Indonesia morning news for May 26

Indonesia morning news for May 26
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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia Reports Lowest Daily Coronavirus Cases in Two Weeks
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Indonesia increased by 479 on Monday – the lowest single-day rise since May 12 – to take the country’s total to 22,750.
— Jakarta Globe

Health Minister Issues New Normal Work Regulations
The government has decided to maintain the work from home (WFH) policy as part of its new normal regulations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Millions of Indonesians celebrate Eid under social restrictions
Millions of Indonesians are celebrating the most festive time of the year in the country under partial lockdown.
— The Jakarta Post

Fake medical letters risk fuelling spread of coronavirus in Indonesia, doctors warn
Doctors in Indonesia have warned that a black market in fake “coronavirus-free” health certificates risks further fuelling the spread of the disease in the country.
— The Telegraph

COVID-19: Nurses Yet to Receive Govt Incentives
A nurse of the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital (RSPI), Anitha Supriono, said she had yet to receive the financial incentive of Rp7.5 million the government promised for frontline nurses grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Garuda Indonesia’s 70 percent aircraft grounded over COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has left Garuda Indonesia, the state-owned airline, with no choice but to ground 70 percent of its aircraft while also conducting checks and maintenance of planes to ensure their airworthiness.
— Antara News

80 Children Under Five Years Old in Jakarta Contract COVID-19
The Jakarta COVID-19 task force has revealed through its official wesbsite,, that 80 children under the age of five in the capital have contracted COVID-19.

Indonesia looks to domestic innovations to tackle COVID-19
Indonesia is striving to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak with domestically produced innovations, but researchers say the government may face roadblocks in the mass production of such products because of the absence of pro-innovation policies.
— The Jakarta Post

No Trade-Off Between Health and Economy: Finance Minister
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said Indonesia would not compromise on the health of its population to reboot the country’s economy after enduring months-long slowdown amid pandemic-related restrictions.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesians asked to prepare for new normal
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has asked Indonesians, and businesses entities in particular, to prepare to coexist with COVID-19, which would necessitate a new normal of social distancing and observance of health protocols.
— Antara News

Indonesia braces for extreme dry season amid COVID-19
As it battles the coronavirus pandemic, Indonesia, which is currently entering the dry season, is bracing for a possible prolonged drought.
— Antara News

Police Detain 605 Cars for Trying to Smuggle ‘Mudik’ Passengers
The Indonesian Traffic Police Corps managed to stop 74,000 vehicles from crossing the borders of the Jakarta Metro Area for Idul Fitri mudik purposes.

National Data Center expected to be established this year
The National Data Center that will integrate government data with a multi-layered security system is expected to be created this year, Director General of Informatics Applications, the Communication and Informatics Ministry, Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan stated.
— Antara News

Nike Factory Sacks Nearly 5,000 Workers in Indonesia
An Indonesian factory that produces shoes for American company Nike has sacked 4,985 workers as the economic impact from the Covid-19 pandemic continues to take its toll.
— Jakarta Globe

Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital discharges 1,936 recovered patients
The Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital for COVID-19 treatment in Kemayoran, Jakarta, recorded a total of 1,936 recoveries from March 23 to May 25, 2020.
— Antara News

Expert Calls for Stretched Jakarta PSBB After Eid 2020
An epidemiologist from the University of Indonesia, Syahrizal Syarif, has appealed to the Jakarta administration to extend its large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) after the end of the third phase of PSBB in the capital, which was slated for June 4, 2020, or after Eid holidays this year.

House deputy speaker ushers in Idul Fitri celebrations at home
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR) Azis Syamsuddin extended Idul Fitri greetings on Sunday though desisted from convening an open house event in the wake of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Antara News

Police Hunt Down Shooter of COVID-19 Task Force Members in Papua
The government’s Nemangkawi Operation Task Unit is still hunting down the armed group that shot two members of the COVID-19 Task Force in Papua.

COVID-19 patients in East Java hospital demand to be let out for Idul Fitri
COVID-19 patients at the Slamet Martodirjo regional hospital in Pamekasan, East Java, have demanded to be allowed to celebrate Idul Fitri at home with their families, with some resorting to extreme measures.
— The Jakarta Post

Road Still Long in Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic: Sri Mulyani
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has called on the members of her ministry to maintain comradeship and friendship amid the COVID-19 pandemic as she viewed it was unlikely for the pandemic to end in the near future.

Experts slam agriculture reform program, warn of shortage amid pandemic
Agriculture experts have criticized the government’s agrarian reform program a lack of progress that led to low production yield and mounting food imports, pointing to possible food shortages if the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
— The Jakarta Post

South Tangerang landfill wall collapses, spilling 100 tons of waste into Cisadane River
The support walls of the Cipeucang landfill in Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten, collapsed on Friday morning, spilling around 100 metric tons of waste into the Cisadane River.
— The Jakarta Post

Eid Homecoming Traffic Plunges 62 Percent: Jasa Marga
State-owned toll road operator PT Jasa Marga recorded 465,582 vehicles left Jakarta from the east, the west and the south directions during the Eid holidays last week.

W Sumatra governor cautions public against travelling to tourist sites
West Sumatra Governor Irwan Prayitno alerted people to not travel to any tourist destination, as the government is still grappling to flatten the curve of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by enforcing large-scale social restrictions.
— Antara News

COVID-19 claims life of Lampung fuel truck driver: task force
A fuel truck driver in Bandarlampung, the capital of Lampung Province, died of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Sunday and was buried at a public cemetery in Panjang Sub-district, a local government official stated.
— Antara News

Eid in time of pandemic: Quiet and lonely but modest and solemn
Mass prayers, big family gatherings and banquets fit for a king. In any other year, this would be the norm for Idul Fitri celebrations in Indonesia, home to world’s largest Muslim population.
— The Jakarta Post

North Konawe’s tourist sites closed to stem COVID-19 transmission
The government of North Konawe District, Southeast Sulawesi Province, has kept its tourist sites, including Taipa Beach, closed to stop people from thronging them during this Idul Fitri holiday season to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Huge unmanned hot air balloon lands in Semarang’s airport area
A massive unmanned hot air balloon, released illegally by a local resident, landed in the Ahmad Yani International Airport area in Semarang, Central Java, Sunday, though not posing any hindrance owing to no commercial flights.
— Antara News

Trio of Catholic nuns singing Idul Fitri song warms hearts, goes viral
A video showing three Indonesian nuns singing a popular Idul Fitri song went viral on Sunday, with social media users expressing their appreciation for the trio’s demonstration of religious acceptance.
— The Jakarta Post



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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on International Day of UN Peacekeepers, May 29.


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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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