Indonesia morning news for May 28

Indonesia morning news for May 28
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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia to enter the first “new normal” phase on 1 June to prevent further economic crash
Indonesia government will enter the first phase of a “new normal” era on 1 June by allowing industries and service providers to resume their operations in accordance with the newly announced COVID-19 health protocols.
— The Online Citizen

Indonesia Covid-19 death toll surpasses 1,400
Indonesia recorded 27 new Covid-19-related fatalities on Tuesday, raising its death toll from the coronavirus to 1,418.
— New Straits Times

Jokowi Warns of Second Wave from People Returning to Jakarta
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has warned of the dangers of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indonesia orders more testing in new virus hot spot in Java
Indonesia will step up coronavirus testing and isolation of suspected patients in East Java, home to the nation’s second-largest city and a major industrial hub that’s emerged as a new virus hot spot.
— Bangkok Post

Indonesia’s latest official COVID-19 figures
The Health Ministry announced 686 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 23,851.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt: Houses of Worship to Reopen under New Normal Protocols
Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi announced on Wednesday that the government plans to reopen houses of worship but strictly under the “new normal” health guidelines.

Lion Air Grounds All Flights Until End of May
Lion Air Group has temporarily suspended all domestic flights until May 31, citing the fact that many passengers still turn up at airports without proper travel documents and have to be turned back.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia to receive first delivery of COVID-19 ventilators from US in June
Indonesia is set to receive the first delivery of ventilators for COVID-19 patients donated by the United States in early June, the Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt disburses $202 million for 5 million poor families via village funds program
The government has disbursed around Rp 2.99 trillion (US$202 million) in cash assistance to almost 5 million families through the village funds program as it mulls increasing the village fund budget to protect households at greatest risk of falling into poverty amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

No Talking on Trains; KCI Preparing New Normal Health Protocols
Spokesperson for PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI), Sylviane Purba, has stated that the commuter line operator is set to introduce a number of new policies geared to follow post-pandemic new normal health protocols.

Government urged to edify public on transition to new normal
The Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI), Bandarlampung branch, has asked the government to thoroughly educate the public as it sets about implementing new normal protocols in the absence of a COVID-19 vaccine.
— Antara News

Indonesia drops panned plan to scrap legality license for wood exports
The Indonesian government has backed down from a decision to scrap its timber legality verification process for wood export, amid criticism from activists and the prospect of being shut out of the lucrative European market.
— Mongabay

DPR Agrees to Hold Regional Elections on December 9
In a meeting with the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Indonesian House of Representatives’ (DPR) Commission II agrees to proceed with the regional elections (pilkada) on December 9, 2020.

Customs provides Rp1.48 trillion in fiscal incentives amid COVID-19
The Directorate General of Customs and Excise (DJBC) of the Ministry of Finance has provided Rp1.48 trillion in fiscal incentives to help importers tide over the COVID-19 crisis.
— Antara News

New virus fears cloud Indonesia’s tourism reopening
As Indonesia readies to reopen parts of its economy under strict health protocols, the travel trade is battling feelings of anxiety, fearing that the move could give rise to new outbreaks.
— TTG Asia

Relaxing Social Restrictions May Not Boost Economy
Relaxing the large-scale social restriction, or PSBB, as the Indonesian government seems to be planning to do, may not necessarily boost an economy laid low by the coronavirus crisis, an economist from the Center of Reform on Economics said on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Full Capacity; UNAIR Hospital Stops Taking Covid-19 Patients
Airlangga University Hospital in Surabaya, East Java, has temporarily stopped taking referrals of new Covid-19 patients, starting May 26, 2020.

Spokesman confirms 180 new recoveries from COVID-19 infection
Indonesia recorded 180 new recoveries from the COVID-19 infection on Wednesday, thereby bringing the total count of recoveries to 6,057 out of the 23,851 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to a spokesman.
— Antara News

Jakarta Plans to Reopen 64 Shopping Malls Next Week
More than 60 shopping malls in Jakarta will reopen next week with “new normal” guidelines despite fears of a new spike in Covid-19 cases after the Idul Fitri holiday.
— Jakarta Globe

47 Indonesian nurses contracted COVID-19 in Kuwait
A total of 59 Indonesians, including 47 nurses, contracted the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection in Kuwait as of May 27, 2020, according to the Indonesian Foreign Ministry.
— Antara News

Prototype of COVID-19 vaccine enters initial stage of production
Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro confirmed that the COVID-19 prototype vaccine had currently entered the initial phase of production, specifically the development of a recombinant protein from SARS-Cov-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
— Antara News

Jokowi Orders Ministers to Disseminate New Normal Protocols
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo demanded his cabinet ministers disseminate the health protocols of the new normal, which is underlining the public’s productivity while maintaining protection from the coronavirus or Covid-19.

67 health workers contract COVID-19 in West Nusa Tenggara
The West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Government on Wednesday said 67 health workers in the province have been infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) so far.
— Antara News

Indonesia allots Rp5-bln research funding for vaccine manufacturing
The Indonesian Research and Technology Ministry allocated early-stage funding of Rp5 billion to facilitate the commencement of Indonesia’s research activities for manufacturing and developing its own COVID-19 vaccine.
— Antara News

NTB sees highest daily increase with 49 new COVID-19 cases, including 1-month-old baby
The West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) administration announced 49 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the highest one-day increase in the region since the epidemic began.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta likely to be ready for “new normal” phase after Jun 4, says coordinating minister for economy
Jakarta will likely be able to enter a ”new normal” phase after Jun 4, the last day of COVID-19 curbs known in Indonesia as large-scale social restrictions, the coordinating minister for economic affairs Airlangga Hartarto said on Wednesday (May 27).

