Indonesia morning news for April 29

Indonesia morning news for April 29

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia’s true coronavirus death toll could be over 2,000 higher, data shows
More than 2,200 Indonesians have died with acute symptoms of Covid-19 but were not recorded as victims of the disease, a Reuters review of data from 16 of the country’s 34 provinces showed.

Indonesia Experiences Highest Daily Spike in Coronavirus Cases
Indonesia reported 415 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours on Tuesday, the highest single-day rise since the first cases in the country were announced in early March.
— Jakarta Globe

COVID-19 will push up Indonesia’s poverty rate: VP
Indonesian Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has predicted the country’s poverty rate would increase amid the COVID-19 pandemic as policies to stem the spread of the virus result in job losses.
— Antara News

‘Why are we being treated like this?’: Nurses handling COVID-19 evicted as landlord fears infection
Three nurses who work in Bung Karno Hospital in Surakarta, Central Java, have been evicted from their rooming house over the landlord’s concerns that the healthcare workers will infect her family with the coronavirus.
— The Jakarta Post

Pre-Employment Card Participants to Get Rp600,000 a Month
Executive Director for the Execution Management of the Pre-Employment Card Program, Denni Purbasari, revealed that participants of the program will receive a monthly incentive of Rp600,000.

COVID-19: Indonesian police deny higher crime rate solely due to release of prisoners to curb outbreak
Indonesian housewife Lila Kusumah, 37, is worried about her family’s safety after several houses nearby were said to have been robbed this month.

Indonesia raises another $4b from bonds, in talks with development banks
Indonesia has raised another Rp 62.62 trillion (US$4.05 billion) from government debt papers (SUN) and is in talks with several development banks to raise another $750 million to finance its widening state budget amid the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Government disburses $4.5m in village funds as cash aid for poor families
The government has disbursed around Rp 70 billion (US$4.5 million) in cash assistance for some 116,000 families using village funds to help them cope with the severe economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Brief Breakdown of COVID-19 Cases Based on Age Groups
The statistics from Indonesia’s coronavirus pandemic information hub,, shows that people within the age demographic of 50-69 are most affected by the disease.

COVID-19 aid: UAE sends 20 tons of PPEs to Indonesia
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sent an aid plane loaded with 20 tons of personal protective equipment (PPE) to help Indonesia combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Anti-Terror Agency Ditches Zoom
Indonesia’s counter-terrorism agency has banned the use of Zoom, the popular online meeting app run by a San Francisco-based company, fearing data breaches that could jeopardize the agency’s operations.
— Jakarta Globe

Covid-19 Forces KFC Indonesia to Cut, Suspend Wages
PT Fast Food Indonesia, the license holder of KFC in the country, is adjusting employees’ wages to cope with the financial challenges posed by Covid-19.

Business groups oppose omnibus bill delay as mass layoffs loom
Key business groups have expressed opposition to the decision to delay deliberation of the labor provisions in the omnibus bill on job creation, saying it will create an unfavorable environment for investment amid the increasing risk of a recession.
— The Jakarta Post

Police apprehend Jambi resident illegally trading Sumatran tiger skin
The Jambi Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) and police personnel apprehended Fendi, alias Tendi, alias Seng Seng, for illegal possession and trade of Sumatran tiger (Phantera Tigris Sumatrae) skin specimens.
— Antara News

Jakarta COVID-19 Update; 74,000 Tested with 2,954 Positive Cases
The Jakarta Administration on Tuesday reported it had conducted coronavirus rapid tests on 74,785 people which revealed results showing 2,954 of them were positive for COVID-19.

Deficit in stocks of essential goods in some provinces: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has said some Indonesian provinces are facing a shortfall in certain basic necessities, with 30 provinces recording a shortage in sugar stocks and 31 provinces reporting a deficit in garlic stocks.
— Antara News

Rice management key to mitigating food crisis: President
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has said rice management is key to anticipating and mitigating any food crisis in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Young Indonesian doctor dies of COVID-19 ahead of wedding day
The story of Michael Robert Marampe, a young Indonesian doctor who died of COVID-19 on Saturday, has broken the hearts of many, especially as his personal battle against the coronavirus took place as he was preparing for his wedding.
— The Jakarta Post

Logistics down by more than 50 percent amid COVID-19 outbreak
Logistics companies have experienced more than a 50 percent decline in overall business performance since the COVID-19 outbreak hit Indonesia in early March, the Indonesian Logistics Association (ALI) reported.
— The Jakarta Post

West Java Extends Large-Scale Social Restriction in Jakarta’s Satellite Cities
West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has confirmed the large-scale social restriction, or PSBB, in Jakarta’s satellite cities Bogor, Depok and Bekasi will be extended starting on Wednesday to contain the spread of coronavirus.
— Jakarta Globe

Two Sumatra regencies report sudden death of pigs
The Medan Veterinary Center in North Sumatra has dispatched a team to probe the recent death of hundreds of pigs in the regencies of Nias and South Nias.
— The Jakarta Post

Medan Zoo seeks donations to feed animals at risk of ‘dying from hunger’
The Medan Zoo in North Sumatra launched a donation campaign on Monday in the hopes of covering its operational budget and supplying food for animals in the park, which has seen a large drop in income due to the coronavirus pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Ma’ruf Amin Reasserts Ban on Mass Prayers in COVID-19 Red Zone
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin once again asserted that mass religious activities are prohibited during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in areas declared as red zones.

