Indonesia morning news for April 3

Indonesia morning news for April 3

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia virus death toll rises to highest in Asia outside China
Indonesia’s coronavirus death toll rose to 170 on Thursday as the world’s fourth most populous nation passed South Korea as the country with the highest number of recorded fatalities in Asia after China.
— Reuters

Indonesia ranks 57th in Inclusive Internet Index, among the lowest in the world
Progress on creating widely accessible and affordable internet access in Indonesia is slow, with a recent study placing Indonesia 57th among 100 countries on the Inclusive Internet Index, indicating there is still a huge amount of work to be done when it comes to building a fully functioning digital economy.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s economic stimulus not enough to stop layoffs, focus should be to contain COVID-19: Experts
Indonesia’s US$24.2 billion healthcare budget and economic stimulus package may not be enough to weather the impact of COVID-19 and prevent millions from losing their jobs, analysts warned on Thursday (Apr 2).
— CNA

Indonesia Releases 30,000 Prisoners as Covid-19 Cases Double in a Week
The Justice and Human Rights Ministry passed a new decree on Thursday allowing the release of 30,000 prisoners, including juvenile delinquents, to avoid mass coronavirus infections in Indonesia’s overcrowded jails.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia to start using TB testing kits for COVID-19 this week
As the number of coronavirus cases and deaths rises in Indonesia, the government says it will use modified diagnostics test kits for tuberculosis available at more than 132 hospitals and public health centers for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by the end of the week.
— The Jakarta Post

Pandemic Pushes Gov’t to Collect Zoom, Netflix Taxes Earlier Than Planned
Indonesia will start collecting tax from digital services, including popular cloud meeting app Zoom and streaming service Netflix, after a decree enacted by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Tuesday granted the tax office the power to boost tax revenues during the country’s pandemic-induced economic slowdown.
— Jakarta Globe

Gov’t Offers Social Safety Net Program for Jakartans, Issues No Ban for Idul Fitri Exodus
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has promised a social safety net program for 3.6 million Jakartans affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi Talks of Possible Holiday Replacement for Eid, Mass Exodus
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo resumed the limited meeting on the preparation of the mass exodus during the national holiday of 2020 Eid al-Fitr or locally known mudik lebaran this year on Thursday, April 2.
— Tempo.co

Flight alert issued after Indonesia’s Mount Merapi erupts
Mount Merapi, the most active volcano in Indonesia, erupted again on Thursday, spewing a column of ash by up to 3 km high, and a flight warning was issued, the Volcanology Agency said.
— Xinhua

Jokowi: COVID-19 Social Aid for Immediate Distribution
President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo has instructed for the immediate distribution of the entire social protection and social security package program, geared to dampen the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Tempo.co

Anti-graft Watchdog: Yasonna Uses COVID-19 to Free Corruptors
The Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has strongly rejected the plan to release inmates of corruption cases under the pretense of a national coronavirus mitigation plan.
— Tempo.co

Commentary: Three overlooked facts behind Indonesia’s high COVID-19 death rate
International and local media organisations have reported that Indonesia holds one of the highest COVID-19 death rates in the world.
— CNA

100 cruise crew members land in Bali
As many as 100 crew members of two cruise ships — Adventure of the Sea and Harmony of the Sea — landed at the I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar, Bali on Tuesday.
— Antara News

191 Indonesians test positive for COVID-19 abroad: Foreign Ministry
As many as 191 Indonesians have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) abroad as of 10 a.m. local time on Thursday, according to the Foreign Ministry.
— Antara News

Jakarta Poor to Receive Rp1mn Monthly Assistance: Anies Baswedan
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan stated that social assistance amounting to Rp1 million per family will be distributed to poor and poverty prone families whose economies are affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in Jakarta.
— Tempo.co

Luhut: People Going ‘Mudik’ Will Carry Coronavirus
Coordinating Minister for Investment and Maritime Affairs, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, has warned Indonesians not to leave for Eid exodus (mudik) during the COVID-19 pandemic, while also acknowledging that the government will not be able to legally prohibit the tradition.
— Tempo.co

Public Donation for COVID-19 Task Force Reach Rp72 Billion
The government’s spokesman for the coronavirus mitigation Achmad Yurianto says the public donation to the COVID-19 Task Force continues to grow.
— Tempo.co

Xi says China ready to support Indonesia to overcome difficulties
Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday that China stands ready to support and assist Indonesia in order to jointly overcome the present difficulties.
— Xinhua

