Indonesia morning news for April 27

Indonesia morning news for April 27

Indonesia morning news

Inflation to touch 0.18% in April, Central Bank forecasts
Indonesia’s Central Bank (BI) has forecast that Indonesia’s inflation rate would rise to 0.18 percent, mark-to-market (MTM), in April, 2020 compared to the previous month.
— Antara News

Indonesia Says Nearly 20,000 Patients Suspected of Having Coronavirus
Indonesia reported on Sunday that 19,648 patients were under strict observation for suspected coronavirus infection, as lab tests were limited due to a lack of equipment.
— Jakarta Globe

Thousands of animals in Indonesian zoos may soon go hungry
Thousands of animals living in Indonesian zoos are facing the threat of famine as management struggles to afford animal feed as would-be visitors stay home to contain the spread of COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia reports 275 new cases of COVID-19, 23 new deaths
The Indonesian government on Sunday announced 275 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the archipelagic country to 8,882.
— Xinhua

Why Indonesia has the highest COVID-19 fatality rate in Asia
Multiple factors contribute to Indonesia’s high COVID-19 fatality rate, including poor general health and gaps in the healthcare system, said experts interviewed by CNA.

Indonesian Muslims hold congregational Ramadan prayers despite COVID-19 warnings
Muslims across Indonesia have continued to perform congregational tarawih (evening Ramadan prayer) in mosques during the first few days of the fasting month, despite warnings from the government and religious groups that such gatherings could increase the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission.
— The Jakarta Post

People Urged to be Vigilant of Malaria amid COVID-19
The Indonesian Health Ministry has reminded the people living in malaria endemic areas, to be vigilant of the disease amid the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Indonesia to conduct COVID-19 drug trials at 22 hospitals
Indonesia is now ready to test four kinds of drugs that could be potentially used for treating the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in 22 hospitals as part of the World Health Organization’s Solidarity Trial.
— Antara News

Indonesia sets price floor for nickel ore to protect small miners
The government has put a floor under the price of nickel ore to protect small miners amid Indonesia’s aggressive efforts to develop downstream mining industries.
— The Jakarta Post

Loose social distancing points to slow Indonesian recovery
Indonesia opted for less punishing social-distancing measures than its neighbours to stem the spread of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
— The Star

Jakarta Emergency Hospital Records Rise in COVID-19 Inpatients
The Wisma Atlet (Athlete’s Village) Emergency Hospital (RSD) for COVID-19 treatment in Kemayoran on Sunday morning treated a total of 840 inpatients, rising 16 from 824 inpatients on the previous day.

‘Mudik’ ban: Airlines allowed to operate domestic flights on Friday
The Indonesian Transportation Ministry allowed airlines to operate flights on Friday for domestic passengers who had booked tickets prior to the ban on ‘mudik’ came into effect, but asked them to implement COVID-19 health protocols.
— Antara News

Indonesia Receives Vital Equipment from China to Ramp Up Covid-19 Testing
The Indonesian government’s Covid-19 Task Force received shipment of sophisticated laboratory equipment for coronavirus infection diagnostic testing from China on Saturday to help achieve a minimum testing number of 10,000 per day.
— Jakarta Globe

Gov’t, the House Postpone Labor Issues Deliberation in Omnibus Bill
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and the House of Representatives have agreed to postpone deliberation on labor issues in the much-anticipated omnibus bill, just in time to persuade workers against holding a mass protest before the May Day amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

More Than a Thousand Cars Forced to Turn Back to Jakarta on First Day of Mudik Ban
The Jakarta Metropolitan Police rolled out its Idul Fitri security operation, known as “Operasi Ketupat Jaya,” at midnight on Friday, the first day of Ramadan, by enforcing travel restrictions as part of the government’s mudik ban this year.
— Jakarta Globe

Govt to Revoke License of Transport Operators Violating Mudik Ban
The Transportation Ministry has officially prohibited all transportation operators from serving passengers in the areas enforcing the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), red zones, the Jakarta Greater Area (Jabodetabek), and agglomeration areas.

