Indonesia morning news for April 30

Indonesia morning news for April 30

Indonesia morning news

BI projects 0.18 percent inflation rate in April 2020
Bank Indonesia (BI) estimated that the inflation rate in April 2020 will touch 0.18 percent based on results of a weekly price monitoring survey by 46 representative offices of the central bank across the nation.
— Antara News

COVID-19 palm oil depression: Indonesia sees volumes fall drastically for country’s top export commodity
Indonesia has seen export volumes for its palm oil, its top agricultural commodity, drop drastically since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, with even bigger slumps set to come.
— Food Navigator-Asia

Indonesia Sees Increasing Number of Covid-19 Recoveries
The Indonesian government Covid-19 Task Force spokesman, Achmad Yurianto, reported that 137 more patients recovered as of today, April 29.
— Tempo.co

Indonesia Announces 260 Coronavirus Cases, 11 Deaths
Indonesia confirmed 260 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, taking the total in the Southeast Asian nation to 9,771, said health ministry official Achmad Yurianto.
— The New York Times

Nearly Nine Million Indonesians Sign Up for Unemployment Benefits During Pandemic
More Indonesians have lost their jobs during the coronavirus crisis as the government’s flagship unemployment benefits program, the pre-employment card, registered 8.6 million members by Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Medicine prices could soar 60% on raw material disruption
Medicine prices could soar up to 60 percent in Indonesia as pharmaceutical companies struggle with a significant surge in production and distribution costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an association has warned.
— The Jakarta Post

Fear and illness stalk Indonesia’s packed jails as riots break out
Political activists are among those waiting to find out if they will be included in government pardon scheme to stop the spread of Covid-19.
— The Guardian

Tanjungpinang mayor dies at 59 after testing positive for COVID-19
Tanjungpinang Mayor Syahrul passed away on Tuesday following weeks of intensive treatment at Tanjungpinang Regional Hospital, Riau Islands, after testing positive for COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesians soak up sun’s rays to battle COVID-19
From shirtless soldiers to teens suntanning on their parents’ driveways, Indonesians are soaking up rays like never before in the hope that plentiful sunshine will ward off coronavirus.
— CNA

Komnas HAM records eight potential human rights violations by police during pandemic
The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has recorded several potential human rights violations by the National Police that have occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

President outlines plan to exempt MSMEs from income tax for six months
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has confirmed a plan to exempt micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) with an annual turnover of less than Rp4.8 billion from income tax payments between April and September 2020.
— Antara News

Coronavirus Death Toll Higher Among Young People in Indonesia
The death toll among young people in the Indonesian coronavirus outbreak is higher than that of the elderly, as new confirmed cases continue to fluctuate, according to the government data released on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

98 foreigners in Indonesia test positive for COVID-19: minister
At least 98 of more than 500 foreign nationals monitored by the Indonesian Government as part of efforts to contain coronavirus transmission have tested positive for the disease, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said.
— Antara News

Epidemiologist Vigilant about Jakarta’s Decreasing COVID-19 Cases
The University of Indonesia (UI) Head of Epidemiology, Tri Yunis Miko Wahyono, said that Jakarta’s coronavirus (COVID-19) spread has not reached its peak and predicted that it would happen between the end of June and early July.
— Tempo.co

Vale Indonesia’s profit, nickel output drop in Q1 after export ban
Top nickel miner PT Vale Indonesia booked a sharp decline in first-quarter profit after the world’s largest nickel ore-producing country enforced a game-changing export ban in January.
— The Jakarta Post

East Java delays repatriation of 38 Malaysian ‘santri’ who tested positive for COVID-19
The Magetan regency administration in East Java suspended the repatriation of 38 Malaysian students of Al Fatah pesantren (Islamic boarding school) in Temboro village after they had tested positive for COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Garuda Indonesia Cuts Salaries as Pandemic Grounds Fleet
Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has grounded the majority of its fleet as part of the large-scale social restriction to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

BI injects $32.7b into financial system as rupiah strengthens
Bank Indonesia (BI) has injected Rp 503.8 trillion (US$32.7 billion) into banks and the debt market to stabilize the rupiah and help support the government’s financing needs to combat the economic shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to defend coronavirus spending in top court
The Indonesian government will defend its emergency regulation for a massive spending increase to cushion its economy against the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, an official said on Wednesday, as the Constitutional Court reviewed its legality.
— Reuters

Sugar Deficit, Association Asks for Reduced Consumption
The Indonesian Sugar Association (AGI) has asked Indonesian households to reduce their sugar consumption, as the stock of the commodity is predicted to have a deficit until the end of the year.
— Tempo.co

