Indonesia morning news for May 1

Indonesia morning news for May 1

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia’s Virus Cases Top 10,000 Amid Calls to Ramp Up Testing
Indonesia’s coronavirus cases exceeded 10,000 as infections showed no signs of slowing even with partial lockdowns and travel restrictions in the nation’s main cities.
— Bloomberg

Coronavirus Blunders in Indonesia Turn Crisis Into Catastrophe
The sequence of denial, reluctance, and alarm in Indonesia’s response to the coronavirus crisis follows the trajectory of many other countries, including highly developed nations.
— Carneige

Govt highlights hospital bed shortage at 1.2 per thousand Indonesians
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has drawn attention to the scarcity of beds at Indonesian hospitals, at only 1.2 per thousand people.
— Antara News

In Indonesia, villagers are blocking burials of coronavirus victims, fearing contamination
In a village in Indonesia’s Central Java’s regency of Wonosobo, a farmer offered his small plot of land to bury patients who had died of Covid-19.

Garuda Indonesia to test passengers for COVID-19
Airline passengers may need to anticipate that the new normal for air travel could require that they be tested for COVID-19 before boarding.
— The Jakarta Post

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COVID-19: Mass prayers still held in parts of Indonesia despite guidance issued by central government
About a thousand men and women filled the iconic mosque Baiturrahman in Indonesia’s westernmost province of Aceh amid the COVID-19 pandemic, performing evening prayers during the Islamic holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Government to punish civil servants violating ‘mudik’ ban
Civil servants found flouting the homecoming, or ‘mudik’, ban will face disciplinary action in the form of a reprimand, demotion, or even dismissal, according to the Ministry of State Apparatus Empowerment and Bureaucratic Reform.
— Antara News

Pandemic; Indonesia Predicts State Revenue 10% below Target
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati projects the state revenue in 2020 will miss the target by 10 percent — an impact of the new coronavirus pandemic.

Jokowi believes Indonesia would recover from COVID-19 pandemic in 2021
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) expressed strong belief on Thursday that Indonesia would recover from the ongoing new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and rebound to realize its national development goals in 2021.
— Antara News

Problems of food crisis, energy resilience looming over Indonesia
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has thrown strong light on some problems pertaining to food crisis, energy resilience, and social safety net system, among others, that Indonesia might continue to face in future.
— Antara News

Two sun bears break out of rescue center in Yogyakarta
Two sun bears recently placed under quarantine at the Wildlife Rescue Center (WRC) in Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta, escaped from their cages on Wednesday afternoon.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19 patients in West Nusa Tenggara break out of isolation, pray at mosques
Several COVID-19 patients in West Nusa Tenggara with a recent travel history to a tabligh (Islamic mass gathering) in Gowa, South Sulawesi have escaped quarantine, putting others in their vicinity at risk of contracting the disease.
— The Jakarta Post

Government to offer bonds worth $57.1b until year-end
The government will offer Rp 856.8 trillion (US$57.11 billion) worth of government bonds from the second quarter through to the end of year to finance a widening budget deficit and to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

70% of textile companies could go out of business because of COVID-19: Association
As COVID-19 continues to batter the Indonesian economy, 70 percent of textile and textile product (TPT) companies face permanent closure as a result of plunging domestic and export demand, an industry group has warned.
— The Jakarta Post

Coronavirus: Indonesia enhances health protocols at borders amid mass return of workers from abroad
Indonesia is ramping up health protocols at key borders to deal with its returning migrant workforce amid the Covid-19 crisis, as thousands of Indonesian workers are on their way home.
— Straits Times

COVID-19 pushes Indonesia zoo animals to brink of starvation
Indonesia: Thousands of animals, including endangered Sumatran tigers and Bornean orangutans, are facing starvation at Indonesia’s zoos as the global pandemic pushes shuttered facilities toward collapse, officials say.

