Indonesia morning news for July 6

Indonesia morning news for July 6

Indonesia morning news

Covid-19 Deaths Hit New Record as Indonesia Endures Worst Week in the Outbreak
Indonesia reported 82 deaths from coronavirus-related diseases on Sunday, the highest single-day fatalities since the outbreak, to take the total death toll to 3,171, according to the National Covid-19 Task Force
— Jakarta Globe

East Nusa Tenggara lost 22,000 hogs to African swine fever
The African Swine Fever (ASF) has wiped out a hog population of at least 22 thousand in Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara Province, as of June-end 2020, East Nusa Tenggara Animal Husbandry Secretary Frans Samon revealed.
— Antara News

COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 5 — new infections racing in Indonesia & Philippines
As of 00:43 GMT July 5 there was 64,671 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 1,688, or 2.08 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Online Study to Become the Next Normal in Indonesia: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) affirmed that online learning had become part of the new normal and also projected it to become the next normal in Indonesia.

Unilever closes Cikarang factory after workers test positive for COVID-19
Authorities in Bekasi, West Java, have discovered a cluster of COVID-19 cases in a factory run by publicly listed consumer goods giant PT Unilever Indonesia in the Cikarang industrial zone, prompting the temporary closure of the plant.
— The Jakarta Post

Rupiah Slumps Ahead of Hearing on Indonesia’s Debt Monetization
Indonesia’s rupiah sank by the most in two months ahead of a parliamentary hearing on the nation’s debt monetization plan, prompting intervention by the central bank.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia says trade, investment deal with Australia takes effect
An Indonesia-Australia deal that eliminates most trade tariffs between the two nations and aims to open up investment, took effect on Sunday (Jul 5), Indonesia’s Trade Ministry said.

Indonesia: Areas with increased dengue cases are also experiencing high COVID-19 cases
Just like the COVID-19 outbreak, the addition of new cases and deaths from dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) continues. In addition, areas with many dengue cases are also areas with high COVID-19 cases, such as West Java, Lampung, NTT, East Java, Yogyakarta, and South Sulawesi.
— Outbreak News Today

Indonesia to begin work on producing Covid-19 vaccine
Indonesia will start work to produce its own Covid-19 vaccine next year, its national Covid-19 research team head said recently.
— New Straits Times

Jokowi Highlights Endeavors to Get Out of Middle Income Trap
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) shed light on varied efforts to lift Indonesia out of the middle income trap and become a high-income nation.

Indef Suggests Cabinet Reshuffle to Happen Mid-July
Economist from the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) Bima Yudhistira, requested President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to not delay his plan to reshuffle the government cabinet.

Norway to pay Rp812 billion for gas emission reduction in Indonesia
The Government of Norway will for the first time pay up to Rp812.86 billion or 530 million NOK to Indonesia for being able to reduce emissions from deforestation.
— Antara News

UI says it is ready to collaborate with Ministry of Agriculture
The University of Indonesia hinted on Sunday that it was ready to work with the Ministry of Agriculture’s Veterinary Research Agency to conduct animal testing and clinical trials regarding the ministry’s innovation of eucalyptus-based COVID-19 treatment.
— Antara News

Government to offer $62.3b in bonds in H2 to finance coronavirus fight
Indonesia is preparing to offer Rp 900.4 trillion (US$62.35 billion) worth of sovereign debt papers (SBN) in the second half of the year as debt financing swells significantly to fund the country’s coronavirus response.
— The Jakarta Post

Puri Raharja hospital’s president director dies of COVID-19 in Bali
Dr. I Nyoman Sutedja MPH, president director of Puri Raharja Hospital, died of COVID-19 at the University of Udayana’s hospital (PTN Unud) in Bali Province on Saturday night.
— Antara News

New health protocols should be prioritized during local elections
Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian called to give greater importance to applying new health protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic during the local elections scheduled simultaneously across Indonesia in early December of 2020.
— Antara News

After COVID-19, Indonesia to Make Health Sector Crisis-ready
The COVID-19 pandemic, which first emerged in China in late 2019 and then spread rapidly across the globe, has caught many countries unprepared, sparking an unprecedented crisis across the world.

Indonesia’s Labuan Bajo offers free entry to tourist sites to lure visitors amid pandemic
With the pandemic continuing to deter people from leaving the safety of their homes, tourist attractions in Labuan Bajo and other areas outside Komodo National Park in West Manggarai regency in East Nusa Tenggara will offer free entry until July 31.

Ombudsman Suspects Commercialization of Covid-19 Rapid Test
Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian Ombudsman Lely Pelitasari Soebekty said that there are indications of commercialization of Covid-19 rapid test tools.

KCI Asks Commuters to Wear Face Shields
State-owned commuter line operator PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) has advised passengers to wear not only face masks but also face shields, long-sleeve jackets or sleeves, and hand gloves during the transitional large-scale social restrictions or PSBB.