Indonesia accelerates tax reforms, cuts corporate income tax in COVID-19 playbook
Indonesia is accelerating its planned tax reforms, including cutting corporate income tax and collecting taxes from tech companies, as part of the financial playbook to fund COVID-19 relief efforts.
— The Jakarta Post

Bank Indonesia in talks with US, China on currency swaps
Bank Indonesia (BI) is in talks with the US Federal Reserve about potential currency swaps, while also preparing bilateral swaps with central banks from China to Australia as it consolidates ways to aid the nation’s COVID-19 battle.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry readies strategies to intensify plantation exports
The Agriculture Ministry has come up with some strategies to boost Indonesia’s exports of plantation commodities amid the COVID-19 pandemic and sought an alternative market for the exports.
— Antara News

Public should be edified on handling of deceased COVID-19 patients
Secretary General of the Indonesian Ulema Council Anwar Abbas called for the need for experts and the government to furnish comprehensive information to the public on procedures to handle bodies of COVID-19 patients.
— Antara News

Jokowi Promises Sugar and Garlic Prices to Go Down by Next Week
President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo has promised that prices of staples such as sugar and garlic, which in the past month has skyrocketed, will stabilize ahead of Ramadan in the coming month.
— Tempo.co

Government ensures availability of food commodities for Ramadhan
The government has ensured the availability of 11 food commodities by securing its supply, distribution, and price stability for the upcoming Ramadhan fasting month.
— Antara News

Jakarta COVID-19 Emergency Status Extended as Cases Climb to 885
Jakarta has been dealing with the increasing number of patients with the coronavirus disease of Covid-19.
— Tempo.co

Jokowi: Private Sector Must Fulfill THR Allowance amid Outbreak
In a virtual conference with Coordinating Minister for Economy Airlangga Hartarto, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reminded private sector businesses to fulfill their obligations in paying employees’ special allowance or THR even though the country is hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Tempo.co

Reprimand regions closing off roads: President tells Home Minister
President Joko Widodo on Thursday urged Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian to admonish heads of those regions that have closed roads in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, thereby slowing the distribution of goods and food.
— Antara News

Jokowi Helps Anies Subsidize 2.5mn Jakartans Affected by Covid-19
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo planned to provide the Jakarta provincial administration with a subsidy for 2.5 million people affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.
— Tempo.co

Global Investors ‘Confident’ With Indonesian Economy: Central Bank
Global investors still have confidence in the Indonesian economy and may back a drive to buy new debt securities issued to finance the government’s stimulus package for mitigating the Covid-19 pandemic, Perry Warjiyo, the governor of Bank Indonesia, the country’s central bank, said on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

COVID-19 Spokesman Denies Central Govt Lacks of Data Transparency
Spokesperson for the government’s COVID-19 mitigation, Achmad Yurianto, on Thursday denies that the Central Government has not been entirely honest about the regional dispersion of coronavirus patients in Indonesia.
— Tempo.co

Over 70,000 People Leave Jakarta since Coronavirus Emergency Set
Jakarta Transportation Agency recorded that as of March 31, more than 70,000 people have left for their hometown or popularly known mudik since the coronavirus emergency status was issued on March 16.
— Tempo.co

COVID-19: Business owners file class-action lawsuit against Jokowi, Terawan for negligence
A group of small and medium business owners have filed a class-action lawsuit against President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto for what they perceive to be the government’s negligence in handling the COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken a toll on their livelihoods.
— The Jakarta Post

Bank Indonesia pledges to strengthen rupiah to Rp 15,000 per US dollar
Bank Indonesia (BI) has vowed to continue with its intervention in the financial market to stabilize the rupiah exchange rate to Rp 15,000 per US dollar by year-end as Indonesia faces a worst-case scenario of the rupiah sliding to a historic low as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Idul Fitri ‘mudik’ travelers to undergo quarantine before departure: Surakarta mayor
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Surakarta administration in Central Java is urging its citizens to refrain from returning to their home towns unless they quarantine themselves for 14 days before they depart.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt fails to confirm at least five minors among COVID-19 fatalities
In the month since the first COVID-19 case was identified in Indonesia, the country has recorded at least five minors among the deaths of people infected with or suspected of being infected with COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

PSN, Indosat, PNS to launch Nusantara Dua satellite this month
Satellite communication provider PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN), in cooperation with telecommunication service provider PT Indosat Ooredoo and another telecommunication company, PT Pintar Nusantara Sejahtera (PNS), plans to launch a newly built satellite from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan province later this month.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt carries on with haj prep, claiming haj ‘cancellation’ a case of lost in translation
The Religious Affairs Ministry has made assurances that this year’s haj is still on schedule for July, dismissing reports that the Saudi Arabian government has asked Muslims around the world to put the annual pilgrimage on hold due to COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

