirus Cases
Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy says the government has appointed additional hospitals to handle cases of coronavirus or COVID-19.

Indonesia seizes half a million virus masks amid panic buying
Indonesian police seized over half a million face masks from a Jakarta-area warehouse after the country’s first confirmed cases of coronavirus sparked panic buying and sent prices for prevention products skyrocketing.

Batam Quarantines Dozens Ship Crews on Board to Prevent COVID-19
To prevent the spread of the new coronavirus or COVID-19, the Batam Port Health Office quarantined a total of 27 ship crews on a boat in Batam waters.

BI expects Q1 economic growth to drop to 4.9% as virus hurts tourism, trade
Bank Indonesia (BI) is predicting that weakening economic activities, especially involving tourism, exports and imports, would drag down the country’s economic growth to 4.9 percent in the first quarter before picking up again in the following months.
— The Jakarta Post

West Java searches for 90 missing umrah pilgrims amid travel ban
The West Java Religious Affairs Office is tracking down 90 umrah (minor hajj) pilgrims who left for Saudi Arabia from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on Thursday – a day before Saudi Arabia announced a temporary ban on pilgrims to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
— The Jakarta Post

Coronavirus, Govt Allows Face Mask Exports
Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto says the government does not prohibit the export of medical face masks abroad as long as the Coronavirus is still endemic, yet, he hopes exporters can fulfill domestic needs.

President instructs ministry to ensure adequate food supply
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has given an order to the Trade Ministry to ascertain that food supply is sufficient ahead of the Ramadhan fasting month that will start in the end of April.
— Antara News

Indonesia can develop world digital innovation: minister
Indonesia has a great opportunity to become a country that can develop world digital innovation, Minister of Research and Technology Bambang Brodjonegoro said.
— Antara News

President Jokowi Laments on Economic Disruption amid Coronavirus
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo recently lamented on the economic impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak on the global and domestic economy.

Gov’t Tells Suspended Bullet Train Project to Pick Up Pace
The Transportation Ministry has told the contractor of the Jakarta-Bandung fast train project to follow up on safety recommendations following the government’s decision to suspend the construction for two weeks after it caused flooding on a vital stretch of a toll road in West Java.
— Jakarta Globe

UPDATE 1-Indonesia has “many instruments” to support growth amid virus spread
Indonesia’s central bank has “many instruments” it can use to prop up growth in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, amid the risk of slowdown due to the spread of coronavirus, Governor Perry Warjiyo said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Mount Semeru spews hot clouds, public advised to be cautious
Mount Semeru in Lumajang, East Java, has started spewing hot clouds as far as three kilometers, the Malang Disaster and Mitigation Agency (BPBD) reported on Tuesday, issuing a level II (advisory) warning status for the volcano.
— The Jakarta Post

BI sees room for more easing to jack up weakening economy
Indonesia’s central bank sees “ample” room for both monetary and macroprudential policy easing as the coronavirus is seen dragging down Indonesia’s economic growth in the first quarter.
— The Jakarta Post

Think you know how to wash your hands? Doctors say use this method at 9 specific times
The Association of Indonesian Emergency Doctors (PDEI) has released a practical guide for proper hand washing according to the international standard to help the public counter the threat of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to lower import duty for raw materials amid virus woes — industry minister
Indonesia will lower import duties for raw materials amid worries prices will rise due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, industry minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita told media on Wednesday.
— The Edge Malaysia

PLN allocates Rp 90 trillion to build electricity infrastructure this year
State electricity company PLN will set aside Rp 90 trillion (US$6.3 billion) in capital expenditure (capex) in 2020 to finance the development of new electricity infrastructure, the company’s top executive has said.
— The Jakarta Post

BPJS Ketenagakerjaan needs government help to pay compensation to laid-off workers
The Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan) needs financial help from the government to pay for the social security schemes of laid-off workers (JKP), one of workers’ benefits proposed under the omnibus bill on job creation.
— The Jakarta Post

Pertamina mulls relocating multibillion-dollar project to Sumatra over land issue
Indonesia’s top oil company is looking to relocate a US$13.9 billion project over 2,000 kilometers away due to prolonged land acquisition problems at the original site.
— The Jakarta Post

Tax trouble: Indonesia’s luxury car ‘owners’ cry foul
No one was more surprised to learn that Dimas Prayitno owned a Rolls-Royce than the 21-year-old Indonesian himself, who was baffled when told he owed US$15,000 in taxes on the luxury vehicle.