715 positive COVID-19 patients treated at Wisma Atlet Hospital
The number of confirmed coronavirus patients treated at the Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, reached 715 as of Wednesday (April 29, 2020).
— Antara News

Lion Air to Reoperate Business Flights on May 3
Lion Air Group, Lion Air, Batik Air, and Wings Air, planned to reopen its domestic flights starting May 3, 2020, after its service suspended in the wake of the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic.
— Tempo.co

Over 5,000 Vehicles Stopped by ‘Mudik Ban’ Police Operation
The Metro Jaya Police department reported that it has backtracked 5,809 vehicles and ordered the drivers to turn around to their area of origins after the government imposed a ban on homecoming or “mudik ban” to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
— Tempo.co

President implements five schemes for MSME protection amid pandemic
President Joko Widodo has implemented five schemes under a program to protect MSMEs and aid their financial recovery, including special programs for ultra-micro and micro-businesses not yet serviced by banks and financial institutions.
— Antara News

23 million MSMEs should receive funding for working capital: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) highlighted the need to provide funding assistance to 23 million micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Indonesia for working capital in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Over 280,000 to participate in second term of Pre-employment Card
ver 280 thousand people will participate in the second term of the Pre-employment Card program, an official confirmed here on Wednesday.
— Antara News

COVID-19: TNI ready for worst-case scenario, prepares security contingency plan
The Indonesian Military (TNI) is prepared for any potential social unrest stemming from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced businesses to shut their operations and put millions out of work.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia aims for sustainability certification for oil palm smallholders
Environmental and social activists have welcomed a decision by the Indonesian government to require that smallholder palm oil farmers be certified sustainable.
— Mongabay

KPK Chief: Death Penalty for Corrupting COVID-19 Budget
Chief of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Firli Bahuri, on Wednesday, April 29, took a firm stance against those who dare to misuse the budgets allocated for the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Tempo.co

COVID-19 Treatment; UI, RSCM Open Plasma Donation Center
A team of convalescent plasma researchers from the Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital (RSCM) and University of Indonesia’s faculty of medicine on Wednesday opened a plasma donation for recovered COVID-19 patients.
— Tempo.co

Indonesia calls for equitable access to COVID-19 drugs, vaccines
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has stated that Indonesia is encouraging international cooperation for developing COVID-19 vaccines and drugs that people from all countries can afford to buy.
— Antara News

Foreign investment in North Sumatra swells to Rp5.2 trillion
Foreign investment in North Sumatra climbed to Rp5.219 trillion in the first quarter of 2020 from Rp1.197 trillion a year ago, fueled by a surge in investment in the electricity, gas, and clean water sectors.
— Antara News

Shoot aggressive criminals: C. Java governor tells police
Upon receiving complaints from residents about a rise in thefts and robberies during the COVID-19 pandemic, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has asked the police to take stern action against criminals, including by shooting suspects who attempt to evade arrest.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19; House Member Calls out Govt for Overlapping Policies
House of Representatives (DPR) Commission V member of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) Fraction, Syahrul Aidi Maazat, has criticized the central government for their overlapping policies in the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Tempo.co

East Java Power Plant Facing Jellyfish Invasion
The coal-fired power plant PLTU Paiton located in Probolinggo, East Java, has reportedly been invaded by swarms of jellyfish since Saturday, April 25.
— Tempo.co

Two elderly Ukrainians found dead in Bali apartment
Two Ukrainian nationals, identified as Tamara, 53, and Andrey,54, were found dead in an apartment located in Kedonganan, Badung District, Bali.
— Antara News

South Sulawesi readies 1,974 hotel rooms to quarantine OTGs, ODPs
The South Sulawesi provincial government has prepared 1,974 rooms at 24 hotels in the provincial capital of Makassar to quarantine asymptomatic people (OTG) and people under surveillance (ODP) for coronavirus infection.
— Antara News

Jakarta to Give Away Masks for Free
Jakarta plans to give away two cloth face masks to every resident of the capital to help slow the spread of Covid-19, Governor Anies Baswedan said on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

48 migrant workers quarantined in Bali allowed to go home
Forty eight Indonesian migrant workers quarantined at a hotel in Badung District, Bali Province, have been allowed to return home after finishing their 14-day quarantine, a government official said.
— Antara News

Presidential Staff Office launches “SEJIWA” psychological aid service
The Presidential Staff Office launched a consultation service for mental health care termed “SEJIWA” to help address the potential threat of psychological pressure on the community in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Government turns to domestic industry to modernize defense sector
The government has high hopes that local arms manufacturers can step up their production capacity to facilitate its efforts to modernize Indonesia’s primary weapons defense system amid delayed plans to acquire foreign arms as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesians, Malaysians return home via North Sumatra airport
As many as 194 Malaysian and Indonesian citizens flew back to their respective homelands on Tuesday via Kualanamu International Airport in Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra.
— The Jakarta Post

