Indonesia morning news for May 13

Indonesia morning news for May 13
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Indonesia’s COVID-19 Deaths Top 1,000 as Those Under 45 Urged to Resume Work
Indonesia’s death toll from the novel coronavirus passed the 1,000 mark on Tuesday, even as authorities signalled they were poised to ease some social restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the virus in the Southeast Asian country.
— The New York Times

Indonesia eyes $1 billion rescue for virus-hit national airline
Indonesia is drawing up a $1.0 billion rescue plan for struggling national airline Garuda after the coronavirus forced the company to ground most of its planes, Bloomberg News reported Monday.

‘Shut Freeport mine’ plea by Mimika regent after workers test positive
The regent of Mimika in Papua has urged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to temporarily close a mine in the regency owned by gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia as the number of covid-19 coronavirus cases in the area continues to rise.
— Asia Pacific Report

Death toll from fire aboard tanker rises to seven
The death toll from a fire that erupted aboard the MT Jag Leela tanker at Belawan Port in North Sumatra Province increased to seven on Tuesday afternoon.
— Antara News

The battle for West Papuan independence from Indonesia has intensified with deadly results
In the highlands of Papua, in easternmost Indonesia, villagers are returning to the burnt-out remains of their abandoned homes.
— ABC News

Government to suspend entry for foreign workers during COVID-19 outbreak
The government has suspended entry for foreign workers during the COVID-19 outbreak following reports that hundreds of Chinese workers have tried to enter Southeast Sulawesi.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt plans to reopen economy by Q3 as experts caution against COVID-19 ‘second wave’
The Indonesian government is mulling over a plan to start easing the COVID-19 social restrictions in June to allow businesses to resume operations gradually.
— The Jakarta Post

House Passes Law Guaranteeing Jokowi’s $27b Covid-19 Stimulus
The House of Representatives passed into law a government regulation on emergency state financing for Covid-19 mitigation on Tuesday, offering solid footing for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration to move forward with plans to lessen the impact of the pandemic on public welfare and the economy.
— Jakarta Globe

Traditional Market Traders in Bekasi Test Positive for COVID-19
Bekasi Mayor Rahmat Effendi announced on Tuesday that two sellers at a traditional market were tested positive for COVID-19 after the local government conducted a mass coronavirus test on Sunday, May 10.

Indonesia’s ‘rice ATMs’ provide staple amid coronavirus crunch
The global pandemic has left millions of Indonesians struggling to make ends meet.
— The Japan Times

Indonesia Installs Covid-19 Mobile Labs at Airports, Harbors, Border Checkpoints
The National Disaster Management Agency, or BNPB, is setting up mobile laboratories at airports and seaports around the country to test arrivals for Covid-19.
— Jakarta Globe

Ambon hospital suspends operations after 25 medical workers test positive for COVID-19
The Maluku provincial administration has temporarily closed Haulussy Hospital in Ambon after 25 medical staffers working in the facility tested positive for COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

SAR team finds American pilot”s body in Lake Sentani, Papua
The body of US national Joice Lin, pilot of an MAF airplane that crashed into Lake Sentani, Papua Province, Tuesday morning, was found in the lake, Norbert Tunyanan, Indonesia’s Transport Safety Committee (KNKT) representative, stated.
— Antara News

Bappenas forecasts 1% economic growth in Indonesia amid COVID-19
Minister of National Development Planning/Head of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), Suharso Monoarfa, projected that Indonesia will record an economic growth of one percent owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Indonesia to carry out large-scale trials of blood plasma therapy for COVID-19 patients
Indonesia is gearing up for a large-scale trial on convalescent plasma treatment for COVID-19 patients amid a global rally to find a cure for the fast-spreading novel coronavirus, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Mortality higher among COVID-19 patients with kidney problems
People suffering from kidney and heart ailments face a greater risk of death if they contract the coronavirus disease, according to chief of the Task Force for Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling, Doni Monardo.
— Antara News

COVID-19 Task Force May Ease Restrictions in Approved Regions
Head of the COVID-19 task force Doni Monardo on Tuesday announced that the large-scale social restriction (PSBB) would only be relaxed for regions that have managed to overcome COVID-19 cases or have flattened the curve.

Number of COVID-19 patients treated at Wisma Atlet reaches 852
The Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital (RSD) in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, treated 852 COVID-19 patients as of May 11, 2020.
— Antara News

The New Normal for Tourism; Here are the Things Set to Change
As the Large Scale Social Restriction (PSBB) policy is starting to be relaxed, the government has now allowed the working population, under 45 years old, to work outside of home, while still adhering to health protocols.

BPJS Kesehatan warns hospitals over not charging for rapid tests
The Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) warned its partnering hospitals to not charge the agency’s clients for rapid tests and not make them a pre-requisite to receive their COVID-19-related medical services.
— Antara News

Cyclone Harold: Indonesia to send 12.9 tons aid to Fiji
The Indonesian Military (TNI) headquarter will dispatch 12.9 tons of humanitarian aid to Fiji to help communities affected by cyclone Harold, which made landfall last month in the South Pacific country.
— Antara News

COVID-19 and Children in Indonesia: An Agenda for Action to Address Socio-Economic Challenges
On 2 March 2020 the first case of COVID-19 was detected in Indonesia; by 8 May, more 12,776 cases and 930 deaths had been reported in all 34 provinces.
— Relief Web

Indonesia fails in tobacco control measures
A myriad of inspirational, beautiful and manipulative commercial messages from the tobacco industry greet Indonesian children and youths every day through various channels.
— The Jakarta Post

Which Indonesian Province Is Winning Against Covid-19?
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo held a meeting on Tuesday to evaluate how the large-scale social restriction, or PSBB, has worked – or not – in suppressing Covid-19.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi Expects More Effective Covid-19 Mitigation in Java Island
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo demanded the Covid-19 mitigation task force to be more active in curbing the virus spread in the next two weeks.