Garuda task force returns to Indonesia after fighting Australian bushfires
A special team, mostly consisting of Indonesian armed forces personnel, known as the Garuda Task Force, has returned to Indonesia after helping to fight recent bushfires in Australia, the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra stated on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Privacy breach, fake news takes mental toll on Indonesia’s first COVID-19 cases
Indonesia’s first two confirmed COVID-19 patients say media coverage and discourse on social media have taken a greater toll than the disease itself, saying that the numerous breaches of privacy have left them “mentally drained.”
— The Jakarta Post

Businesses call for transparent action in handling novel coronavirus
Analysts and businesspeople have called on the government to take transparent and comprehensive steps to prevent a domestic COVID-19 outbreak and mitigate any potential economic risks after Indonesia announced its first two confirmed cases.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt appoints Achmad Yurianto as spokesperson for COVID-19-related matters in Indonesia
The government appointed on Tuesday the Disease Control and Prevention Directorate General’s secretary, Achmad Yurianto , spokesperson for all coronavirus-related matters following the country’s first confirmed cases of COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister Thohir ensures rice stocks to suffice until Eid al-Fitr
State-owned enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir has ensured that the stocks of rice are safe to fulfill the demand until the Eid al-Fitr festivities amid the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19).
— Antara News

Jokowi Asks for Lenient Import Policy as Coronavirus Fears Disrupt Supply Chain
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has asked officials and importers not to complicate import procedures from China as the global supply chain continues to be disrupted by the Covid-19 outbreak, at the same time acknowledging Indonesia’s dependence on imports from China.
— Jakarta Globe

Tangerang Health Agency Performs Coronavirus Handling Simulation
Tangerang Health Agency held a simulation of handling patients with coronavirus on Wednesday, March 4, as a response to the discovery of the Covid-19 case in Depok, West Java.

Minister urges KCIC to apply recommendation on project suspension
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi called on PT Indonesia-China High-Speed Train (KCIC), as Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Train Project’s executor, to immediately implement the Construction Safety Committee of the Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Ministry’s recommendation.
— Antara News

Surabaya Mayor Risma admits to hoarding masks ‘since January’ in anticipation of COVID-19 outbreak
As regions across the country are hit with shortages and the rising price of face masks following Indonesia’s first confirmed COVID-19 cases, Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini has admitted that her administration had been hoarding masks to be distributed when necessary.
— The Jakarta Post

Coronavirus Mitigation; Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport Disinfected
Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport on Tuesday, March 3, has been disinfected in an effort to prevent the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Govt Tracks Japanese COVID-19 Patient Move during Indonesia Visit
Indonesia’s spokesman for the handling of the novel coronavirus or known as COVID-19, Achmad Yurianto, said a Japanese citizen who made in contact with Depok residents who later became the first two virus cases in Indonesia did not go to many places during her visit.

Deputy minister advises public against food stockpiling over COVID-19
Deputy Villages, Disadvantaged Region, and Transmigration Minister Budi Arie Setiadi urged people to not panic over novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases surfacing in Indonesia and deemed it unnecessary to buy or stash food for long term.
— Antara News

Indonesians react over violence against Muslims in India
Indian Ambassador to Indonesia Pradeep Kumar Rawat, on February 28 visited Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD in Jakarta to discuss bilateral relations and security issues in the two countries.
— Antara News

Social ministry applies COVID-19 preventative measures on its workers
The Social Affairs Ministry has begun intensifying its surveillance over the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by using infrared thermometers to check the health of employees and guests at its building’s lobby area.
— Antara News

Police arrest three people suspected of hoarding masks in Central Java
Police arrested three suspects charged with hoarding masks and antiseptic liquids in the Central Java provincial capital of Semarang.
— Antara News

President seeks breakthroughs to handle COVID-19 pressure
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has instructed ministries and non-ministerial government institutions to adopt innovative policies that can create breakthroughs amid the challenging economic situation owing to the coronavirus outbreak.
— Antara News

IPIM’s new ETF fund tracks 15 largest companies on local stock exchange
PT Indo Premier Investment Management (IPIM), a subsidiary of PT Indo Premier Sekuritas, listed another exchange-traded fund (ETF) on the Indonesian Stock Exchange (IDX) on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

PDI-P warns against ‘hasty deliberation’ of omnibus bill on job creation
Fearing that several divisive articles in the omnibus bill on job creation may have triggered conflicting views among members of the government coalition, the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has urged lawmakers not to rush in their deliberations, citing the objections of several labor unions.
— The Jakarta Post

AXA Indonesia completes merger of insurer subsidiaries
AXA Indonesia, the local arm of French multinational insurer AXA, has completed the merger of two general insurance subsidiaries in refocusing its business strategy.
— The Jakarta Post

BKPM intent on revitalizing roles of long-time investors
The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) is set to revitalize the role of some long-time investors that have until now received less attention in spite of having potentially big investment plans.
— Antara News

Tangerang police arrest 11 union members over alleged incitement during omnibus protest
The Tangerang regency police have taken 11 labor union members into custody for alleged incitement during protests over the omnibus bill on job creation.
— The Jakarta Post

Agrarian issues, government recruitment process top complaints to Ombudsman
Indonesia’s Ombudsman says it has received fewer public complaints in 2019 than in 2018, most of them regarding land and agrarian disputes and the government recruitment process.
— The Jakarta Post

NGO coalition calls for sustainable fisheries policies
Several nongovernmental organizations are joining forces to monitor the government’s policies on the fisheries sector and to make sure they would not harm the security and ecological sustainability of fish stocks and of the livelihoods of traditional fishermen.
— The Jakarta Post

Two suspected con artists arrested in North Sumatra
Two suspected members of a scam syndicate have been arrested by the crime unit of the Asahan precinct police in North Sumatra after allegedly pulling a foreign currency scam.
— The Jakarta Post



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