Trump Promises Jokowi Ventilators as Two Countries Join Hand in Fight Against Covid-19
The United States President Donald Trump said he would fulfill a request for ventilators from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to help the Southeast Asian country cope with the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

Another One of Jokowi’s Millennial Advisors Resigns Over Conflict of Interest
Another one of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s millennial advisors has resigned after a series of letters he wrote to subdistrict officials demanding their support for a program his company took part in were leaked to the public.
— Jakarta Globe

Embassy facilitates 75 Indonesians in Egypt to return home
The Indonesian Embassy in Cairo has facilitated 75 Indonesians stranded in Egypt to return to Indonesia, amid the local government’s policy to close all international flights since March 19 to contain the COVID-19 transmission.
— Antara News

Indonesian Embassy delivers basic-needs packages to Indonesians in US
The Indonesian Embassy in Washington D.C. has handed out hundreds of packages to help meet the basic needs of Indonesians, who lost their jobs in the wake of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.
— Antara News

Indonesia and COVID-19: What the World Is Missing
“For every tourist lucky to leave there are millions of Indonesians with no way out” — this was the conclusion of an ABC News report in late March into the situation facing Indonesians during the COVID-19 outbreak.
— The Diplomat

Employment Security In Indonesia Post COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly hit Indonesia’s economy, causing restriction of business activities, decline of production and other potential long-term effects.
— The Asean Post

COVID-19: Surabaya, two East Java regencies to impose partial lockdown
Surabaya and the neighboring regencies of Sidoarjo and Gresik in East Java are to impose a two-week partial lockdown starting Tuesday to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Indonesia claims daily testing capacity increase to 12,000
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has claimed that the central government increased its COVID-19 testing capacity to 12,000 per day, showing a wide discrepancy with the data provided by the Health Ministry.
— The Jakarta Post

335 Indonesian migrant workers repatriated from Sri Lanka, Maldives
The Indonesian Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka, has facilitated the repatriation of 335 Indonesian migrant workers from Sri Lanka and the Maldives after the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak took a toll on their jobs.
— Antara News

The Netherlands will pay reparations to Indonesian victims of colonial atrocities. Could the UK do the same?
The 83-year-old Indonesian man, who had travelled to The Hague to testify in front of a Dutch court, was last month awarded 10,000 euros ($17,000) as compensation for the murder.
— ABC News

Fears of repression grow in virus-crippled Indonesia
Activists have raised the alarm over a growing climate of fear in Indonesia following the arrests of a number of people critical of the government as it scrambles to weather the social and economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Hyundai donates 10,000 PPE sets for West Java’s medical workers
PT Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Indonesia (HMMI) has distributed 10 thousand sets of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to medical workers in West Java under its endeavors to assist Indonesia deal with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Antara News

COVID-19 Deals Crushing Blow to MSMEs
The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has not just attacked people, but also indirectly battered the Indonesian economy, leaving micro-, small-, and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs), the country’s economic backbone, struggling for survival.

Finance Ministry’s budget cut too much to bear, BKPM chairman says
The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) has asked the Finance Ministry to reconsider a budget cut following the ministry’s plan to reallocate Rp 191.21 billion (about US$12.33 million) from the board’s initial budget to partly finance mitigation efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta: Schools as COVID-19 Isolation Venues Will Treat ODP Only
The Jakarta Education Agency’s secretary, Susi Nurhati, confirmed that a total of 136 schools proposed as COVID-19 isolation venues would only accommodate people classified as ODP or people under monitoring for the novel coronavirus.

Court cuts former PPP chief Romahurmuziy’s prison sentence to one year
The Jakarta High Court has ruled in favor of an appeal filed by former United Development Party (PPP) chairman Muhammad “Romy” Romahurmuziy, who was found guilty of accepting bribes, reducing his prison sentence to one year.
— The Jakarta Post

KPK demands 12 years for ex-Garuda boss Emirsyah Satar in bribery trial
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has charged Emirsyah Satar with bribery and money laundering, accusing the former president director of Garuda Indonesia of accepting multiple bribes totaling Rp 49.3 billion (US$3.1 million) during his term from 2005 to 2014.
— The Jakarta Post

