Indonesia morning news for May 6

Indonesia morning news for May 6
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Indonesia Posts Lowest Growth in Almost Two Decades
Indonesia posted its slowest growth in more than two decades as the coronavirus crisis made its effects felt in export, investment and consumption in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.
— Jakarta Globe

Biggest daily jump in Covid-19 cases in Indonesia
Indonesia reported on Tuesday (May 5) its biggest daily rise in Covid-19 (coronavirus) infections with 484 new cases, taking the total in the South-East Asian country to 12,071, said health ministry official Achmad Yurianto.
— The Star

Indonesia’s unemployment numbers rise to 6.88 million in February
The number of unemployed people across the country increased slightly to 6.88 million in February, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data reveals, although this number does not reflect the impact the COVID-19 outbreak has had on the economy.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19 survivor in Medan gets reinfected a month after recovery
A patient in Medan, North Sumatra, has reportedly tested COVID-19 positive again after a month of recovery.
— The Jakarta Post

Is Indonesia Facing a Looming Food Crisis?
Even before the emergence of COVID-19, Indonesia’s food security has long been a source of concern due to the country’s reliance on staple food imports to meet domestic demand for commodities such as sugar, rice, corn, and beef.
— The Diplomat

Lab Technicians Needed as Indonesia Struggles to Get 10,000 Tests 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

Concern over Indonesia’s ability to control COVID-19 outbreak
There are questions around Indonesia’s coronavirus death toll following reports thousands of people have died of COVID-19 symptoms but not recorded as victims of the disease.
— ABC News

Journalist Arrested in Alleged Violation of the Infamous ITE Law
A work of journalism has yet again been subjected to the Electronic Information and Transactions Law (ITE Law) as the former editor in chief of local media startup, Diananta Putra Sumedi, was arrested on Monday after undergoing 4-hours of investigation at the South Kalimantan Police headquarters.

NAM Summit, President Jokowi Calls for Mid-pandemic Debt Relief
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called for the enhancement of a global cooperative for developing nations at the virtual Non-Aligned Movement or NAM summit on Monday evening, with debt relief as one of the options offered.

Government to help pay interest on mortgages, car loans
The government will broaden its loan interest subsidies to include mortgage loans (KPR), automotive loans (KKB), and loans taken out by micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as part of a debt relief program for those affected by COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

BPS: Public Spending Plunges over Covid-19
Public spending declines as household consumption slows over the social restriction against Covid-19.

Jakarta Sees Significant Hike in Silent COVID-19 Carriers
Jakarta COVID-19 Task Force Team reported that the number of people who do not develop any symptom of the coronavirus infection or silent carriers continued to rise, reaching 1,546 to date.

Pertamina offers 30 percent cashback for unsubsidized fuel purchases
Indonesia’s top fuel distributor, state-owned Pertamina, is offering a Ramadhan holiday fuel promotion for purchases of unsubsidized fuels amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has impacted people’s purchasing power.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19 Spokesman: Situation to Return to Normal in August
The spokesman for Indonesian Covid-19 mitigation, Achmad Yurianto, said the government has now been able to control the spread of novel coronavirus.

Jakarta PSBB; Crowds Continue to Gather in Traditional Markets
North Jakarta Mayor, Sigit Wijatmoko, voiced his concern of COVID-19 transmission as many Jakarta residents continue to gather in traditional markets and disregard physical distancing, in spite of the Large Scale Social Restriction (PSBB) policy enacted in the capital.

Street Crimes on the Rise amid Drop in National Crime Rates
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indonesian Police Headquarters (Mabes Polri) has noted an overall decrease in national crime rates from March until April 2020.

Government urged to increase social assistance budget, recipients
Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) Indonesia economist Muhammad Ishak Razak urged the government to increase the social assistance budget and beneficiaries to maintain the level of welfare of people on the poverty line.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Q1 Car Sales Worst in 5 Years
The retail car sales performed poorly in the first quarter this year. According to the Indonesian Vehicle Industry Association (Gaikindo), car sales in Q1/2020 is the lowest in five years.

Jakarta Scraps Salary Bonuses for Civil Servants over Covid-19
The Jakarta provincial administration decided to remove the 13th and 14th salary bonuses for all civil servants or ASN as mandated in the proposal of the rationalization of Jakarta Budget during the COVID-19 pandemic discussed today along with the board members.

President calls on farmers to expedite planting before dry season
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has appealed to farmers to speed up the planting season before the 2020 dry season sets in.
— Antara News

COVID-19: Plastic recycling industry laid off 63 thousand workers
The plastic recycling industry has laid off at least 63 thousand workers as an impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Industry Ministry.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s rice stocks until 2020-end projected at 4.7 million tons
Indonesia’s rice stocks are estimated to reach 4.7 million tons until the end of this year, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto stated.
— Antara News

COVID-19: Zoo association says 22,000 workers could lose incomes
The Indonesian Zoo Association (PKBSI) has estimated that at least 22,000 zoo workers across the archipelago may lose their livelihoods because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi mulls option to move Idul Fitri collective leave to July
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is considering moving the country’s Idul Fitri collective leave to July after previously deciding to push it back to December due to concerns over the novel coronavirus outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Godfather of the Broken-Hearted’ Didi Kempot Passes Away at 53
Legendary Indonesian singer and songwriter Dionisius Prasetyo, better known as Didi Kempot, passed away on Tuesday morning at Kasih Ibu Hospital in Surakarta, Central Java. He was 53.
— Jakarta Globe

Govt Predicts Indonesian COVID-19 Vaccine to Be Ready in 2021
Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro predicted that the Indonesian-made COVID-19 vaccine will be available in 2021.