Salatiga opens traditional market with physical distancing requirements in place
Salatiga city in Central Java has shown the world it is possible to maintain economic activity while also following health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19, with traditional market sellers in the city following physical distancing measures while working at the market.
— The Jakarta Post

Consumers still shopping for Ramadan fashion despite reduced holiday spending
Many people still plan to buy Islamic goods and fashion items for the Ramadan fasting season despite an overall decline in consumer spending caused by growing financial insecurity amid the COVID1-19 pandemic, a survey has indicated.
— The Jakarta Post

Young Smokers in Indonesia at Greater Risk of Contracting Serious Cases of Covid-19
“Covid-19 hits old people the hardest.” The oft-heard statement might have given many young Indonesians a false sense of security as they puff away on their cigarettes, often right next to children, during their self-isolation at home.
— Jakarta Globe

Governor Talks of Heavy Traffic during First Day of PSBB Surabaya
East Java provincial administration evaluated the first-day implementation of the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) in Greater Surabaya as part of the containment efforts of COVID-19 spread.
— Tempo.co

COVID-19 Task Force temporarily stops accepting non-medical volunteers
The Task Force for Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling has put a temporary stop to accepting non-medical volunteers, though the process is expected to reopen next Monday, the Task Force’s Coordinator for Volunteers, Andre Rahardian, clarified.
— Antara News

Barito River overflows, inundating North Barito’s low-lying areas
Several low-lying areas in Muara Teweh, the capital of North Barito District, Central Kalimantan Province, again got flooded after the Barito River overflowed its banks following unremitting torrential rains.
— Antara News

Ministry lauds new trends in creative economy amid COVID-19 pandemic
The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy and the Tourism and Creative Economy Agency expressed its appreciation for the inventions and new trends started by the nation’s creative minds, who chose to be productive in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

‘Jamu’ to protective gear: Producers of most-wanted products facing business disruption
Companies producing highly sought-after items such as medicine, herbal drinks and protective gear are struggling to keep up with a surge in demand as production and distribution costs rise amid the COVID-19 pandemic, industry groups have warned.
— The Jakarta Post

State developer Perumnas fails to pay due debt, sees rating downgraded to default
Ratings agency PT Pemeringkat Efek Indonesia (Pefindo) has downgraded state-owned developer Perum Perumahan Nasional (Perumnas) medium-term debt to default after the company failed to pay its dues.
— The Jakarta Post

Denpasar Penitentiary warden arrested over attempted meth smuggling
Badung police arrested the Denpasar Women’s Penitentiary warden, identified by her initials as ER, for attempting to allegedly smuggle one gram crystal methamphetamine into the female prison on Tuesday at around 7 p.m. local time.
— Antara News

Residents in Indonesia-PNG border area should wear face masks: Police
Indonesian police personnel in the Skouw area of Muara Tami Sub-district, Jayapura City, Papua Province, conducted COVID-19 patrolling by urging villagers near the Indonesia-PNG border area to always wear face masks and practice social distancing.
— Antara News

Eastern Indonesia Forum Festival 2020 stands cancelled over COVID-19
The 9th Forum Festival of Eastern Region of Indonesia (KTI), scheduled in October this year in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), is currently officially postponed over concerns of a further spread of COVID-19.
— Antara News

Indonesian start-up Stoqo becomes latest casualty of the virus
Stoqo Teknologi Indonesia, an online platform that supplies fresh ingredients to food outlets, is shutting down, becoming the latest casualty of the coronavirus outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

Nahdlatul Ulama launches online career center for members
Nahdhalatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia’s largest mass Muslim organization, has launched online career center NUcareer.id to help its member apply for jobs and improve their skills, according to the organization’s officials.
— The Jakarta Post

The Baduys Shut Themselves Off From Outside World
The Baduy, a Sundanese ethnic group whose traditional home is located near Rangkasbitung in the province of Banten, performed the rare Kawalu ritual on Tuesday to shut themselves off from tourists and outsiders until at least the end of next month.
— Jakarta Globe

Driven by peers’ efforts, nutritionist turns COVID-19 volunteer
Nutritionist Lidya Sembiring channeled her grief positively by turning COVID-19 volunteer at the Athlete’s Village Emergency Hospital after witnessing her medical peers on the frontlines and saddened by the demise of a professor she knew.
— Antara News

Four women allegedly beat taxi driver to death after refusing to pay fare
Four women have been arrested and charged in connection to the death of a taxi driver in Bandung regency, West Java.
— The Jakarta Post

 

 

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