COVID-19 Predicted to End in September; Eijkman: Stay Alert
The Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology’s Deputy Head of Fundamental Research, Herawati Sudoyo, called on the government and the public to not let the guard down in dealing with COVID-19 pandemic.

Police locate COVID-19 patient missing from Bahterams General Hospital
The police, on Tuesday, were able to trace a COVID-19 patient, who had fled the isolation room of the Bahterams General Hospital in the Southeast Sulawesi provincial capital of Kendari.
— Antara News

‘Jamu’ groups oppose House’s decision to import ingredients for ‘COVID-19 cure’
Two organizations representing Indonesian jamu (herbal medicine) producers have objected to the reported importation of ingredients for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) by the House of Representatives COVID-19 task force, saying that the same ingredients can be produced domestically.
— The Jakarta Post

Crowdfunding for ‘made in Indonesia’ test kits reaches target
A crowdfunding effort for locally produced real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test kits, for more reliable COVID-19 detection, reached its donation target of Rp 10 billion (US$649,329) on Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post

Pre-Employment Card’s Trainers Have Little Track Record in Training
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s flagship unemployment benefits program, the pre-employment card, has come under criticism for the inability of its online training providers to upskill the participants.
— Jakarta Globe

Jakarta’s 3,893 companies apply work from home system
The Jakarta Manpower, Transmigration, and Energy Office revealed that 3,893 companies in the capital city had applied a work from home (WFH) system until Tuesday (Apr 28) amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Insurance start-up Qoala gets $13.5 million investment
Qoala, an insurance technology start-up, has secured US$13.5 million in its first round of financing from major investors Sequoia India, Flourish Ventures and Mirae Asset Venture Investment.
— The Jakarta Post

ASDP suspends passenger services; to continue transport of goods
State-owned ferry operator PT ASDP Indonesia (Persero) has suspended transportation services for passengers, but has decided to continue ferrying goods and providing logistics services till May 31 to support the ban on ‘mudik’ (homebound travel).
— Antara News

71 industrial area operators apply to ministry for IOMKI permit
Some 71 operators of industrial areas have applied for the industrial operation and mobility (IOMKI) permit with the Industry Ministry, Director General of Industry Resilience, Zoning, and International Access of the ministry Doddy Rahadi stated.
— Antara News

Infrastructure development progressing as investment jumps, BKPM says
Projects in the warehouse, transportation and telecommunications sector have contributed the most to total realized investment this year at around 23.4 percent as of the first quarter, indicating that the government’s infrastructure development plan has shown progress, according to the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).
— The Jakarta Post

Govt’s ‘Perpu COVID-19’ Faces Litigation from Anti-graft Groups
The Indonesian Antigraft Society (MAKI) on Tuesday questioned the motivation behind the issuance of the government regulation in lieu of law No.1/2020 (Perpu Keuangan COVID-19) which they argue is an act to save the banks rather than saving the nation.

City government orders 14-day closure of Surabaya’s offices, companies
The Surabaya city government instructed offices and companies to remain temporarily shut during the enforcement of large-scale social restriction measures to break the chain of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), failing which sanctions were applicable.
— Antara News

Traffic plummets on Jakarta, West Java, and Banten toll roads
Implementation of large-scale social restrictions in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi has caused a 42-60 percent drop in traffic flows on toll roads within these cities, the Public Works and Housing (PUPR) Ministry stated.
— Antara News

Interfaith network collaborates with entrepreneurs to aid informal workers during COVID-19
The Interfaith Network for COVID-19 Response (JIC) has collaborated with entrepreneurs to aid informal workers with food packages throughout Ramadan.
— The Jakarta Post

Deaf Indonesians turn to clear COVID-19 masks
Lip-reading suddenly got tricky when everyone covered their face during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Indonesian tailors have hit upon the perfect solution – see-through masks.

Young Siblings Donate Piggy Bank Savings to COVID-19 Hospital
A pair of young siblings Tania Amelinda (15) and Maulida Lailatul (9) on Tuesday arrived at the Bekasi District General Hospital (RSUD Kabupaten Bekasi) that handles coronavirus (COVID-19) cases to donate their savings that were kept in a piggy bank.

Ramadan Bazaars Go Digital amid Pandemic
For 15 years, Siti Zabedah Abdul Wahab’s family food business has opened for one month a year, selling murtabak, a pan-fried bread stuffed with meat, at Malaysia’s popular Ramadan bazaars.

Bintan District Court hands death sentence to three drug smugglers
The Tanjungpinang District Court, Monday, awarded death sentence to Syahrul bin Tue, Zaihiddir alias Kam bin Ajis, and Ahmad Jufri bin Zainuddin for smuggling 118 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia on August 30, 2019.
— Antara News

Residents kill crocodile thought to have eaten man in Riau
The residents of Teluk Lanus village in Siak regency, Riau captured and killed on Monday a 4-meter-long saltwater crocodile in the Lakar delta believed to have eaten Syafri, a 55-year-old fisherman from Meranti Islands regency.
— The Jakarta Post

In Indonesia, rural helps urban to ensure food supply during coronavirus pandemic
A pickup truck full of vegetables — sweet cassava leaves, water spinach, eggplants, long beans, chilis and pumpkins — stopped at a public kitchen run by Sleman residents in Yogyakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Grab offers free scooter rides for health workers in COVID-19 emergency hospital
Online ride-hailing platform Grab Indonesia is providing free GrabWheels electric scooters for medical personnel treating COVID-19 patients at the emergency hospital in the former athletes village in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post



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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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