More than 400 COVID-19 cases found in West Java through rapid testing
The West Java Health Agency has found 409 new cases of COVID-19 across the province after a week of mass rapid testing.
— The Jakarta Post

Bank Mandiri gives one-year life insurance plans to 35,000 medical workers
State-owned lender Bank Mandiri is giving out life insurance plans with potential payments totaling Rp 1 trillion (US$60 million) to 35,000 frontline healthcare professionals fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

‘This is not a normal time’: BI to break barriers in COVID-19 battle
Bank Indonesia (BI) has promised to keep consumer prices in check despite a new regulation that allows the central bank to buy bonds directly from the government, a move that will likely increase the money supply.
— The Jakarta Post

Authorities dismiss as hoax Facebook post on death of volunteers at COVID-19 hospital
Authorities have dismissed as a hoax a rumor that two volunteers at Jakarta’s makeshift hospital for COVID-19 in the Kemayoran athletes village had died after contracting the coronavirus disease.
— The Jakarta Post

RedDoorz offers 100 hotel rooms for free to medical workers in Jakarta
Hotel booking platform RedDoorz is making 102 rooms near hospitals in Jakarta available for free to medical workers treating COVID-19 patients.
— The Jakarta Post

127 people linked to Bandung church event test positive for COVID-19
One hundred and twenty-seven people have tested positive after rapid tests were carried out on hundreds of people who attended a Lembang Bethel Church of Indonesia (GBI) event in Bandung, West Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Non-coronavirus patients grow wary as hospital crisis looms
As the COVID-19 pandemic grows, non-coronavirus patients are worried about getting sidelined, while fearing that visiting hospitals might expose them to the highly contagious disease.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: TNI, ACT to distribute aid to affected residents in parts of Greater Jakarta
The Indonesian Military (TNI) and humanitarian organization Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) are set to distribute up to 1,000 tons of rice and 1,000 boxes of drinks for residents affected by the coronavirus outbreak in capital Jakarta and neighboring Tangerang, Depok and Bekasi within the next one month.
— The Jakarta Post

BI supports the issuance of Perppu No.1 of 2020
Bank Indonesia (BI) supports the issuance of Government Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) No.1 of 2020 as a relaxation of the law in mitigating the economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis, which is an anticipatory step with the government, the Financial Services Authority (OJK), and the Deposit Insurance Corporation (LPS).
— Antara News

Indonesian workers arriving from Malaysia put under surveillance: govt
More than 4,000 Indonesian migrant workers who have arrived in Riau Province from Malaysia have been placed under surveillance as the neighboring country has also witnessed a COVID-19 outbreak, a local government official said.
— Antara News

AP I offers virtual customer service at its 12 airports
State-run airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) is offering virtual customer service at 12 airports under its management as part of its endeavors to contain the spread of COVID-19.
— Antara News

Jokowi orders health minister to finalize rules on social distancing
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) instructed Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto to promptly finalize a ministerial regulation on criteria for regions allowed to apply large-scale social distancing measures (PSBB).
— Antara News

Seven high schoolers arrested, one at large for alleged gang rape in North Sumatra
Deli Serdang Police have arrested seven students of a vocational school in Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra and are searching for another in connection with alleged gang rape conducted several times against a 16-year-old junior.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Ramps Up Health Care Protocol in Mass Transportation
Jakarta Transportation Agency Head Syafrin Liputo claimed he was waiting for the instruction from the Health Ministry to limit public transportation following the government’s policy on large-scale social restrictions.
— Tempo.co

Notorious armed Papuan rebels terrorize resident of Pegunungan Bintang
Notorious armed Papuan rebels have terrorized residents in Serambakon Sub-district, Pegunungan Bintang District, Papua Province, Sub-district Head Thadeus Asemki revealed.
— Antara News

‘Pocong’ out to keep residents in
As regions nationwide have enforced restrictions on people’s movement in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19, some local authorities are resorting to unorthodox methods in imposing the virus control measures.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Pesantren’ head reported to police for allegedly marrying 7-year-old girl
The National Commission for Child Protection has reported 54-year-old convicted pedophile Pujiono Cahyo Widianto, better known as Syekh Puji, to the police for allegedly marrying a 7-year-old girl.
— 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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