Indonesia morning news for July 7

Indonesia morning news for July 7

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia set to become third virus hotspot in Asia, expert warns
Indonesia will become the third coronavirus epicentre in Asia after China and India, according to one of the country’s top epidemiologists.
— The Sydney Morning Herald

COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 6 — record deaths in Indonesia/ new cases in Philippines
As of 00:45 GMT July 6 there was 67,014 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 2,343, or 3.62 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Tokopedia Files Police Report over Alleged Data Breach
Tokopedia VP corporate communications, Nuraini Razak, on Sunday evening clarified the report suggesting that 91 million of its users’ personal data had been leaked and are able to be freely downloaded.

Indonesia Unveils $40 Billion Bond Scheme to Fund Recovery From Pandemic
Indonesia’s central bank has agreed to buy 574.59 trillion rupiah ($40 billion) of government bonds this year and rebate most of the yield to help fund the economic recovery, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Monday.
— The New York Times

Indonesia reports 70 new coronavirus deaths, 1,209 new cases
Indonesia reported 1,209 new coronavirus infections and 70 new deaths on Monday, its health ministry said.
— The Guardian

Bali to welcome international tourists in September
The Bali provincial administration is preparing to welcome foreign visitors in September following months of international travel restrictions because of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
— The Jakarta Post

Lion Air Lets Go of 2,600 Workers as Pandemic Pressure Intensified
Lion Air Group, Indonesia’s largest airline group by fleet size, has decided to slash 8.9 percent of its workforce to keep the group afloat during the Covid-19 pandemic, the company spokesman said on Monday.
— Jakarta Globe

Exporters to enjoy zero tariff benefit as IA-CEPA takes effect
The Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA- CEPA) took effect on Sunday (July 5), Indonesia’s Trade Minister, Agus Suparmanto, noted in a statement here on Monday.
— Antara News

Coronavirus latest: Bank Indonesia to directly buy government bonds
Bank Indonesia agrees to buy a total of 397 trillion rupiah ($27 billion) in government bonds directly from the finance ministry to fund the nation’s economic recovery program.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Indonesia banks on RCEP
Indonesia is eagerly anticipating the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in November, believing the China-led trade pact could pave the way for more economic activity and a stronger recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

Indonesia Upbeat COVID-19 Case Fatality Rate Will Drop
The government’s spokesman for the COVID-19 mitigation, Achmad Yurianto, admitted the country’s COVID-19 case fatality rate was above the world’s average.

National Police open online application for international driver’s license
The National Police have made it possible for the public to apply for an international driver’s license online and avoid physical contact amid COVID-19 concerns.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Demands Immediate Completion of Emission Reduction Stages
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called for an immediate completion of the reduction stages of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Indonesia lags behind Thailand in attracting Russian tourists
Indonesia is lagging behind neighboring Thailand in attracting tourists from Russia because of limited direct flights and fewer promotional activities, which presents an opportunity for tourism businesses.
— The Jakarta Post

Not Antivirus Necklace, But Eucalyptus Herbal Product: Govt
The Agricultural Research and Development Agency of the Agriculture Ministry clarified the controversy over an antivirus necklace made from eucalyptus that was claimed to have the potential to kill the novel coronavirus that caused the COVID-19.

Charged exchange: PLN electricity billing confusion enters third month
Indonesian households have seen abnormal electricity bills for the third consecutive month, likely a result of the accumulation of monthly charges in state electricity firm PLN’s new payment scheme.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to keep Independence Day celebration modest as COVID-19 rages
Indonesia will celebrate its 75th Independence Day on a smaller scale this year as it is still grappling to contain the spread of COVID-19, said State Secretary Pratikno on Monday (Jul 6).

Hoax stories hamper Indonesia’s Covid-19 fight
These days, Sisa Primashinta’s smartphone pings often and brings her notifications — not about social-media posts or from her chat messages, but about corrections to “information” that she accessed an hour or two earlier.
— Bangkok Post

Party Gone Wrong: Dangdut King’s Impromptu Show Lead to Mass Covid-19 Testing
Dangdut King Rhoma Irama hits the wrong note when singing on stage in front of hundreds of people amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi’s Angry Speech Draws Negative Public Response: LP3ES
The Institute for Social and Economic Research, Education, and Information (LP3ES) reported that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s frustration over some of his ministers’ performance tends to draw negative public response.

Surabaya Hospital Resident Physician Dies of COVID-19 Exposure
The Indonesian Doctors Associaton (IDI) mourns the passing of a resident physician of the Dr. Soetomo General Hospital in Surabaya due to COVID-19.

