Indonesia morning news for May 14

Indonesia morning news for May 14
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With limited access to birth control, Indonesia set to see a COVID-19 baby boom
Stay home and make babies? As condoms and other forms of birth control are unavailable to a growing number of Indonesians during the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s fourth-most populous nation may see a baby boom.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Sees Record Jump in Infections as Cases Top 15,000
Indonesia reported a record surge in new coronavirus infections, taking the total cases to more than 15,000 as the world’s fourth-most populous nation struggled to contain the pandemic’s spread.
— Bloomberg

Airport Turns to Covid-19 Swab Tests, instead of Rapid Tests
State-run airport operator Angkasa Pura I (AP I) planned to study the use of polymerase chain reaction or PCR swab tests to detect passengers carrying the novel coronavirus in airports under its management.

Where Bats Are Still on the Menu, if No Longer the Best Seller
Indonesia’s wildlife markets are “like a cafeteria for animal pathogens,” but they have resisted efforts to close even as China has shut its own markets over coronavirus fears.
— The New York Times

Jakarta’s Indonesian Red Cross Announce Blood Supply Shortage
Head of Jakarta’s Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) blood transfusion unit, Shalimar Salim, revealed the shortage of supplies amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Sales triple: Indonesia’s start-up YOU says consumer understanding of vitamins’ benefits surging
Indonesia’s gummy supplement start-up, YOU, said sales of its adults’ and kids’ multivitamins have nearly tripled amid the COVID-19 outbreak, as more recognise vitamins as a means of preventive healthcare.
— Food Navigator-Asia

Jakarta’s Forgotten Horses
Horse-drawn buggies that used to carry tourists around the National Monument in Central Jakarta have been banned since three months ago as the city went into semi-lockdown to limit the spread of coronavirus.
— Jakarta Globe

‘Large volatility’: Coca-Cola Amatil struggles with sales in Oceania and Indonesia amidst COVID-19 lockdowns
Coca-Coca Amatil has been hit with plummeting sales volumes in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia amidst COVID-19 lockdowns being implemented by all three countries, but remains positive that its strong foundations will tide it through the crisis.
— Food Navigator-Asia

Jokowi raises BPJS Kesehatan premiums, again
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has raised the premiums for the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) – roughly two months after the Supreme Court annulled his earlier decision to increase the premiums.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Sees Highest Rate of Covid-19 Death Toll
The Indonesian government reported a total of 1,007 deaths from the new coronavirus disease called Covid-19 as of May 12, 2020.

Govt to provide US$1.68 billion stimulus package with hotel, airfare discounts
The government is set to provide a Rp 25 trillion (US$1.68 billion) stimulus package that includes airfare and hotel discounts to speed up the recovery of the travel industry after the pandemic subsides.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Calls on UN to Protect Rights of Fishermen
Indonesia called on the United Nations to do more to protect its fishermen at a Human Rights Council virtual assembly on May 8, after allegations surfaced that the bodies of Indonesian fishermen were being dumped into the sea by Chinese vessels.
— Jakarta Globe

Government to allocate extra spending of Rp 56 trillion in 2021 to revive economy
The government plans to allocate an additional Rp 56.5 trillion (US$3.8 billion) to a number ministries and agencies in 2021 to revive the economy, according to the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas).
— The Jakarta Post

UU Minerba; Controversial Aspects Embodied in Mining Law
The majority of the House of Representatives (DPR) on Tuesday’s plenary meeting went in favor of the government after they officially passed the coal and mineral Bill (UU Minerba) into a Law.

President upbeat about social assistance boosting purchasing power
President Joko Widodo is optimistic that the government’s social assistance programs would increase the public’s purchasing power, particularly to buy food.
— Antara News

Jokowi proposes military involvement in fight against terrorism through Perpres
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has proposed involving military forces to strengthen Indonesia’s fight against terrorism through a presidential regulation (Perpres) that was submitted to the House of Representatives on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19 Update: Recovery Cases Outweigh the Death Toll
The number of coronavirus (COVID-19) recoveries has increased to 3,287 cases with the additional 224 recoveries as of Wednesday, May 13.

Seven victims of oil tanker fire in North Sumatra identified
The North Sumatra Police identified on Tuesday night seven crew members of crude oil tanker Jag Leela at Belawan Port in Medan, North Sumatra, who were killed in a fire on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Concerns over West Java as Aid Recipient Inflates to 38 Million
West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has expressed his concerns over the inflating number of social aid recipients, as it has increased from 25 to 63 percent.

