Indonesia morning news for April 15

Indonesia morning news for April 15

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia reports highest daily jump in Covid-19 deaths (update)
The death toll from Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, rose to 459 after 60 new deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, the country’s Covid-19 task force said.
— The Star

Sharp Correction to Indonesia’s Economic Growth Expected as Global Recession Looms
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Tuesday the economic impact from the Covid-19 pandemic has the potential to trigger a global recession in 2020, and economic growth in Indonesia is likely to see a sharp correction.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia overtakes Japan as virus upends aviation pecking order
Indonesia has overtaken Japan to become the world’s third-biggest aviation market as airlines continue to slash passenger capacity because of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, according to OAG Aviation Worldwide.
— The Star

New Zealand onion growers celebrate re-opening of Indonesian market
New Zealand onion growers are celebrating being able to export their world class crop to Indonesia again.
— Fresh Plaza

Govt still finalizes policy on COVID-19 as national disaster
– Minister of Finance, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, on Tuesday stated that the government is in the final stages of preparing policies to handle COVID-19 as a national disaster.
— Antara News

Indonesia to ramp up COVID-19 testing with 78 additional labs
Indonesia’s COVID-19 task force will ramp up coronavirus testing by increasing capacity at 78 laboratories as there were just three such labs when the first case was reported in the country, an official said.
— Antara News

COVID-19 Spokesman Reveal Actual Data of Monitored People
COVID-19 spokesman Achmad Yurianto on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, revealed the actual data on the number of patients categorized as ODP (people under monitoring) and PDP (patients under monitoring).
— Tempo.co

ASEAN Plus Three will weather COVID-19 crisis, Jokowi assures
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has said he believes ASEAN and partners Japan, China, and South Korea, also known as ASEAN Plus Three, would be able to overcome the crisis caused by COVID-19 through cooperation.
— Antara News

Bank Indonesia holds policy rate, sees room for further cuts amid virus risks
Bank Indonesia (BI) has decided to keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged in a move to safeguard the country’s macroeconomic and financial stability amid recessionary risks from the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Bali has no intention of applying large-scale social restrictions
Despite the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Bali, the island has no intention of implementing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) similar to those that are enforced in Greater Jakarta to stop the virus transmission.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Slams Regional Govt Yet to Budget for Handling COVID-19
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has ordered the ministries, institutions as well as regional governments to allocate their budget for handling the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Tempo.co

South Korean conglomerate donates $255,000 worth of medical equipment to Indonesia
CJ Indonesia, the local arm of South Korean conglomerate CJ Corporation, donated on Monday rapid test kits and hand sanitizer worth Rp 4 billion (US$255,000) to healthcare facilities and app-based motorcycle taxi drivers, as demand for these crucial items remains high in the fight against COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: 1.3 million people may leave Greater Jakarta for ‘mudik’, observer says
A projected 1.3 million people from Greater Jakarta will return to their hometowns for the annual Idul Fitri mudik (exodus), according to the Indonesian Transportation Society (MTI), potentially fueling the spread of COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Explainer: The progress and challenges of sustainable financing in Indonesia
The World Bank approved in late March a US$300 million loan for Indonesia to assist Indonesia’s reform agenda by among other methods promoting sustainable financing practices in a bid to strengthen the resilience of the financial sector against economic shocks.
— The Jakarta Post

President and Lawmakers to Give Up Holiday Bonus Amid Pandemic
The president, vice president, ministers and other high-ranking officials will forgo their religious holiday salary bonus this year as part of across-the-board budget cuts to help fund the government’s efforts in mitigating the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

Malls Subjected to Social Restriction Compliancy Inspection
The Central Jakarta Administration held a surprise inspection across six malls to confirm businesses’ conformity with the large-scale social restriction (PSBB) that has entered its fifth day.
— Tempo.co

Jokowi’s capital relocation dream faces COVID-19 hurdle
It is looking more and more likely the COVID-19 outbreak will derail President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s ambitions to move the capital from densely-populated Jakarta, with most of the preparatory work delayed as the government’s shifts its focus to tackling the pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Large-Scale Social Restriction to Start for 6m Tangerang Residents on Saturday
Three of Jakarta’s satellite cities in the neighboring province of Banten have agreed to start imposing large-scale social restriction next Saturday, putting more than six million people under stricter epidemic containment measures that will severely limit their mobility.
— Jakarta Globe

Up to 9 million people to fall into poverty, unemployment as COVID-19 hits: Sri Mulyani
The government has projected that millions of people will fall into poverty and unemployment as the COVID-19 pandemic batters the Indonesian economy, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Residents surprised by unidentified cruise ship sailing Raja Ampat waters during travel restriction
A mysterious ship cruising in the Raja Ampat waters in West Papua has surprised local residents amid a travel restriction in the popular destination over concerns of COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

App-based motorcycle taxis can take passengers if regional government allows
A new transportation ministerial regulation has allowed app-based motorcycle taxis to take passengers provided certain health precautions are taken, but the final decision depends on the individual regional governments that have implemented large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), the ministry has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Tasikmalaya authorities urged to revoke discriminatory decree against Ahmadiyah
Rights group Amnesty International Indonesia has urged the Tasikmalaya administration in West Java to revoke its latest decree preventing a congregation of the minority Muslim group Ahmadiyah from holding prayers and renovating their mosque on the grounds that the policy is discriminatory and counter to basic human rights.
— The Jakarta Post

