Indonesia morning news for April 21

Indonesia morning news for April 21

Indonesia morning news

Fitch Solutions slashes Indonesia’s economic growth projection due to pandemic
Fitch Solutions has downgraded Indonesia’s economic growth projection to 2.8 percent, down from its initial projection of 4.2 percent, as consumption and investment growth are expected to slow amid weakening global economic expansion during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia expects tourism revenues to plunge by USD10 billion
Minister of tourism and creative economy, Wishnutama Kusubandio reckons tourist arrivals could be as low as five million this year.
— TravelMole

Indonesia Reports 185 New Coronavirus Cases, Total 6,760
Indonesia reported on Monday 185 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of infections in the Southeast Asian country to 6,760, health ministry official Achmad Yurianto said.
— The New York Times

Bought for A Song: An Indonesian Craze Puts Wild Birds At Risk
Hiding in the dense Sumatran jungle, the poacher chose a thin branch, coated it with homemade glue and played a snippet of birdsong on an old cellphone.
— The New York Times

Govt Holds COVID-19 Rapid Tests for Mass Transport Drivers
The Transportation Ministry held the coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid tests for 200 participants comprising drivers of taxi, online motorcycle taxi or online ojek, public transportation, and bajaj.

Omnibus bill on shaky ground after layoffs
The deliberation of the disputed omnibus bill on job creation has met further resistance as the country is facing massive layoffs due to an economic slowdown during the coronavirus pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Police to Increase Patrols Fearing Crime Spike After 38,000 Prisoners Are Released
The National Police will carry out more street patrols and raids in anticipation of rising crimes after the Justice and Human Rights Ministry released more than 38,000 prisoners this month to prevent Covid-19 outbreaks inside Indonesia’s overcrowded jails.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s health system is vulnerable to COVID-19. Why was it late to adopt social distancing?
The rapid spread of COVID-19 across the archipelago comes as the majority Muslim nation prepares for the fasting month of Ramadan — starting this week — and the annual exodus of millions of people from Jakarta and major cities for their home villages.
— ABC News

Indonesia Receives Shipment of 50,000 Reagents From South Korea to Boost Covid-19 Testing
Indonesia received a shipment of 50,000 reagents from South Korea on Sunday which the government will use to boost the number of polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, testing for Covid-19 in the country.
— Jakarta Globe

COVID-19: Red tape prevents laid-off, poor Indonesians from getting promised aid
For days, Mawarni had been trying to apply for the government’s pre-employment card programme, which would allow her to get a benefit worth 3.5 million rupiah (US$215) over a four-month period.

Manokwari Regent Passes Away, Allegedly Due to Heart Attack
Manokwari Regent Demas Paulus Mandacan passed away at Manokwari Navy Hospital on Monday, April 20, at around 9:10 p.m. local time.

20 Indonesians in Singapore recover from COVID-19
Twenty of the 47 Indonesians who tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Singapore have recovered completely and have been discharged from hospital, according to the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore.
— Antara News
Stimulus may not be enough to prevent economic meltdown: Fiscal agency
The Finance Ministry’s fiscal policy agency (BKF) has voiced concerns that the government’s Rp 436.1 trillion (US$28.14 billion) stimulus may be insufficient to prevent economic meltdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Police: Not Using Masks Most Common Offense in Jakarta PSBB
Not using face masks has been recorded to be the most common offense during the implementation of the Large Scale Social Restriction (PSBB) policy in Jakarta.

Jakarta’s 1.2 million families receive COVID-19 food aid packages
he Indonesian government initiated the distribution of its aid packages to 1.2 million families in Jakarta currently bearing the brunt of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on Monday.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s FDI plunges in Q1 due to Covid-19 pandemic
The value of the foreign direct investment (FDI) in Indonesia edged down significantly in the first quarter as the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has halted global investment.
— The Star

Higher regulated airfares could help airlines survive pandemic: INACA
Domestic airlines welcome the government’s plan to increase both ceiling and floor airfares since the policy could reduce airlines’ burden amid the pandemic that has left travel-related industries devastated, an industry group says.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry projects COVID-19 to spike unemployment by five million
Unemployment in Indonesia is estimated to increase by five million over the economic pressure caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, Head of the Fiscal Policy Agency (BKF) of the Financial Ministry Febrio Nathan Kacaribu stated.
— Antara News

Referral hospitals prioritized for patients with severe COVID-19
Chairman of the Task Force for Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling Lt Gen. Doni Monardo reemphasized the decision to prioritize referral hospitals for treatment of patients ailing from severe and critical symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— Antara News

Facebook, Three Indonesian Firms in Early Talks for Mobile Payment Approval: Regulator
Three Indonesian digital fintech firms are working with Facebook Inc to apply for regulatory approval to launch mobile payments in the country, an official at the financial regulator said.
— The New York Times

Agriculture Ministry recommends importing more garlic as demand surges
As of last month, the Agriculture Ministry has issued recommendations to import more than 460,000 tons of garlic to ensure sufficient supplies and stabilize soaring prices during Ramadan and Idul Fitri when food demand usually surges.
— The Jakarta Post