Most Indonesians dissatisfied with administration’s COVID-19 response, survey finds
A public opinion poll conducted by Jakarta-based pollster Indo Barometer has found that most of the respondents are dissatisfied with the way President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration is handling the COVID-19 outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

Epidemiologist: Too Early to Talk About New Normal
Syahrizal Syarif, an epidemiologist from the University of Indonesia, stated that it is still premature for Indonesia to apply the ‘new normal’ scenario, as the COVID-19 outbreak is yet to be under control.

Five health workers in Probolinggo infected with COVID-19: Task force
ive health workers contracted the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), thereby bringing the total number of medical personnel exposed to the virus to 21 in Probolinggo District, East Java.
— Antara News

Bali fights virus same way it attracts tourists – with local customs
Indonesia’s most popular tourist destination, Bali, has its local customs to thank for what officials tout as success in containing the COVID-19 outbreak, as the central government mulls reopening the resort island.
— The Jakarta Post

Police Extend 2020 Ketupat Operation until June 7
The National Police Chief General Idham Azis confirmed the 2020 Ketupat Operation, a security operation held during Eid al-Fitr or Lebaran holiday, which would end on May 30 was extended until June 7, 2020.

Hotels in Bali brace for travel-restriction relaxation, ‘new normal’
Hotels in Bali are drafting guidelines for health protocols for the so-called “new normal” as the provincial administration prepares to reopen the tourist island for business.
— The Jakarta Post

Surabaya Hospitals Overwhelmed by Surge in Covid-19 Patients
The deputy head of the Surabaya’s Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) task force on Covid-19 handling, Arief Bakhtiar, said a number of hospitals in the city of East Java Province could not take the surge in Covid-19 patients.

Riau allots Rp191.6 billion for households impacted by COVID-19
The Riau provincial government has assigned financial assistance fund of Rp191.6 billion to help households bearing the acute brunt of the ongoing novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in 12 districts and cities across the province.
— Antara News

COVID-19 presents new challenges in forest fire control
Experts have said that Indonesia, which has struggled to curb land and forest fires in the past, might face a new challenge in mitigating fires: the COVID-19 epidemic.
— The Jakarta Post

‘We are dying’: No new shopping center openings, leasing grinds to halt
The retail property market recorded no new openings of shopping centers or leasing activities in April and May in Jakarta as shopping malls across the country temporarily closed to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Industry Ministry encourages innovation in preparing for new normal
The Industry Ministry has encouraged the country’s industry sector to boost competitiveness and self-reliance through innovation and get ready for transitioning to the new normal.
— Antara News

Food industry can weather global economic shock: BKPM
The food industry is considered stable enough to weather the global economic shock, backed by strong domestic investment, the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) says.
— The Jakarta Post

Telkom books 3.5 percent profit growth in 2019 as demand for internet services rises
Publicly listed state telecommunication giant PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) booked Rp 18.66 trillion (US$1.11 billion) profit in 2019, a 3.5 percent rise from the preceding year, as the company’s mobile and internet services businesses were on the rise.
— The Jakarta Post

Komodo Island Open for Tourists Again on June 15
The Provincial Government of East Nusa Tenggara or NTT will open tourist destinations in the area on June 15, 2020, including the popular Komodo Island in West Manggarai.

National plantation holding PTPN III restructures leadership positions
State-owned plantation holding company PT Perkebunan Nusantara III (PTPN) has restructured the corporate hierarchy of its 13 subsidiaries to boost their financial and operational performance.
— The Jakarta Post

Provinces Urged to Finish Technical Guideline for New School Year
The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) Education Commissioner, Retno Listyarti, stated that a number of regions are yet to have technical guidelines for the admission of new students for the new 2020/2021 school year.

Recent cases of persecution set back LGBT rights advocacy
At a time when members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community should be able to celebrate their existence without fear of reprisal, two recent cases of persecution have laid bare the cruel reality people in the community still face in Indonesia, rights advocates have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Antigraft group reports KPK’s new law enforcement deputy over ethical violation
The Indonesian Anti-Corruption Community (MAKI) has reported Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) law enforcement deputy Karyoto to the antigraft body’s supervisory board for an alleged ethics violation.
— The Jakarta Post

Pertamina Says Fuel Consumption Down during Eid
State oil company Pertamina (Persero) noted that the distribution of gasoline for the three days of Eid was 18 percent lower than the previous months.

Farmers benefit from e-learning despite lackluster internet access
Febriansa, 27, said he was cautious at first when instructors from the Environment and Forestry Ministry invited him and fellow farmers in Kelubi village, Manggar, Bangka Belitung Islands, to join an online farming course.
— The Jakarta Post

Samarinda flood victims turn to social media for help
A number of flood-affected residents in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, decided to ask for help on social media when no rescue team had reached their respective areas four days into the calamity.
— The Jakarta Post



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


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