Tokopedia Works with ‘World-class Cyber Agencies’ to Secure Data
Tokopedia CEO William Tanuwijaya said the company has taken a number of measures to mitigate the data theft of the e-commerce platform.

DPR to Discuss Mineral, Coal Mining or Minerba Bill Today
The House of Representatives (DPR) was set to hold further discussion on the drafts of the mineral and coal mining or Minerba bill to amend Law No. 4/2009 in a plenary meeting today, May 12.

Bogor Set to Extend PSBB until After Eid al-Fitr
The Bogor Regency Government has decided to extend the Large Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) policy for 14 days, until May 26, or after the coming Eid al-Fitr.

Jakarta Tests 167 Homeless for Covid-19; 6 Sent to Hospital
North Jakarta administration has raided a total of 167 homeless people or those with social welfare problems (PMKS) from April 27 until May 11 and conducted the coronavirus disease or Covid-19 rapid tests.

ITB develops disinfection unit for personal protective equipment
A team from Microbiology Study of the Institute Technology of Bandung (ITB) has successfully developed a disinfection unit for personal protective equipment worn by the medical staff to ensure it is safer to use.
— Antara News

Several regions curbed coronavirus spread without applying PSBB
Several Indonesian provinces that did not apply large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) have managed to control the number of new infections, said chief of the Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling, Doni Monardo.
— Antara News

Bali relies on local customs in facing COVID-19 outbreak: Governor
Insisting against implementing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to slow the spread of COVID-19 across the resort island, the Bali administration has been relying on local customs to fight the ongoing outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi calls for caution in easing of PSBB after ‘mudik’ ban relaxation
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called for vigilance and caution amid plans to ease large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in several regions after the central government began to relax the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) ban.
— The Jakarta Post

Supportive rules key to Indonesia’s green investment future: Experts
Indonesia needs a regulatory framework that supports its mission to attract green investment, experts say, as awareness about sustainability grows among the general public.
— The Jakarta Post

DPR Clobber COVID-19 Task Force over Communication Skills
Deputy chief of the House of Representatives’ (DPR) Commission VIII, Ihsan Yunus, on Tuesday, May 12, criticized the ‘political communication’ shown by the national COVID-19 task force, which double acts as members of the national disaster mitigation agency (BNPB).

President hears reports from governors on COVID-19 handling
A number of governors on Tuesday apprised President Joko Widodo of the extent of COVID-19 spread in their areas and mitigation efforts during a limited meeting on the evaluation of large-scale social distancing.
— Antara News

Ambassadors must prioritize cooperation, intensify economic diplomacy
Ambassadors are urged to not solely focus on cooperation in the political and security fields but also deepen economic diplomacy for the realization of productive cooperation.
— Antara News

Family of Chinese fishing vessel crewman demands investigation into son’s death
The mourning family of EP, an Indonesian crew member of a Chinese fishing vessel who died after receiving treatment in South Korea, has called on the government to probe his death after findings some bruises on his body.
— The Jakarta Post

Tjilik Riwut Aiport in Central Kalimantan restarts operations
Passenger flight operations resumed at the Tjilik Riwut Airport in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan Province, starting Tuesday.
— Antara News

New BNPT chief faces tough challenge of ending deradicalization behind bars
The new National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) chief is facing tough challenges to step up campaigns against violent extremism and the spread of radicalism behind bars.
— The Jakarta Post

New marine debris action plan focuses on waste processing investment
As an effort to eradicate marine waste once and for all, the government has rolled out its latest action plan for authorities, businesses and communities to prevent plastic waste from ending up in the ocean by 2025.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi sends list of new ambassadorship candidates to House
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has submitted the names of 31 ambassador candidates to House of Representatives Commission I overseeing defense and foreign affairs.
— The Jakarta Post

TNI’s involvement in fighting terrorism will have deterrent effect
he Indonesian presidential regulation on engaging the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) in countering terrorism will deter any terrorist group in the country from continuing its movements, a University of Indonesia’s (UI’s) terrorism expert stated.
— Antara News

Time to celebrate unsung heroes amid COVID-19 crisis
This week comes as a stark reminder for people to protect and uphold the rights of the country’s many unsung heroes amid the COVID-19 outbreak: nurses who are on the frontline treating patients, mothers who keep their households afloat and victims seeking justice after the 1998 May riots.
— The Jakarta Post

Brothers charged for alleged honor killing of sister in South Sulawesi
The police have arrested two brothers in Bantaeng regency, South Sulawesi, and named them suspects for allegedly killing their own 18-year-old sister over “shameful acts” committed by the victim that they said had brought dishonor upon their family.
— The Jakarta Post

Over 500 candidates shortlisted for Pertamina Foundation’s 2020 grants
Beasiswa Pertamina Sobat Bumi (Pertamina Friends of the Earth Grant) has shortlisted more than 500 candidates for this year’s Pertamina Foundation grants.
— The Jakarta Post



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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, May 17.


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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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