Indonesia Repatriates Nearly 70,000 Migrant Workers From Malaysia
People’s Consultative Assembly Speaker Bambang Soesatyo has asked the government to provide assistance for Indonesian migrant workers so they can return home during the coronavirus pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

Magnitude 5.0 earthquake shakes eastern Indonesia
A magnitude 5.0 earthquake jolted Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province Thursday, according to the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG).
— Anadolu Agency

359 Indonesian Dream Explorer Crew Members Returned Home
As many as 359 crew members on board of the Dream Explorer, a cruise ship that sails from Shanghai, Sydney and Auckland, have now returned back to Indonesia through the Tanjung Priok Port, on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

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Sri Mulyani: PPE Scarcity Not Caused by State’s Lack of Money
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said that the scarcity of personal protective equipment or PPE in Indonesia is not caused by a lack of money on the stateside.

Tangerang City Extends PSBB Period until May 15
Tangerang Mayor Arief R Wismansyah was determined to extend the period of Large-Scale Social Restrictions or PSBB in his region until May 15, 2020.

Ministry confirms 17 foreigners succumbed to COVID-19 in Indonesia
A total of 17 foreign nationals in Indonesia died of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 infection, according to the Foreign Ministry.
— Antara News

PSBB flattens COVID-19 curve in West Java: Ridwan Kamil
The rate of COVID-19 transmission in West Java has flattened since large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) were implemented in the province.
— The Jakarta Post

BPJS Kesehatan to return to previous premiums as of May 1
The Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) has announced that it will return the premiums for the national health insurance (JKN) program to their original rates on Friday, in accordance with a Supreme Court ruling.
— The Jakarta Post

Only one third of manufacturers still operating: Govt
Factory activity has collapsed with only one third of manufacturing companies and workers operating at present, a high-ranking official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Bank Indonesia’s $33b Quantitative Easing Not Much Use Without Fiscal Policy: Governor
Bank Indonesia, the country’s central bank, has pumped close to $25 billion in additional liquidity into the local market since January to prop up the largest economy in Southeast Asia and is preparing to inject $7.6 billion more in the next few months,
— Jakarta Globe

Govt Anticipating Return of 15,000 Migrant Workers
The Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Cultural Affairs (Menko PMK) expects a substantial wave of Indonesian Migrant Workers (TKI) returning home ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

Recovered COVID-19 Patients Called on to Donate Plasma
A team of convalescent plasma researchers from Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital (RSCM) and the University of Indonesia’s Faculty of Medicine hoped COVID-19 patients who have been declared healthy are willing to donate their blood plasma.

Jokowi Instructs Regions to Prepare Economic Recovery Plans
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Thursday encouraged regional leaders to prepare a grand recovery plan at the same time they impose the health and economy mitigation for the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Jakarta Civil Servants See 50pct Allowance Cut during Pandemic
The Jakarta Employment Agency Head Chaidir confirmed the government will deduct 50 percent of the civil servants’ (ASN) earnings improvement allowance or TPP in a bid to adjust the capability of regional budgets (APBD) during the coronavirus pandemic.

Government restricts leave of civil servants amid pandemic
The Ministry of State Apparatus Empowerment and Bureaucratic Reform has limited the grant of leave permits for state civil servants during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of efforts to prevent a wider outbreak.
— Antara News

Expert says virgin red palm oil boosts immunity
Food technology and agricultural products expert from Gadjah Mada University, Sri Raharjo, said consumption of virgin red palm oil (VRO) can help build immunity, and especially strengthen lungs, against a COVID-19 infection.
— Antara News

Rupiah appreciates against US dollar ahead of long weekend
The Indonesian rupiah strengthened significantly against the US dollar in the Jakarta interbank market on Thursday to close at Rp15,000 ahead of a long weekend.
— Antara News

New chief justice Syarifuddin takes his oath to lead Supreme Court
Muhammad Syarifuddin is officially at the helm of the country’s highest court after taking his oath to serve as the new Supreme Court chief justice before President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the State Palace on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

Former PPP chairman Romahurmuziy walks free after court reduces prison sentence
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has released former United Development Party (PPP) chairman and graft convict Muhammad “Romy” Romahurmuziy from prison after the Jakarta High Court ruled in favor of his appeal for a sentence reduction.
— The Jakarta Post