Indonesia Prepares Central Kalimantan as New Granary
The Indonesian government is preparing a policy to brace for drought, which can threaten the availability of staple food.

SOE Ministry Speeds Up Project of More COVID-19 Referral Hospital
The State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry is preparing an additional hospital specifically treating Covid-19 patients in Simprug, South Jakarta.

Pramintohadi Sukarno Appointed as AirNav Indonesia President
The State-owned Enterprise Ministry has officially appointed Pramintohadi Sukarno as the new president-director of the Indonesian Navigation Service Provider or AirNav Indonesia, who replaces Novie Riyanto who is now the director-general of air transportation at the Transportation Ministry.

Jakarta Collects 26 Kg of COVID-19 Infectious Waste
The North Jakarta environmental agency has reportedly collected 26 kilograms-worth of the infectious waste left from the handling of COVID-19 pandemic throughout April.

Mataram Hospital confirms COVID-19 diagnosis of four children
The Mataram City Public Hospital in West Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia, is currently offering treatment to four children diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the hospital’s director, Lalu Herman Mahaputra, confirmed, Tuesday.
— Antara News

South Sumatra to file PSBB-enactment proposal with health ministry
South Sumatra Governor Herman Deru will shortly file a proposal with the Health Ministry over applying large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the provincial capital Palembang to stem the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) transmission.
— Antara News

Jokowi warns of harsher dry season in Indonesia’s 30-percent regions
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has given directives to his aides to be better prepared as a precautionary measure against a “drier than normal” dry season in 30 percent of Indonesia’s regions in 2020.
— Antara News

Imported garlic to enter domestic markets this month: minister
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto, said about 78 thousand tons of imported garlic will enter the domestic markets this month to meet the demand and stabilize prices during Ramadhan and ahead of Idul Fitri.
— Antara News

Ruangguru removes journalism course from preemployment card program
Online education platform Ruangguru, whose subsidiary Skill Academy has partnered with the government in the preemployment card program, removed a journalism course from the program on Saturday following a request from the course’s creator.
— The Jakarta Post

State banks say debt relief program could harm bottom line
The government’s planned relief program for borrowers affected by COVID-19 will hurt the liquidity of state-owned banks if they are not given a new source of funding, potentially affecting revenue and dividend payments, a bank representative has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian air carriers report sharp decline in cargo traffic
Indonesia’s volume of domestic and international airfreight has dropped 39 percent from the average rate as the majority of airlines ground aircraft due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Indonesian National Air Carrier Association (INACA) data shows.
— The Jakarta Post

BPOM Dismisses Herbal Medicines as COVID-19 Cure
Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) clarified that it had never issued an approval statement saying the effectiveness of herbal medicines, or locally known jamu, to cure the coronavirus disease or COVID-19.

COVID-19: Yogyakarta gets Rp2.5 bln in donations for relief measures
The Yogyakarta city administration has received a total of Rp2.5 billion in donations from community members, community-based organizations, and companies in April to help those severely affected by the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.
— Antara News

Sugar stocks expected to increase in May-June: Minister Hartarto
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto, has said domestic stocks of sugar are projected to increase in the months of May and June this year.
— Antara News

Indonesian government to purchase 10,000 tons of rubber from farmers
Indonesia’s Public Works and Public Housing Ministry plans to purchase 10,000 tons of rubber from farmers for use in rubberized asphalt amid the new coronavirus pandemic impacting absorption of the rubber commodity by the market.
— Antara News

The faces behind the numbers: Remembering COVID-19 victims
For many people in coronavirus-stricken Indonesia, tuning into the government’s daily press conference detailing the latest data on confirmed cases and deaths linked to COVID-19 has become a mundane ritual – an exercise in news consumption amid great uncertainty.
— The Jakarta Post

Garuda opens dialogue with sukuk holders as it struggles to pay dues
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is reaching out to the holders of its sukuk to hold a discussion on repayments due in June as the airline struggles to maintain cashflow amid the turbulence caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

AirAsia to resume flights from Surabaya to two major Malaysian cities
Low-cost carrier AirAsia Indonesia will soon resume flights from Surabaya, East Java, to the Malaysian cities of Kuala Lumpur and Johor Baru after they were temporarily stopped on April 1 amid the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the two countries, an AirAsia official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Coffee Industry Must Find New Ways to Stay Afloat
From suppliers to coffee shops, everyone in the coffee industry is finding it hard to stay afloat during the coronavirus crisis, but some have found new ways to claw back at least some of their sales.
— Jakarta Globe

One kindness at a time: Grassroots communities help each other during crisis
A white homemade hazmat suit was folded neatly near Sukamti’s sewing machine in the corner of her living room in Wukirsari village, Sleman, Yogyakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

The extra mile: East Nusa Tenggara teacher visits students at home amid pandemic
While the COVID-19 pandemic forces students to study from home and interact with their tutors through the internet, a teacher in East Nusa Tenggara has made it his mission to literally go the extra mile to ensure his students still get the best education in these unprecedented times.
— The Jakarta Post

Grab reports rise in deliveries, tipping during outbreak
Ride-hailing service provider Grab has reported an increase in orders as physical distancing causes Indonesians to buy and send more items using online platforms.
— The Jakarta Post



Feature photo Borobudur Park
This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on Vesak Day, May 7.


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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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