Indonesia morning news for June 24

Indonesia morning news for June 24

Indonesia morning news

AIIB approves $1 billion loan for Indonesia’s COVID-19 response
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a China-backed multilateral development bank, announced on Tuesday that it had approved a US$1 billion loan to help strengthen Indonesia’s health and economic responses to the COVID-19 crisis.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to Require Public Transport Passengers to Undergo Rapid Test
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said that he is currently discussing the regulation which plans to require passengers of long-haul public transportation to undergo COVID-19 rapid tests.

Beyond Corona: Dengue Fever Cases in Indonesia Nearly Reach 70,000
The Health Ministry said there have been a total of 68,753 cases of dengue fever throughout Indonesia this year.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s latest official COVID-19 figures
The Health Ministry announced 1,051 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 47,896.
— The Jakarta Post

Sumatran tiger killed in suspected poisoning
A Sumatran tiger has been found dead in a suspected poisoning, an Indonesian official said Tuesday (Jun 23), a day after alleged poachers were charged with killing another of the critically endangered big cats in a separate case.

Malaysia-Indonesia travel bubble floated
Plans to establish a travel bubble between Malaysia and Indonesia is being mooted, but the countries’ tourism bodies say that would first necessitate a series of measures to be implemented by both sides.
— TTG Asia

East Java Set to Outnumber Jakarta in Coronavirus Cases
East Java again had the most daily cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday to bring its total number of cases to 10,115, an increase by 258 from a day earlier.
— Jakarta Globe

40-day-old baby dies in East Java after contracting COVID-19 from visitors
A 40-day-old baby died in Tlanakan district, Pamekasan regency, East Java, on Sunday after contracting COVID-19, believed to have been spread by neighbors who visited the newborn weeks ago.
— The Jakarta Post

Bangka Belitung port officials thwart hummingbird smuggling attempt
Officers at Pangkalbalam Port in Pangkalpinang, Bangka Belitung, have foiled an attempt to smuggle hundreds of hummingbirds.
— The Jakarta Post

More Indonesians Die From Covid-19 Abroad as Global Cases Reach 9m
A total of 1084 Indonesians have contracted Covid-19 while abroad and 68 of them have died from the disease, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Monday.
— Jakarta Globe

Law Enforcers to Guard Tourist Sites, Preventing COVID-19 Spread
The Indonesian National Police spokesperson, Inspector General Argo Yuwono announced that the Indonesian military (TNI) and police (Polri) will mobilize personnel to secure and discipline members of the public that do not abide by COVID-19 health protocols in tourist sites.

Indonesian ride-hailing, payments firm Gojek to announce layoffs: Sources
Indonesian ride-hailing and payments firm Gojek is set to announce layoffs this week, sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, although the firm declined immediate comment.
— The Jakarta Post

Travel restriction haunts near-collapse travel agencies in Bali
Bali’s travel agencies association is calling for the island to be reopened to tourists as most of its members only have financial capability to weather the crisis until July.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Calls for Strict Enforcement Against Forest Fires
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in opening today’s limited meeting at the Merdeka Palace asserts that the government must not forget about preventing land and forest fires despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indonesia children at risk as COVID-19 disrupts vaccination drive
More than 80 percent of inoculation programmes in Indonesia have been disrupted by COVID-19, and the government says it is trying to get them back on track, with the health ministry advising provinces on how to continue vaccinating, safely.
— Aljazeera

South Sulawesi’s 60 percent of 70 infected health workers recover
Prof. Dr Syafri Kamsul Arif, spokesperson for the COVID-19 response task force of South Sulawesi Province, confirmed the recovery of 60 percent of the 70 health workers that had contracted the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— Antara News

Bio Farma Set to Produce 2m PCR Tests Kits a Month
Indonesia should soon be able to produce up to two million polymerase chain reaction test kits per month and reduce the country’s dependency on imported kits as the government continues to try to ramp up capacity to trace and test people who have contracted Covid-19.
— Jakarta Globe

Nine missing after Indonesia boat accident
Nine fishermen are missing in Indonesia after their boat capsized off Sumatra island, an official said Tuesday, as poor conditions hamper the search for them.
— The Jakarta Post

Reporting on COVID-19 mass quarantine 500 meters from Sebaru Kecil
Fauzi Lamboka, ANTARA’s journalist covering the Jakarta issue, later accrued information from several sources that Sebaru Kecil, located in the northern area of Seribu Islands, is a two-hour boat trip away from its nearest settlement island.
— Antara News

Indonesia seeks to attract firms departing China
The government has established a special task force to attract businesses leaving China and facilitate their relocation to Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

How Are Indonesia’s Terrorist Groups Weathering the Pandemic?
A group’s ability to exploit the pandemic is confined by their existing structure and resiliency.
— The Diplomat

Strong earthquake shakes eastern Indonesia; no casualties
A strong earthquake has shaken the Gulf of Tomini on the eastern side of Indonesia, but no serious damage or injuries were reported and no tsunami warning is expected
— ABC News

9 Resident Physicians Treated for COVID-19 in Surabaya Hospital
The Dr. Soetomo Regional General Hospital (RSUD) in Surabaya, East Java, is currently treating nine resident physicians of the hospital’s specialist medical education program (PPDS) who were infected with COVID-19 while they were stationed at the hospital.