Hundreds of Indonesian Cruise Ship Crew Members Return From Miami
Almost 400 Indonesian cruise ship crew members returned to Indonesia from Miami, the United States, on Monday after going through strict health protocols.
— Jakarta Globe

Gov’t Speeds Up Labor-Intensive Programs in Rural Areas Impacted by Pandemic
The Public Works and Housing Ministry has sped up its cash-funded labor-intensive programs for people in rural areas.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia won’t ‘sacrifice economy’ for more ambitious emissions cuts
Indonesia will not set a more ambitious emissions reduction target to counter increasingly dire climate change projections, saying it wants to focus instead on its economic growth.
— Mongabay

ADB, UNICEF committed to assisting Indonesian children combat COVID-19
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) pledged to support inclusive development and boost the welfare of children and youths in Indonesia to fight the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— Antara News

COVID-19: Jokowi staffer criticized for requesting local leaders to support his company
Andi Taufan Garuda Putra, a special staff member for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, is being slammed for asking district heads across Indonesia to support a COVID-19 relief program led by PT Amartha Mikro Fintek, a company that he owns.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Notes Cabinet to Prepare for Recession
In a plenary cabinet meeting on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reminded state-ministers and regional heads to prepare for a possible global economic recession due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Tempo.co

Transportation industry seeks ‘rescue package’ to weather COVID-19 impacts
Transportation companies are seeking government financial support to stay afloat following the imposition of social restriction policies across the nation, which has brought the industry to a virtual standstill.
— The Jakarta Post

Pertamina Jaya Hospital Opens to Treat COVID-19 Patients
Pertamina Jaya Hospital (RSPJ) has now officially operated to specifically treat positive patients of the new coronavirus infection or COVID-19 and patients under monitoring for the disease (PDP) who are having moderate, severe, to critical clinical symptoms.
— Tempo.co

Online travel agencies hit hard by cancellations, bookings slump
The COVID-19 outbreak has taken a toll on online travel agencies as a sharp decline in travelers and an increase in booking cancellations have severely hit revenues.
— The Jakarta Post

Gorontalo governor pledges to donate salary to help COVID-19 victims
Gorontalo Governor Rusli Habibie has vowed to donate his salary for the remaining two years of his term to help residents in his province affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

One inmate killed, 20 alleged provocateurs arrested in North Sulawesi prison riot
A riot that broke out at Manado Penitentiary in North Sulawesi over the weekend has killed one inmate, while another has been hospitalized after being shot by a rubber bullet and 20 alleged provocateurs have been arrested.
— The Jakarta Post

4 recovered COVID-19 patients discharged of Sulianti Saroso Hospital
The Sulianti Saroso Hospital for Infectious Diseases (RSPI) discharged four patients that had fully recovered from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, according to data received in Jakarta on Tuesday.
— Antara News

COVID-19: Community in Madiun builds ‘open kitchen’ to help affected residents avoid hunger
A community unit in Madiun, East Java, has set up an “open kitchen” so that people in the area whose incomes have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will not need to go hungry.
— The Jakarta Post

South Tangerang Govt Turns Agricultural Area into Quarantine Zone
The South Tangerang City Government has converted the Integrated Agricultural Area (KPT) in Ciater, Serpong, into a quarantine location for People under Monitoring (ODP) and Patients under Surveillance (PDP).
— Tempo.co

Job Creation Bill Will be Discussed from Easiest Clusters: DPR
The Legislative Body of the House of Representatives (DPR) stated that drafts of omnibus law on job creation will be held discussed from the easiest cluster.
— Tempo.co

One dead, six in critical condition as fire razes boats in North Sumatra port
One person has died and six others have been severely injured in a fire that destroyed four boats in the old port of Teluk Dalam, South Nias regency in North Sumatra on Monday evening.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Study shows high public trust in West Java administration
The West Java administration’s ongoing efforts to slow the rapid spread of COVID-19 in recent weeks have largely been well received by the public, according to a recent report by big data consulting firm Drone Emprit.
— The Jakarta Post

Industry to continue operations by following health protocol: Ministry
The Industry Ministry has ensured that the industry sector will continue its operations to maintain the supply chain to meet the basic requirements of the public by applying the health protocol to contain COVID-19 transmission.
— Antara News

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Riau Islands spike to 27
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Riau Islands Province has increased by four to reach 27 as of Monday, according to the province’s task force for the acceleration of COVID-19 handling.
— Antara News

Athletes Village Sees Declining Positive COVID-19 Patients Number
The Jakarta Athletes Village Emergency COVID-19 Hospital is now treating as many as 394 positive COVID-19 patients, as of the latest data up to Tuesday, at 09:00 WIB (local time).
— Tempo.co

Papua governor to Jakarta for routine medical checkups
Papua Governor Lukas Enembe departed from Jayapura aboard a Batik Air flight bound for Jakarta on early Tuesday to undergo routine medical checkups, according to his private doctor.
— Antara News

JCI Climbs after BI Announces Meeting Results
The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) climbed on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, following the results announcement of Bank Indonesia’s board of governors’ meeting.
— Tempo.co

GoJek Offer Services for Daily Groceries amid Social Restriction
GoJek has expanded one of its services GoFood, to allow customers to purchase staple needs and items.
— Tempo.co

 

 

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