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

Cabinet’s Performance Improves, Reshuffle Now Irrelevant: Palace
State Secretary Pratikno said the performance of the Indonesia Onward Cabinet ministers had progressed significantly following President Jokowi’s angry speech, thus the option to reshuffle the cabinet was no longer relevant.

Latest COVID-19 Survey Finds Jakartans Unprepared for New Normal
A joint survey by the Social Resilience Lab Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and crowdsourcing platform Lapor Covid19 claims that Jakartans are not ready to enter the new normal phase amidst the pandemic.

Defense budget could be casualty of COVID-19
As it is almost certain the COVID-19 outbreak will put a squeeze on Indonesia’s defense spending, the government must confront the two-pronged challenge of rethinking its defense strategy priorities while also shifting its attention to non-traditional security threats.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt Won’t Raise Commuter Line Capacity Despite Long Lines
The Transportation Ministry ensured it would not increase the capacity of Commuter Line or KRL passengers despite the increasing number of commuters.

Unstable internet, shipment issues: SMEs face uphill battle digitizing business to survive
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Indonesia are battling with challenges ranging from an unstable internet connection and logistics disruptions to financing difficulties and weakening purchasing power as they cope with the COVID-19 crisis, a recent survey shows.
— The Jakarta Post

Transjakarta Electric Bus Fleet to Serve Commercial Route
Following testing phases in 2019 at tourism areas, PT Transportasi Jakarta or Transjakarta is again testing its electric fleet, EV1 electric bus, to serve commercial routes for the next three months.

Indonesia Cuts Back on Fire Protection
Budget cuts caused by the coronavirus crisis have forced Indonesia to reduce fire patrols and protection for some of the world’s most important forests, the environment ministry said recently.
— VOA News

Fortify: Three Survival Tips to Build Financial Resilience
Every crisis, at the time, may feel insurmountable, especially when finances are at stake. If you find yourself in a bind now, take the chance to build in some good habits and work towards your financial fitness.
— Jakarta Globe

Civil Coalition Urges Jokowi to Replace Edhy Prabowo
The People’s Coalition for Fisheries Justice (KIARA) urged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to dismiss or replace Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo as the latter’s policy on lobster exports was considered problematic.

Embassy helps repatriation of 250 citizens from Brunei Darussalam
The Indonesian Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan extended assistance to repatriate 250 migrant workers on the fifth special repatriation flight for Indonesian citizens from Brunei Darussalam amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Ministry ramps up rice production amid farmers’ losses
The government brought forward the rice-planting season this year to ensure sufficient supply, and it now estimates a harvest of 12.5 million to 15 million tons by December.
— The Jakarta Post

Teso Nilo National Park readies strict health protocols for reopening
The management of Teso Nilo National Park (TNTN) in Riau Province is prepping to reopen the park by applying strict health protocols to avert the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— Antara News

Bogor, Cibodas Botanical Gardens reopen to public from July 7
The Bogor and Cibodas Botanical Gardens in Bogor, West Java, will reopen to the public from Tuesday (July 7) after being temporarily closed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Nontariff barriers disadvantage poor people: Think tank
Indonesia’s nontariff barriers on food imports may limit the accessibility and affordability of nutritious foods, which have become increasingly important for poor communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a think tank has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Letting BI supervise banks could backfire, experts warn
Transferring the Financial Services Authority’s (OJK) supervision over banking back to Bank Indonesia (BI) could cause investors to lose confidence in the country, experts have warned.
— The Jakarta Post

Police: Tinombala Squad Not Disbanded until Terrorists Arrested
The Indonesian Police said they will not disband the Tinombala Squad until all members of the East Indonesia Mujahidin (MIT) terror group are captured.

Police Say Menteng Explosion Not an Act of Terror
Central Jakarta Police Precinct Chief, Sr. Comr. Heru Novianto said the explosion in Menteng was not linked to acts of terror.

Universities should apply sciences to combat COVID-19: Minister
Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy has called on universities to lend assistance in combating the COVID-19 pandemic through scientific and academic innovations.
— Antara News

Two dead after boat capsizes in Indonesia
An overloaded fishing boat carrying 28 people capsized in eastern Indonesia, killing at least two children and leaving seven other people missing, an official says.
— 7News

Beauty platform Social Bella secures $58 million funding round
Online beauty marketplace Social Bella has announced that it has closed a US$58 million funding round to support its new business unit and increase its growth in the beauty and personal care sector.
— 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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