Rice stock in check despite lower production, higher demand: Ministry
The Trade Ministry has said that the rice stock from the upcoming harvest season will last through November despite declining production and surging demand.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry aims to provide income in rural areas with Rp 2.25t irrigation projects
The Public Works and Housing Ministry is moving forward with its labor-intensive projects in rural areas, which include the irrigation improvement acceleration program (P3TGAI) to provide steady income for people in rural areas during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Central Java police establishes nine checkpoints to enforce mudik ban
The Central Java Police formed nine checkpoints to block flow of vehicles of homebound travelers (mudik) from West Java, Yogyakarta, and East Java though not closing the Trans-Java Toll Road, a local police officer revealed.
— Antara News

Indonesian Govt allocates Rp1.3 trillion for Labuan Bajo development
The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) has allocated Rp1.3 trillion for infrastructure development in five National Tourism Strategic Zones (KSPN) in Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai District, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Province.
— Antara News

Law enforcement should learn restraint from Ravio Patra case, Mahfud MD says
Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD has said that law enforcement should learn to exercise restraint following the controversial arrest and subsequent release of researcher and outspoken government critic Ravio Patra.
— The Jakarta Post

Northstar Group secures first tranche of $800 million to be invested in Indonesia, SE Asia
Indonesian private equity firm Northstar Group announced the closure of its fifth flagship funds to be invested in companies and start-ups working on COVID-19 recovery and sectors such as consumption, digital economy and finance.
— The Jakarta Post

13,065 South Jakarta Residents Undergo COVID-19 Rapid Test
The Health Office of the South Jakarta City Administration said a total of 13,065 residents in the city have undergone rapid testing for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of Saturday.

Ishihara Charity Foundation donates 140 thousand PPEs to Indonesia
The Ishihara Charity Foundation of Taiwan has donated 140 thousand sets of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Indonesia to help the Southeast Asian nation deal with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Antara News

Court Finds 6 Papuan Activists Guilty in August Protest Case
The panel of judges of the Central Jakarta District Court found six Papuan activists guilty of violating Article 106 of Criminal Code in conjunction with Article 55 (1) of the Criminal Code.

Task force teams deployed in Sumatra, Kalimantan to anticipate fires
Indonesia’s Environmental Affairs and Forestry Ministry (KLHK) has deployed task force teams as a precautionary measure against forest fires, especially in the Sumatra and Kalimantan Islands, during the upcoming dry season.
— Antara News

Witness Protection Program Continues Despite Pandemic
The Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK) said they keep providing protection for witnesses and victims who have concerns with their safety despite ongoing nationwide restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

Gojek Donates 200,000 Staple Goods Packages to Driver-Partners
Gojek together with Anak Bangsa Bisa Foundation (ABBF) distributed 200,000 Partner Family Assistance Packages consisting of staple goods (sembako) to ease the burden on the daily costs of driver-partners during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Terawan Hands Over 1,000 Rapid Test Kits to Emergency Hospital
Indonesian Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto handed over 1,000 rapid test kits to Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital (RSD) for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) treatment in Kemayoran on Saturday.

Seniors left to face COVID-19 without social security
Pahala, 74, has to rely on his son, an angkot (public minivan) driver, to buy instant noodles or eggs to eat during the COVID-19 outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19 has little impact on retail, office rents, but long-term outlook bleak
Rents for both retail and office space in Jakarta are expected to remain relatively stable despite the unfolding COVID-19 outbreak, according to real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield.
— The Jakarta Post

DHS Claims COVID-19 Weaker in Tropics; Jokowi Says to Stay Alert
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said he heard from the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that based on its study, air temperatures, sun exposures, and humidity levels greatly affect the speed of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) death in the air and on non-porous surfaces.

Police arrest US national for possession of liquid synthetic cannabis
The West Kalimantan Provincial Police arrested a 67-year-old US national, identified by his initials as LRS, on charges of possessing liquid synthetic cannabis, according to a spokesman.
— Antara News

Central Jakarta Police seize 11-kg crystal meth, 30,000 ecstasy pills
The Central Jakarta police made a significant drug seizure comprising 11 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and 30 thousand ecstasy pills amid the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
— 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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