Home Minister hopes 50 percent turnout in December local elections
Minister of Home Affairs Tito Karnavian has expressed his hope that the voter turnout in simultaneous regional head elections (Pilkada), scheduled to be held late this year, will reach at least 50 percent.
— Antara News

ICW reports preemployment program to Indonesian Ombudsman for alleged maladministration
Graft watchdog Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has reported the government’s preemployment card program to the Indonesian Ombudsman for alleged maladministration, urging the institution to open an investigation into it.
— The Jakarta Post

Australians still have a lot of misconceptions about Indonesia. Here are some of them
While more than one million Australians travel to Indonesia annually, a recent poll shows this hasn’t necessarily enhanced people’s knowledge of one of Australia’s closest neighbours.
— ABC News

Turkish Airlines resumes flights to Indonesia
Turkey’s flag carrier resumed flights to Indonesia that were suspended March 20 due to the novel coronavirus.
— Anadolu Agency

Indonesia: Stalled domestic worker bill gains momentum, gives hope
Domestic workers in Indonesia may see a light at the end of the tunnel as lawmakers move to advance a domestic worker protection bill that has been in limbo for over a decade.
— The Star

Indonesia Pursues Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with Serbia
Minister of Law and Human Rights, Yasonna H Laoly, is leading an Indonesian delegation to Beograd on Saturday, to strengthen bilateral ties and pursue mutual legal assistance treaty with Serbia.

Three Suspected Militants Arrested in Central Java
Counter-terror squad Detachment 88 arrested three suspected militants in Central Java in connection to last month’s attack on police officers, a spokesman said on Saturday.
— Jakarta Globe

Antitrust Body’s Decision Against Grab Can Turn Away Foreign Investors: Attorney
The Indonesian antitrust body’s ‘groundless’ decision against Grab Indonesia sets a negative precedent for future foreign investments, the company’s lawyer Hotman Paris Hutapea said in a statement last week.
— Jakarta Globe

Ministry of Manpower Records 5 Provinces with Massive Layoffs
The Ministry of Manpower revealed that there are five provinces that are severely affected by worker layoff.

New Normal: Jasa Marga Sees Higher Turnpike Traffic
As Jakarta enforces the transitional large-scale social restrictions or PSBB toward the new normal era, toll road operator Jasa Marga recorded a hike in traffic volume on its toll roads from June 5-30, 2020.

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake jolts East Java’s Blitar
A 5.3-magnitude earthquake had struck Blitar District in East Java Province on Sunday at around 02.09 a.m. local time but it did not potentially trigger tsunami.
— Antara News

Jakarta Handles Covid-19 with Scientific Approach, Deputy Says
Jakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria said that the policy made by the Jakarta government in handling the Covid-19 pandemic is based on facts and data found in the field.

COVID-19 testing increased in West Papua for new normal era
The West Papua provincial government ramped up COVID-19 testing at public facilities throughout the region as part of the measures in preparing to enter the new normal era.
— Antara News

In a remote area of Papua, a box of instant noodles costs 2 grams of gold
In a remote area of Papua’s Pegunungan Bintang regency, purchasing staple commodities will put a far bigger dent in your wallet than in most other areas of Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Increased PMI demonstrates government’s policy on target: Minister
Indonesia’s Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rising to 39.1 in June demonstrates that the government’s policy for economic recovery was on the right track, particularly for the national industry, Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita stated.
— Antara News

‘It’s not true’: Fatmawati Hospital denies cutting bonuses, salaries of medical workers
Fatmawati General Hospital in South Jakarta has denied news about Idul Fitri holiday bonus (THR) and salary cuts, as reported by The Jakarta Post on May 21.
— The Jakarta Post

Value of assets seized in Jiwasraya case exceed the Rp 16.81 trillion state losses
The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has seized Rp 18.5 trillion (US$ 1.32 million) in assets from six defendants standing trial in the PT Asuransi Jiwasraya corruption and money laundering case.
— The Jakarta Post

Eastspring Paves Way for Indonesians to Invest in Alibaba, Tencent
Indonesian investors have bought close to $2.4 million worth of China equity mutual fund offered by Eastspring Investments Indonesia, one of the country’s largest mutual fund managers, in a quest to squeeze extra return amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

Australia-Indonesia study program ACICIS at risk as pandemic halts funding
Australian resident Joel Backwell, 39, experienced what most Indonesian students go through when he studied art law for a year at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta in 2002.
— The Jakarta Post

Garuda books $120m net loss in Q1 as travel industry hit hard by COVID-19
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia booked a net loss of US$120 million in the first quarter of this year, in stark contrast to profitability achieved last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic hit travel-related industries hard.
— The Jakarta Post

District Head and His Top Councillor Wife Arrested for Alleged Graft
The Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, arrested East Kutai District Head Ismunandar and his wife Encek Firgasih, the speaker of the district legislative council, in a high-profile graft bust at a Jakarta hotel on Thursday evening.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia raises $930m in samurai bonds to fund pandemic response
Indonesia has raised 100 billion yen (US$930 million) from the issuance of five-tranche samurai bonds to help the government cover the fiscal deficit and fund the coronavirus pandemic response, the Finance Ministry announced Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

Angkasa Pura II Explains Strategies to Recover Flight Industry
President Director of airport operator company PT Angkasa Pura II Muhammad Awaluddin, said that the company will apply four strategies to recover the flight industry during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jakarta to Build Prophet History Museum on Ancol Reclaimed Island
Jakarta Secretary Saefullah confirmed that the city administration planned to establish an international historical museum of Prophet Muhammad and Islamic civilization on the reclamation island in Ancol, North Jakarta.

Gorontalo’s flood-affected residents still staying in shelter
A total of 9,415 residents of Gorontalo, whose homes got inundated by flooding that swamped the city recently, are still staying at a temporary shelter.
— Antara News

Planting right crops may prevent elephant-human conflicts: Expert
As elephant-human conflicts continue to be reported in Sumatra amid massive deforestation that prompts the critically endangered species to go to plantations and human settlements to find food, an expert has suggested that planting the right crops may prevent such conflicts.
— 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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