Indonesia, EU Hopeful on Green Agenda amid Pandemic
In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Commission has revealed that hopes remain high in maintaining their diplomatic and economic ties with Indonesia, geared to fulfill the Commission’s Green Deal.

Ensuring only healthy foreigners enter through Batam city: officials
The administration in Batam city, Riau Islands is ensuring that only those foreigners who are in good health enter Indonesia through the city, in accordance with a Health Ministry circular (number 313 of 2020).
— Antara News

Indonesia must not over-rely on foreign COVID-19 relief: Kalla
Former vice president and chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross, Jusuf Kalla, said Indonesia must make a real contribution to global scientific efforts for developing effective COVID-19 treatment, and not over-rely on foreign donations.
— Antara News

President Jokowi Addresses Shallots and Sugar Soaring Prices
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Wednesday announced that he had ordered state officials to investigate the cause that is driving the irrational high prices of sugar and shallots sold in the market.

Jokowi candid about all beneficiaries yet to receive social assistance
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) acknowledged that the social assistance to alleviate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic had yet to reach beneficiaries in some regions.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s BSSN ensures protection, security of personal data
Indonesia’s Cyber and Crypto Agency (BSSN) ensures the protection and security of personal data of Indonesian citizens, the agency’s Director of the Digital Economy Protection, Anton Setiyawan, emphasized.
— Antara News

Bali’s Denpasar to impose COVID-19 restrictions that keep businesses running
Denpasar city on the resort island of Bali is set to impose its own kind of mobility restrictions starting Friday in an effort to clamp down on the transmission of the coronavirus.
— The Jakarta Post

Police to scrutinize agencies that recruited crew for Chinese ship
Head of the National Police’s General Crime Unit, Police Brigadier General Ferdy Sambodo, stated that his unit’s Human Trafficking Crime Task Force would inspect several recruitment agencies that selected crew members for Long Xing 629.
— Antara News

48,289 workers in West Java’s tourism sector sent home
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has severely affected the tourism sector in West Java Province, with businesses sending as many as 48,289 workers home, head of the West Java Tourism Office, Dedi Taufik, said.
— Antara News

COVID-19: Government to conduct PCR ‘pool tests’ in 8 provinces
The government plans to conduct polymerase chain reaction (PCR) “pool tests” in eight provinces that have been hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak, namely Jakarta, Banten, West Java, Central Java, East Java, Bali, North Sumatra and South Sulawesi.
— The Jakarta Post

Malaysia likely to repatriate 421 undocumented Indonesian workers
Malaysian authorities arrested 421 undocumented Indonesian workers during raids in several areas across the country this month and are expected to repatriate them to Indonesia once the legal process is completed, the Foreign Ministry said.
— Antara News

Internet traffic projected to rise 20 percent during Ramadhan
Cellular operators are expecting a 20-percent surge in Internet traffic during the month of Ramadhan this year, with the COVID-19 outbreak contributing to higher Internet usage.
— Antara News

Pelni readies ships to transport passengers based on two circulars
PT Pelni will re-transport passengers based on Circular Letter No. 4 of 2020 of COVID-19 Mitigation Acceleration Task Force Chairperson and Circular Letter No. 21 of 2020 of Transportation Ministry’s Director General for Sea Transportation.
— Antara News

COVID-19: Over 100 early released prisoners have reoffended, police say
More than 100 convicts who were released early in an effort to prevent the further transmission of COVID-19 in prisons are back to committing crimes, according to the National Police.
— The Jakarta Post

Oil, gas industry to evade imports despite plummeting crude prices
Indonesia’s oil and gas upstream industry will continue production and steer clear from imports despite the plummeting global crude oil prices.
— Antara News

Gov’t Sets Up Programs to Keep Arts and Creative Industries Alive During Pandemic
The Education and Culture Ministry has been setting up new programs to help art and creative workers who have lost their income during the coronavirus pandemic to get back on their feet.
— Jakarta Globe

Kimia Farma halts distribution of rapid test kits amid controversy over accuracy
State-owned pharmaceutical company PT Kimia Farma has temporarily halted the distribution of Biozek rapid test kits following controversy surrounding the kits’ accuracy and country of origin.
— The Jakarta Post

Investors flock to Indonesia dollar bonds with sales at record
Indonesian borrowers are selling a record amount of dollar bonds, as the country’s strong fiscal track record in recent years fuels optimism on its ability to weather the COVID-19 crisis.
— The Jakarta Post

