Indonesia morning news for May 5

Indonesia morning news for May 5

Indonesia morning newsIndonesia Tourist Arrivals Sink to Lowest Since 2009
Indonesia reported the fewest foreign tourist arrivals since February 2009 as the coronavirus pandemic led to country lockdowns and a slump in travel demand.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia reports 395 new COVID-19 cases, 19 new deaths
Indonesia has reported 395 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 11,587, the government’s spokesperson for the COVID-19-related matters Achmad Yurianto said at a press conference on Monday afternoon.
— Xinhua

Indonesia Mass Produces Covid-19 Testing Kits
A consortium of Indonesian research agencies and companies began mass producing Covid-19 testing kits this week to cope with domestic shortage during the pandemic and meet the target of at least 10,000 diagnostic tets per day, a state official said on Sunday.
— Jakarta Globe

Travelers Put Indonesia at Risk of Second Wave of Virus Cases
Indonesia faces the risk of a second wave of coronavirus infections with the return of thousands of migrant workers and cruise ship employees in the coming weeks, according to President Joko Widodo.
— Bloomberg

Only 70 flights of 79,000 prior to pandemic now operating in Indonesia: Sri Mulyani
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Indonesia’s aviation industry hard as domestic and international flight numbers have dropped significantly amid social restrictions and a slump in foreign tourist arrivals.
— The Jakarta Post

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Indonesia steps up border measures as Ramadan returnees set to come home
Indonesian on Monday (May 4) has stepped up measures in anticipation of an influx of migrant workers returning from abroad either to celebrate Ramadan with family or because they have been affected by the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
— The Star

Jokowi’s New Five-Point Plan Anticipates Second Wave of Pandemic
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Monday announced a new five-point plan to handle the coronavirus pandemic in Indonesia, which has shown little sign of slowing down.
— Jakarta Globe

Eijkman Institute finishes sequencing Indonesian coronavirus strain
The Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology has finished the first complete genome sequence of coronavirus samples from Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesians Fear Democracy Is the Next Pandemic Victim
Some 3 million Indonesian workers have been laid off since the coronavirus pandemic hit the country in early March, many of them migrants who have been left stranded and homeless in the capital city of Jakarta.
— Foreign Policy

Lab Technicians Needed as Indonesia Struggles to Get 10,000 Test Per Day
Indonesia has bound to have polymerase chain reaction tests at 6,000 to 7,000 per day as the country lacks laboratories technician capable of carrying out the golden standard for diagnosing Covid-19, a top official said on Monday.
— Jakarta Globe

COVID-19: Indonesia calls for ‘equal access’ to medicine for developing countries
Indonesian President Joko Widodo called on Monday (May 4) for “equal access” for developing countries to medicine to treat the new coronavirus, as global cases pass three million.

Govt spokesman confirms 211 other Indonesians recovered from COVID-19
Some 211 other people testing positive for the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Indonesia made a complete recovery as of Sunday, May 3, 2020, thereby taking the total to 1,876, a government spokesman noted.
— Antara News

Rp 770,000 for a chicken? House demands explanation from Agriculture Ministry
House of Representatives Commission IV, which oversees agriculture, forestry, fisheries and food production, has demanded an explanation from the Agriculture Ministry over its high budget allocation for chicken procurement this year.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Sees 11pct Drop in New COVID-19 Cases: Task Force
National COVID-19 task force head Doni Monardo claimed that the new positive cases of coronavirus infection in Indonesia dipped by 11 percent.
Over 70 thousand Indonesian migrant workers return home amid COVID-19
A total of 70,367 Indonesian migrant workers returned to Indonesia in the wake of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Chairman of the Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Response Doni Monardo stated.
— Antara News

House of Representatives backs government regulation on COVID-19
The House of Representatives’ Budget Committee has voiced its support for the Government Regulation in Lieu of the Law (Perppu) number 1 of 2020 on State Financial Policy and Financial System Stability for Handling COVID-19.
— Antara News

An examination of Indonesia’s death toll: Could it be higher?
The actual number of COVID-19 deaths in Indonesia may be substantially higher than officially reported as several regions have recorded hundreds of fatalities among patients under surveillance (PDPs), who are suspected of having contracted the highly contagious coronavirus.
— The Jakarta Post

NTT Govt Permits Intercity Flights amid COVID-19 Red Zone Status
The East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Provincial Government has decided to continue the operation of domestic flights within the province despite their COVID-19 red zone status.

