Indonesia morning news for April 16

Indonesia morning news for April 16

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia to Bring 34 Million People Under Partial Lockdown
Indonesia expanded a partial lockdown to more areas near Jakarta, the epicenter of the country’s coronavirus cases, as authorities stepped up efforts to restrict movement of people ahead of the nation’s biggest festive season next month.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia posts US$743.4 million trade balance surplus in March 2020
Indonesia’s trade balance recorded a surplus of US$743.4 million in March 2020, with exports valued at $14.09 billion and imports at $13.35 billion, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS).
— Antara News

Indonesia records 5,136 COVID-19 cases, 446 recoveries
The Indonesian Task Force for Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling has recorded a total of 5,136 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease until Wednesday (April 15, 2020), with 469 deaths and 446 recoveries.
— Antara News

COVID-19: TNI reports 55 cases, 15 deaths among personnel, family members
The Indonesian Military (TNI) has confirmed 55 cases of COVID-19 and 15 deaths among military personnel and their families.
— The Jakarta Post

Millions to lose jobs, fall into poverty as Indonesia braces for recession
The government estimates that up to 3.78 million Indonesians will fall into poverty and 5.2 million lose their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, while the International Monetary Fund (IMF) projects the worst global recession since the Great Depression.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to produce 16,000 WHO-compliant PPEs per day
Domestic businesses will soon start producing 16 thousand pieces of personal protective equipment, or PPEs, daily, and the gear would meet the standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO), according to the Industry Minister.
— Antara News

Jakarta Records Highest COVID-19 Case Fatality Rate in Indonesia
The number of people who died from the novel coronavirus infection or COVID-19 in Indonesia reached 459, as of Tuesday, April 14.

Indonesia Ramps Up Testing as Coronavirus Cases Pass 5,000
The Indonesian government is racing against time to achieve at least 10,000 Covid-19 tests per day as confirmed cases reached 5,136 on Wednesday, up by 297 from yesterday.
— Jakarta Globe

COVID-19: KM Kelud put in quarantine in Medan after crewmen test positive
North Sumatra health authorities have placed dozens of passengers and crew members of KM Kelud into quarantine after three crewmen tested positive for COVID-19 upon arriving at Belawan Port in Medan on Monday evening.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Four foreigners questioned in Bali after partying despite calls for physical distancing
Police have questioned four foreigners in Bali after a video of people holding a house party during the COVID-19 outbreak was circulated on social media.
— The Jakarta Post

Bakamla detains 47 Indonesian migrant workers over illegal entry
The Indonesian Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) detained 47 Indonesian migrant workers for illegal entry into the territory from Malaysia through the illegal port in Nongsa waters, Mata Ikan Bay, Batam, 2 a.m. local time, Wednesday.
— Antara News

In major policy shift, Jokowi orders transparency in pandemic fight
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has now called for greater transparency in how the nation is handling the coronavirus outbreak, ending his previous policy to withhold some information regarding the outbreak to prevent mass hysteria.
— The Jakarta Post

Airports Record Fewer Flights as Gov’t Limits Number of Passengers on Board
State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II has been restricting services and reducing operational hours in airports across Indonesia following the implementation of large-scale social restriction in some cities to minimize the spread of Covid-19.
— Jakarta Globe

COVID-19: Workers anxious over job security despite govt policies, survey finds
Many Indonesian workers remain anxious over the uncertain future of their employment amid the COVID-19 outbreak despite the government’s social safety net policies, a recent online survey found.
— The Jakarta Post

Gov’t Discloses Data on Suspect Cases of Covid-19 as Millions Leave Pandemic Epicenter Jakarta
The central government has finally released its official figure on suspect cases of Covid-19 across the country, which turned out to be much higher than the number of confirmed cases so far, stoking fears that the worst of the pandemic is yet to come.
— Jakarta Globe

South Kalimantan’s First Pulmonologist Dies of COVID-19
The Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) spokesman Halik Malik announced that one of its members and South Kalimantan’s first pulmonologist Hasan Zain has perished due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Text messages best way to ensure preemployment card program reaches targeted recipients: Experts
The government has introduced a series of social assistance programs to help people affected by the social restrictions implemented to halt the spread of COVID-19 from affected areas such as Jakarta to other regions of the country.
— The Jakarta Post

ABC Indonesia correspondent Anne Barker on a heartbreaking decision to leave country due to coronavirus
A month ago, it never crossed my mind — or anyone’s in the Jakarta bureau — that we wouldn’t continue as ever, reporting on events in Indonesia.
— ABC News

COVID-19 Affected Villagers to Receive Rp600,000
The Minister of Villages, Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration, Abdul Halim Iskandar, has stated that COVID-19 affected village communities will receive Rp600,000 in cash transfers (BLT) per capita, distributed through the Village Funds, over the course of three months.