Loan demand to slow further this year as pandemic hits businesses
Slowing loan demand in the first quarter of this year is expected to continue up until the end of 2020 and can potentially drag down Indonesia’s economic growth, as the COVID-19 pandemic hits business activities, economists have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Telecom companies ask for deferred payments amid economic downturn
Like other business sectors, telecommunications companies are also asking for a relief program from the government to cope with a sharp decline in revenues as a result of the government’s distancing policy, which among others, requires people to work from home.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Volunteers build crowdsourced databases to capture true scale of outbreak
The COVID-19 outbreak has prompted members of the public to launch their own crowdsourced databases on the spread of the virus in their respective communities in a bid to shed some light on cases that have otherwise slipped under the government’s radar.
— The Jakarta Post

East Java boarding school undergoes rapid COVID-19 testing after Malaysia reports imported cases
The Magetan administration in East Java conducted rapid tests for COVID-19 at the Temboro Islamic boarding school (pesantren) on Monday, following a report that dozens of Malaysian students returning from the school had contracted coronavirus.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry encourages businesses to buy farmers’ chickens as prices fall
The Agriculture Ministry is collaborating with businesses to encourage them to purchase farmers’ chickens, improving the current oversupply and prices as breeding season unfolds.
— The Jakarta Post

Pertamina, PGN cut revenue targets as weak rupiah, lockdown severely hurt businesses
State-owned oil company Pertamina and its subsidiary gas distributor Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN) have cut their revenue targets this year as the government’s partial lockdown measures to halt the spread of COVID-19 has severely affected their businesses.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian courts to go virtual during COVID-19
As the COVID-19 epidemic in Indonesia shows no signs of easing, two of the country’s highest courts, the Supreme Court (MA) and the Constitutional Court (MK), have switched to virtual trials to keep the judicial system running.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Pay attention’, ‘transform’: Pandemic shifts business landscape, strategy
COVID-19 has swept through the global economy in an unprecedented way. Businesses have been affected to various degrees depending on the sectors, but the bottom-line tips for survival are: pay attention to consumer behavior and accelerate digital transformation, new reports show.
— The Jakarta Post

More Than 300,000 Workers Eligible for Unemployment Benefits in Jakarta
The Jakarta provincial government has asked workers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic to register on a special site to receive their unemployment benefits.
— Jakarta Globe

Ramadan 2020: Istiqlal Mosque Scraps Mass Tarawih Prayers
Jakarta’s Istiqlal Mosque dropped its fifteen Ramadan programs due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in the capital area.

COVID-19: Surabaya ‘plus two’ to apply together for PSBB
The Surabaya municipal administration and two regencies of its greater metropolitan area, Gresik and Sidoarjo, decided on Sunday to apply to the Health Ministry for permission to impose the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).
— The Jakarta Post

President instructs providing optimal protection for medical workers
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has ordered to ensure the provision of best-possible protection to medical workers as the vanguard against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Antara News

COVID-19 Task Force Head: PSBB in Jakarta Is Not Effective Yet
The head of the national task force for COVID-19 mitigation, Doni Monardo, admitted that the enforcement of the large-scale social restrictions or PSBB in Jakarta has not run effectively yet.

Self-quarantine underway for 33 fishermen arriving in Gunung Kidul
Some 33 fishermen from Pekalongan District, Central Java, arriving at Sadeng Beach, Gunung Kidul District, Yogyakarta Province, on April 18 are undergoing a 14-day self-quarantine aboard a fishing vessel.
— Antara News

Pandemic Cash Aid Require Drivers to Learn English: Police
The distribution of the COVID-19 pandemic cash aid (bansos) will be commenced by the Metro Jaya Police across affected areas in the capital city.

Jakarta Sees Hike in Minimarket Robberies Amid COVID-19 PSBB
The Jakarta Metro Police recorded an increase in minimarket robberies during the large-scale social restriction or PSBB period, which was aimed at reducing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Helping others: Manado LGBT community raises funds for COVID-19 food aid
The members of an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community in Manado, North Sulawesi, have joined hands to raise funds and distribute relief aid to those affected by the local COVID-19 outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

‘They need mental support’: RSPI Sulianti Saroso nurse shares experience treating COVID-19
Besides medical treatment, COVID-19 patients also need companionship, a nurse at the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital (RSPI) said.
— The Jakarta Post

District head in Maluku to donate salary to COVID-19 fight
Tanimbar Islands district head Petrus Fatlolon has decided to donate his salary to fund the efforts of the district government’s COVID-19 task force, starting from May till the time the coronavirus outbreak ends.
— Antara News

COVID-19: West Java distributes cash, food to Greater Bandung residents prior to PSBB
West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has decided to distribute social assistance to thousands of families in Greater Bandung before officially implementing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the area amid efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Start-ups, NGOs team up to help people affected by COVID-19
Start-ups, a crowdfunding platform and non-government organizations (NGOs) have established a charity program to help those who have lost their livelihoods as a result of the partial COVID-19 lockdown.
— The Jakarta Post



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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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