Shuttered factories, plummeting demand cause Indonesian manufacturing to collapse in April
Indonesia’s manufacturing output and new orders collapsed in April as the COVID-19 pandemic forced factories to close and crushed demand for manufactured goods, a new survey has shown.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia records ‘unusually’ low inflation in Ramadan as COVID-19 hits consumer spending
Indonesia recorded “unusually” low inflation at the start of Ramadan in April as the COVID-19 pandemic reined in household spending, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS).
— The Jakarta Post

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Covid-19 aid in Indonesia stalled, used for political stunts
While millions of people out of work are depending on the arrival of social assistance to weather the Covid-19 crisis, bureaucrats have dragged their feet in the distribution process and have even taken the opportunity to boost their popularity among voters.
— The Star

Government Responds to Alleged Tokopedia Data Breach
Following an alleged data breach experienced by Tokopedia, the Communication and Informatics Minister Johnny G. Plate on Sunday urged the Indonesian e-commerce to guarantee the security of its users’ personal data.

Jokowi Calls for Execution of PSBB Policy to be Evaluated
President Joko Widodo has asked for the execution of the Large Scale Social Restriction (PSBB) policy during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been enacted in four provinces and 22 regencies/ cities across the country, to be evaluated.

Govt Mulls to Move Eid al-Fitr Collective Leave Again to July
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has again instructed the Office of Presidential Staff (KSP) to conduct a study to change the collective leave of this year’s Eid al-Fitr.

Two toddlers in Riau infected with COVID-19: spokesman
Two toddlers in Riau that had contracted the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) disease are being hospitalized in Dumai City, one of the COVID-19 clusters in the province, the Riau Health Office revealed here, Monday.
— Antara News

Three Bangladeshi Tablighi Jamaat members test positive for COVID-19 in Palembang
Three out of 14 Bangladeshi members of Tablighi Jamaat, a worldwide Islamic missionary movement, in South Sumatra have tested positive for COVID-19 according to results released on Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: North Sumatra residents deny Chinese fishing vessel permission to dock
Residents in Pulau Sembilan village of Langkat regency, North Sumatra, refused to allow a Chinese fishing vessel to dock at a local port on Sunday over fears of COVID-19 transmission.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Brace for ‘new normal’, govt says
COVID-19 national task force chief Doni Monardo has asked the public to prepare for a “new normal” for the next several months, saying physical distancing and mask-wearing were likely here to stay.
— The Jakarta Post

Police lock up 171 people for violating curfew during PSBB in Greater Surabaya
One hundred seventy-one people had to spend the night at police stations after they were apprehended for violating a night curfew during the implementation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in raids in Greater Surabaya, East Java, over the weekend.
— The Jakarta Post

Preemployment card draws criticism as workers ‘need cash aid’
The government’s new preemployment card program, a mix of cash aid and training subsidy for unemployed workers, needs to be converted to full-fledged cash aid that will be more relevant for laid-off and furloughed workers, experts say.
— The Jakarta Post

Exports of agricultural commodities continue despite logistical disruptions
Indonesia’s exports of agricultural commodities have continued despite logistical disruptions caused by measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Government looks to recovery with $5.3b toll road investment offerings
Looking toward post-coronavirus economic recovery, the government is to offer six toll road projects with a combined value of Rp 80.5 trillion (US$5.3 billion) to investors this year, officials have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Slow COVID-19 Sample Testing, Govt: Human Resource Shortage
Doni Monardo, the head of the national COVID-19 handling task force, clarified that the delay in the sample testing was not due to a lack of medical devices, but rather a shortage in human resources in laboratories.