Yogyakarta deputy police chief tapped to lead KPK’s law enforcement efforts
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Firli Bahuri inaugurated Brig. Gen Karyoto on Tuesday as the agency’s deputy for law enforcement amid criticism from antigraft activists over a lack of transparency in the selection process.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi to optimize domestic industry for COVID-19 Response
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has outlined four steps to optimize the domestic industry in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Antara News

Task force confirms recovery of COVID-infected toddler from Cilacap
A four-year-old toddler, identified as AL, residing in Bulupayung Village, Cilacap District, Central Java, was declared cured of COVID-19, Chairman of Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling of Cilacap District, Farid Ma’ruf stated.
— Antara News

Jakarta’s new deputy governor pledges to help fight COVID-19 pandemic
Ahmad Riza Patria, officially installed by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) as deputy governor of Jakarta for the 2017-2022 period, has expressed commitment to assist Governor Anies Baswedan fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Not a good time to graduate: Pandemic leaves job seekers in limbo
After almost five years fighting her way through an arduous mechanical engineering degree at one of Indonesia’s top schools, 24-year-old Tantya “Tya” Ani thought she could breathe a sigh of relief upon graduating in September last year.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi’s Staffer Responds to Conflict of Interest Allegation
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s special staff member, Adamas Belva Syah Devara, declared his readiness to resign from his current position if his status as founder and CEO of Ruangguru has presented a conflict of interest in the government’s decision-making process.

North Sumatra’s Dairi Police grant 75-year-old alleged rapist bail over health concerns
The Dairi Police in North Sumatra have granted a 75-year-old man who allegedly raped and impregnated a junior high school student bail.
— The Jakarta Post

Police Monitors 125 PSBB Checkpoints along Jakarta’s Borders
To maximize the enactment of the Large Scale Social Restriction (PSBB) policy in Bogor, Depok, Bekasi and Tangerang, on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, the police is set to monitor 125 checkpoints along Jakarta’s borders to its satellite cities.

South Korean Garment Firms Send Almost 1 Million PPEs to BNPB
The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) said that six South Korean-based garment companies in West Java had delivered some 927,500 personal protective equipment (PPEs) to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) amid the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19: Greater Bandung regional leaders to jointly seek approval for PSBB
The heads of five regions of Greater Bandung, West Java, have agreed to Governor Ridwan Kamil’s plan to jointly request the Health Ministry’s approval for imposing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) this week.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister Budi Karya Cured from COVID-19, Discharged from Hospital
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has been reportedly discharged from the hospital after one month undergoing medical treatment for the new coronavirus disease or COVID-19.

Land conflicts escalate with spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia
Two people have died in a series of land disputes between major companies and rural communities in Indonesia.
— Mongabay

Police officer suffers injuries during attack at BSM Poso
A police officer got injured when two unidentified persons attacked the security personnel guarding the Syariah Mandiri Bank (BSM) in Poso District, Central Sulawesi, on Wednesday.
— Antara News

COVID-19: TNI on alert to prevent illegal border crossing
The Indonesian military has stepped up security along the border with Malaysia to prevent potential coronavirus transmissions from people entering the country illegally, said Commander of the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI), Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto.
— Antara News

The National Museum Initiates Home Exhibition Challenge
The Indonesian National Museum (Museum Nasional), also commonly known as Munas, has launched their home exhibition challenge, under the name #pamerandarirumah, on Monday, April 13, 2020.

Bogor Station Still Crowded during First Day of Bodebek PSBB
The Bogor Station remains crowded with commuter line (KRL) passengers, as of Wednesday morning, April 15, 2020, even during the first day of the Large Scale Social Distancing (PSBB) enactment in the Bodebek (Bogor, Depok, Bekasi) regions of West Java.

Over 22,000 volunteers sign up with COVID-19 task force
More than 22 thousand volunteers have joined the Indonesian Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Response, according to Achmad Yurianto, the government spokesperson for COVID-19 handling.
— Antara News

One dead in flooding as heavy rains lash Majalengka
Incessant torrential rains lashing Majalengka District, West Java Province, on Tuesday (Apr 14), triggered flooding in several locations that claimed the life of a motorcyclist.
— Antara News


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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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