State-owned banks restructure loans worth US$8 billion
State-owned banks have restructured more than Rp 120.86 trillion (US$ 8.05 billion) in loans to over 832,000 borrowers in an effort to curb the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses and individuals.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: More than 1,000 Indonesian Tablighi Jamaat members stranded overseas
The Foreign Ministry has revealed that 1,129 Indonesian members of Tablighi Jamaat, a worldwide Islamic missionary movement, are stranded in 13 countries due to the lockdown policy imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi, Modi Strengthen Cooperation During Pandemic
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo spoke on the phone with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday to discuss bilateral affairs and cooperation to overcome the coronavirus crisis.
— Jakarta Globe

PCR Testing for Covid-19 in Depok
Depok, one of Jakarta’s satellite cities and the region with the highest number of Covid-19 cases in West Java, conducted Covid-19 testing using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method on suspected patients on Thursday.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi: COVID-19 Exposes Problems within Healthcare Sector
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Thursday said the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a number of deficiencies and issues across a number of sectors such as healthcare, economic security, social issues, up to food distribution.

Police Cracking Down on Homecomer Smuggling Services
The Indonesian Police Force is currently conducting an investigation into homecomer smuggling services that has emerged as a result of the ban on national mudik, or homecoming, ahead of the coming Eid al-Fitr.

Army Hospital’s special rooms to treat pregnant COVID-19 patients
The Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) in Jakarta has readied special rooms to offer treatment to pregnant women exposed to the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to Army Chief of Staff General Andika Perkasa.
— Antara News

Indonesia offers investors six construction projects
The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) has offered construction projects of five toll roads and a bridge worth trillions to investors during a teleconference meeting in Jakarta, Thursday.
— Antara News

May Day, Workers Plan Massive Social Media Rally
The Federation of Indonesian Metal Workers Union (FSPMI) on Thursday announced that its members will continue to commemorate the international workers’ day or May Day amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, taking the form of virtual rallies on every online social platform.

MRT Jakarta Construction Phase 2 Postponed over COVID-19 Pandemic
The construction of Phase 2A of the MRT railroad project starting from Thamrin to Monas has been eventually postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Police intensify patrol to preserve public order amid pandemic
Police have intensified security patrols to preserve peace and order following the implementation of large-scale social restrictions and the ban on annual homebound exodus to curb the spread of COVID-19, a senior official said.
— Antara News

Sampoerna factory closes after two COVID-19 deaths, authorities race to trace contacts
Tobacco giant HM Sampoerna’s factory in Rungkut district of Surabaya, East Java, has temporarily shut down following reports that two of its workers had died of COVID-19 and dozens of other workers had tested positive for the virus that causes the disease.
— The Jakarta Post

Lack of data hinders government’s plan to help ultra-micro enterprises
The government’s plan to provide social assistance for ultra-micro enterprises affected by the COVID-19 pandemic has been hindered by a lack of data, Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Minister Teten Masduki has said.
— The Jakarta Post

OJK Claims Financial Services Sector Stable Despite Pandemic
The Financial Services Authority (OJK) continues to closely monitor the development of the financial services sector under the economic pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic and concludes that this sector is in stable condition.

Ministry distributes 56,125 aid packages to COVID-19-affected families
The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry began the distribution of 56,125 aid packages through its offices across Indonesia to families reeling from the impact of the ongoing pandemic of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— Antara News

Tourism Ministry to help MSMEs access aid programs
The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy will help MSMEs (micro, small, medium-scale enterprises) gain access to five assistance schemes prepared by the government for economic protection and recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Six passengers of Central Java-bound bus hide to avoid police
Six passengers of a bus, headed to Central Java’s cities, tried evading security check on homebound travelers by hiding in darkness inside the vehicle cabin though were found by Jakarta Metropolitan Police officers, Wednesday evening.
— Antara News

Gojek acquires point-of-sale start-up Moka
Gojek has announced that it has acquired Indonesian payments start-up Moka to boost the digital operations of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), especially during the pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Gojek, Traveloka will not offer courses in preemployment card training: Program management
The management of the government’s preemployment card program revealed Wednesday that it had failed to persuade ride-hailing decacorn Gojek and online airline ticketing and hotel booking unicorn Traveloka to be its partners.
— The Jakarta Post



Feature photo Indonesia Tuna Factory
This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on World Tuna Day, May 2.


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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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