SOEs Raise $3.6b From Global Market Amid Pandemic
Indonesian state-owned enterprises have raised a total of $3.6 billion from sales of dollar-denominated bonds to pay back existing debts and finance some strategic projects.
— Jakarta Globe

Public Now Informed, Calming Down in Facing COVID-19: Govt
The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has reported that the Indonesian people are now calming down, as they are more informed in facing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Govt’s JARVIS Vocational Program Attract Thousands of Registrants
The Industry Ministry’s industrial vocational program (Jalur Vokasi Industri | JARVIS) is proven to be popular as over 20,000 students registered online from April 16 – May 10 upon becoming prospective polytechnic students.

Edhy Prabowo Elaborates Reasons Behind Opening Lobster Export
Maritime and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo revealed his reasons for opening export of lobster hatchlings through Ministerial Regulation No. 12/2020. He underlined the policy issued based on in-depth studies.

Data collection paramount to promptly handling COVID-19 : Task force
Chief of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB)’s Operation Control Center Bambang Surya Putra attached importance to data collection to fulfill the on-field needs quickly and accurately to facilitate prompt and efficient handling of the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Antara News

Bogor applied stringent health protocol during BLT disbursal: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) highlighted that the health protocol was diligently followed during the distribution of cash transfer (BLT) to beneficiaries in Bogor City, West Java.
— Antara News

COVID-19 cyberthreats should prompt Indonesia to step up vigilance, watchdog says
COVID-19 is not the only threat Indonesia is currently facing — cyberattacks are also on the rise, as hackers to exploit Indonesia’s digital security vulnerabilities during the outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry readies protocols for film industry amid COVID-19 pandemic
The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy is readying numerous protocols that can be applied by the film industry to ensure smooth functioning amid the coronavirus pandemic.
— Antara News

BI, government to share debt burden to finance business rescue program
The government and Bank Indonesia (BI) will “share the burden” on debt to finance rescue packages for businesses severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, a top official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

187-year-old Jardine faces pain in Indonesia after expansion
After political protests and the coronavirus crisis walloped its businesses in Greater China, Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd., one of Hong Kong’s last remaining British trading houses, is facing a new challenge — in Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

It’s Not All in Your Head: How to Take Care of Your Mental Health During Pandemic
To say that the coronavirus pandemic has triggered stress in many people stuck at home under lockdown – or conversely, those forced to keep going to work despite shelter-in-place orders – is a major understatement.
— Jakarta Globe

Kopi Kenangan Pulls $109m in Series B Funding
One of the fastest-growing coffee chains in Indonesia, Kopi Kenangan, has secured $109 million in its Series B funding round led by current investor Sequoia Capital and joined by several new ones.
— Jakarta Globe

KPK Handles 27 Natural Resources Corruption Cases
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) recorded that it had handled 27 cases of corruption in the natural resources sector.

Ministry records 686 hoaxes on COVID-19
The Ministry of Communication and Informatics has, as of Wednesday, recorded 686 false news stories, or hoaxes, in regard to COVID-19, which have disrupted the dissemination of information on the pandemic, said an official.
— Antara News

BRI, Gojek to provide soft loans for pandemic-hit drivers, merchants
State-owned lender Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), in cooperation with ride-hailing giant Gojek, launched a low-interest loan facility for the latter’s driver and merchant partners, whose income had been hit by the current health crisis.
— The Jakarta Post

Bridge linking Banten, West Java areas collapses after landslide
A bridge in Cinyiru Village, Lebak Gedong Sub-district, Lebak District, Banten Province, connecting the areas of Banten and West Java provinces caved in due to a landslide, Public Works and Housing Ministry’s official revealed.
— Antara News

Seven arrested for alleged involvement in online prostitution ring in conservative Aceh
Seven women have been arrested for their alleged involvement in an online prostitution ring in in Langso Baro district in Aceh.
— The Jakarta Post

Flash flood submerges 96 homes in Cipanas, Lebak
Flash flood inundated 96 homes in Cipanas Sub-district, Lebak District, Banten Province, as the Coberang and Cimanteung rivers overflowed their banks after persistent intense rains lashed since Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday morning.
— Antara News

Electric rat traps kill six farmers in Central Java
Six farmers in Sragen regency, Central Java, have been electrocuted to death in the past month by electric rat traps installed in rice fields.
— The Jakarta Post



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


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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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