Indonesia Wants Central Bank to Share More of Stimulus Burden
Indonesia’s government is calling on the nation’s central bank to share a greater burden in responding to the economic hit from the Covid-19 pandemic, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said.
— Bloomberg

Epidemiologist Questions Govt’s Flattening the Curve Challenge
An epidemiologist from the University of Indonesia, Pandu Riono, questioned the plan of the Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian to hold a competition for regional administrations to flatten the curve of Covid-19 cases.

Investment in smelter construction off-target: Energy Ministry
Indonesia expects to miss the investment target of US$3.7 billion for smelter construction in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and hopes to reach the target only in 2021.
— Antara News

Sri Mulyani to Redesign State Budgeting System
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati reported that she planned to redesign the budgeting system of the State Budget (APBN) in 2021.

Bulog to distribute 900,000 tons rice to 10 million families
The State Logistics Agency (Bulog) is prepared to hand out 900 thousand tons of rice under the government’s social assistance program to 10 million beneficiary families nationwide impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Remote Papuan regency records first COVID-19 case
Puncak Jaya regency in the remote Pegunungan Tengah area of Papua reported its first case of COVID-19 on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Murder Convict Who Appears in Gov’t Promotional Video Kills Again While on Parole: Police
Convicted murderer John Refra Kei, who once appeared on a government video to talk about a maximum-security prison in Central Java, was arrested for allegedly ordering gang-style attacks that left at least one person dead on Sunday.
— Jakarta Globe

Govt to overhaul preemployment card program amid irregularities
The government is gearing up to overhaul its preemployment card program to address findings by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) earlier this month on suspected irregularities in the operation of the program.
— The Jakarta Post

BNPB’s Budget Drops Despite Rising Disaster Trend: Doni Monardo
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Head Doni Monardo reported that the disaster trend in Indonesia continued to increase year after year.

COVID-19: PSBB unlikely to be reinstated as Surabaya mayor claims infections on ‘downward trend’
Surabaya, the capital of East Java, continues to defy calls to reinstate large-scale restrictions (PSBB), which were officially lifted earlier this month, despite the continued increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt Lauds Saudi Arabia’s Restricted 2020 Hajj Pilgrimage
The Religious Affairs Minister on Tuesday conveyed its appreciation towards Saudi Arabia’s decision to reopen the 2020 Hajj pilgrimage under a limited quota for Saudi nationals, foreign nationals, and expatriates.

Ministry relies on ‘maritime highway’ amid pandemic
The Transportation Ministry is relying on a long-running sea transportation program – the maritime highway – to support logistics in the country amid disruption induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Ridwan Kamil: It’s Time to Move Centralized Economy from Jakarta
West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil suggested the central government immediately move the country’s economic center from Jakarta to other provinces.

Home Ministry’s Rp 168b new normal video contests sparks outcry
A video contest run by the Home Ministry to promote the so-called new normal has sparked criticism from the public and activists, who have called the initiative costing Rp 168 billion (US$ 11.8 million) unnecessary.
— The Jakarta Post

Arrival of foreign workers triggers protest at Kendari-S Konawe border
Several demonstrators staged a rally at the borders of Kendari city and South Konawe district in Southeast Sulawesi province on Tuesday to protest the planned arrival of 500 foreign workers for a smelter construction project.
— Antara News

Divers Rejoice; Kepulauan Seribu Reopens its Tourism
The Capital City’s Kepulauan Seribu or the Thousand Islands local administration announced that it will start to accept tourists to dive in the plethora of islands within the area.

Ujung Kulon National Park prepares to reopen
The Ujung Kulon National Park (TNUK), which has been categorized as a green zone eco-tourism site, is ready to receive tourists while applying strict protocols to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, said park officials.
— Antara News

Energy ministry expects oil and gas lifting to reach 1.91 million boepd in 2021
The government expects domestic ready-to-use oil and gas production to reach between 1.76 million and 1.91 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) in 2021, as part of macroeconomic assumptions in next year’s draft state budget.
— The Jakarta Post

VP upbeat about rapid development in sharia economy in Indonesia
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin is optimistic of rapid development in sharia economics and finance in Indonesia, particularly following the establishment of the National Sharia Economic and Financial Committee (KNEKS).
— Antara News

Floods isolate three villages in North Konawe, Southeast Sulawesi
Floods have cut off road links to three villages in two sub-districts of North Konawe District in Southeast Sulawesi Province over the last several days.
— Antara News

Kupang Court sends man to jail for consuming marijuana for medical use
The Kupang District Court in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) sentenced Reyndhart Rossy Siahaan, who used marijuana as an alternative medication, to 10 months’ imprisonment on Monday, despite an urge to decriminalize marijuana for medical treatment.
— The Jakarta Post



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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on Day of the Seafarer, June 25.


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