President urges close monitoring of COVID-19 transmission clusters
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has laid emphasis on closely monitoring COVID-19 transmission clusters in various regions in Indonesia to prevent the disease from being transmitted to wider areas.
— Antara News

Indonesian defense industry feels COVID-19 pinch
The domestic defense industry is feeling the pinch from COVID-19 as it struggles to maintain manufacturing output amid disruption to supply chains and a decline in productivity as a result of the government’s stay-at-home measures.
— The Jakarta Post

Gorontalo begins 14-day enforcement of large-scale social restrictions
The Gorontalo provincial government, on Monday, began enforcing large-scale social restrictions for a period of 14 days until May 17 to break the chain of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Antara News

COVID-19: Jokowi calls for transparency in social assistance distribution
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called for transparency in the distribution of social assistance in response to the COVID-19 outbreak amid mounting issues surrounding the delivery of aid.
— The Jakarta Post

Central Java registers 46.37-percent drop in foreign tourist arrivals
The number of foreign tourists visiting Central Java Province in March 2020 fell by 46.37 percent, from that recorded in the previous month, according to data of the Central Java Statistics Office (BPS).
— Antara News

Telkomsel sees teleconferencing surge as companies forced to digitize
Telecommunications company PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel) has seen a surge in users of its teleconferencing platform, CloudX, as companies shift their operations online to accommodate employees working from home.
— The Jakarta Post

Unilever Indonesia books 6.5% profit growth in Q1 as consumer goods still sell
Consumer goods giant PT Unilever Indonesia reported a 6.53 percent growth in net profit in the first quarter of 2020 as domestic and foreign sales saw an upsurge amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Demand for photovoltaic panels plummets in Indonesia amid pandemic
Indonesia’s photovoltaic (PV) providers face a bleak business outlook at least in the next six months as the government and individual users cut back spending on anything deemed nonessential amid the pandemic, including solar panels.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt Urged to Provide for Trans Community amid Pandemic
The Queer Language Club (QLC) regrets that transwomen or transgender women are not subjected by the government coronavirus (COVID-19) social assistance throughout the pandemic.

Jakarta Governor Optimistic about Surviving the COVID-19 Pandemic
In his acceptance speech in Monday’s virtual Education Day ceremony, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said that the current global COVID-19 pandemic is something that not every generation would experience and asked people to view it as a humanitarian event.

East Java governor slams Surabaya for ‘late’ response to Sampoerna COVID-19 cluster
East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa has criticized the Surabaya city administration’s delayed response to a cluster of COVID-19 infections at one of tobacco giant PT HM Sampoerna’s factories in the city.
— The Jakarta Post

Remote learning hampered by lack of student-teacher interaction, KPAI survey finds
Students throughout the country have complained about a lack of engagement from their teachers after classes were forced migrate online as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent survey by the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) has found.
— The Jakarta Post

PGN profits fall 27 percent amid weakening rupiah exchange rate, lower revenue
Indonesia’s top gas distributor, PGN, booked a sharp profit slump in this year’s first quarter, largely due to the weakening rupiah exchange rate, despite a modest increase in sales volume.
— The Jakarta Post

Pertamina Blunt about Maintaining Fuel Prices as Global Oil Drops
Pertamina corporate communication VP Fajriyah Usman on Sunday explained the main reason why the state-owned energy firm has yet lowered the prices of fuel it sells despite the relative freefall of global crude oil prices.

Tiger suspected of fatal attacks on humans removed from Riau
A Sumatran tiger was captured by the Riau Natural Resources Conservancy Agency (BKSDA Riau) and removed to the Dharmasraya Sumatran Tiger Rehabilitation center (PRHSD) in West Sumatra on Saturday as it was deemed to pose a danger to local people.
— The Jakarta Post

Hotel evicts healthcare workers as N. Sumatra govt gets behind on bills
The Travel Hub Hotel Kualanamu Airport has asked frontline medical workers to vacate their rooms on Saturday, as the regional government had not paid their hotel bills.
— The Jakarta Post

Superheroes, from near and far, join Indonesia’s coronavirus battle
Volunteers clad as Superman and Spider-Man sprayed disinfectant against the coronavirus on Indonesia’s island of Java, flanking a colleague wearing the winged helmet of local superhero Gatotkaca who shouted, “Wear masks, wash hands and stay alert.”
— The Jakarta Post

17-year-old flees Bogor home after being locked up, beaten by husband for 3 years
A 17-year-old woman from Rangkasbitung, Banten, fled her husband’s rented house in Bogor, West Java, on Saturday.
— The Jakarta Post

Monkey riding tiny bicycle attacks toddler in Indonesia
A stunt monkey riding a tiny bicycle in Indonesia suddenly turned on a toddler watching the performance, dragging the child across the cobblestones in a frightening incident that was caught on video.
— Global News



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