Indonesia morning news for March 24

Indonesia morning news for March 24

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia Coronavirus Update: 579 Cases, 30 Recovered, 49 Deaths
The Indonesian government spokesman for the coronavirus outbreak mitigation Achmad Yurianto, announced 65 new confirmed cases of the virus disease or COVID-19 on Monday, March 23, 2020.
— Tempo.co

Indonesia produces chloroquine, anti-malaria drug tested as possible treatment for COVID-19
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Monday that Indonesia secured a supply of chloroquine, an anti-malaria drug being tested as a possible form of treatment for COVID-19, as countries scramble to stock drugs and medical supplies to fight the disease.
— The Jakarta Post

Commentary: COVID-19 self-isolation is punishing the poor in Indonesia
People working in informal sectors as online drivers, grocery store assistants and kitchen hands do not have the luxury of working from home, says an observer.
— CNA

Indonesians Told Wedding Parties, Public Seminars Constitute Crime During Pandemic
The National Police on Monday issued a warning against non-essential public gatherings as they increase the chance of coronavirus transmission, saying that any violation could risk a jail term.
— Jakarta Globe

Two patients under surveillance for COVID-19 die in South Sumatra
Two patients under surveillance for COVID-19 at Mohammad Hoesin General Hospital in Palembang, South Sumatra, reportedly died on Monday morning while in isolation.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Indonesia to provide financial incentives for frontline doctors, nurses
As health workers across the country are dealing with dwindling medical supplies because of the recent surge of COVID-19 patients, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said the government would provide financial incentives, on top of protective gear, to ensure their safety and security while they do their jobs.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Nearly 2,000 foreigners seek to stay in Bali as home countries close borders
Hundreds of foreign nationals have packed immigration offices in Bali in recent weeks, requesting to extend their visas as their home countries lock down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

13 Indonesians in Malaysia test positive for COVID-19
Thirteen Indonesian nationals residing in Malaysia have contracted the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of Monday, confirmed the coordinator of Information and Socio-Cultural Affairs at the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur Agung Cahaya Sumirat.
— Antara News

Bandung Deputy Mayor Yana Mulyana Tests Positive for COVID-19
Deputy Mayor of Bandung Yana Mulyana has been tested positive for COVID-19. “I have run test and it comes back positive,” said Yana through a video received by Tempo on Monday, March 23, 2020.
— Tempo.co

Gov’t Cancels Free Eid Homecoming Trip over Coronavirus
The Transportation Ministry officially aborted the plan to provide free Eid homecoming or also known as Lebaran trips this year as an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which predicted to continue until the Islamic holy day.
— Tempo.co

‘Unbridled exploitation’: Mining amendments a boon for Indonesia’s coal industry
The coal industry in Indonesia, one of the world’s top exporters of the fossil fuel, has laid waste to large swaths of forest, polluted waterways, and disenfranchised local communities, observers say.
— Mongabay

World Bank approves $300m loan to improve Indonesia’s financial sector
The World Bank has approved the disbursement of a US$300 million loan to support the development of Indonesia’s financial market by expanding its outreach and broadening the range of products.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Jokowi issues decree on relief budget reallocation, medical supply distribution
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has issued a decree on budget reallocation and “refocusing” mitigation efforts against the spread of COVID-19, according to Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati.
— The Jakarta Post

One-month-old baby tests positive for COVID-19 in Bandung
A 1-month-old baby has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently receiving treatment at Hasan Sadikin Hospital (RSHS) in Bandung, West Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Bandung Deputy Mayor Yana Mulyana Tests Positive for COVID-19
Deputy Mayor of Bandung Yana Mulyana has been tested positive for COVID-19. “I have run test and it comes back positive,” said Yana through a video received by Tempo on Monday, March 23, 2020.
— Tempo.co

Prabowo Says China Offers Help against Coronavirus
Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto said that his Chinese counterpart had offered help to the Indonesian Government to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
— Tempo.co

COVID-19: C. Java hospital produces protective gear for medical workers amid shortages
In response to the shortage of protective health equipment for medical workers treating COVID-19 patients, the Central Java administration has independently produced its own hazmat suits that it will provide to certain medical personnel.
— The Jakarta Post

Massive layoffs loom due to COVID-19
A labor leader has called on the government and companies to promptly take measures to avoid widespread layoffs as COVID-19 threatens workers’ welfare.
— The Jakarta Post

​​​​​​​License requests for Health Ministry jump during COVID-19 pandemic, BKPM says
The Health Ministry ranks second among all ministries currently processing license requests since the COVID-19 pandemic triggered soaring demand for health equipment in Indonesia, according to the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).
— The Jakarta Post

Digital adoption outside Java lags despite adequate infrastructure: Report
Despite available infrastructure in provinces and cities outside Java Island, the digital implementation in those places is still behind their peers on Java, offering abundant opportunity for development in those regions in the coming years.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Gets 12 tons of Covid-19 Medical Equipment from China
A plane from China arrived at Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusuma Airport on Monday, March 23.
— Tempo.co

Coal mining companies demand clarity over whether they can use foreign ships
Indonesian coal mining companies are looking for clarity about a top government official’s vague claim that a Trade Ministry regulation that would have required the companies to only use Indonesian-flagged ships starting May has been revoked.
— The Jakarta Post

Mobile app aims to eliminate fraud in disbursement of subsidized housing loans
The government is using an application called SiKasep to prevent fraud in its subsidized housing loans programs by connecting property developers and prospective homebuyers.
— The Jakarta Post

More Than a Thousand Offices in Jakarta Tell Staff to Work From Home
The Jakarta provincial government said as of Monday a total of 1,512 companies have implemented a “work from home” policy to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in the capital, now seen as the epicenter of the pandemic in Indonesia.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia obtains 150,000 rapid test kits for COVID-19 from China
The Indonesian government has received 150 thousand rapid test kits from China to diagnose coronavirus or COVID-19 in the country, Achmad Yurianto, the government’s spokesman for the handling of COVID-19, stated.
— Antara News

Gojek, Halodoc launch telemedicine service “Check COVID-19”
Gojek and Halodoc, in collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Health, launched an innovative telemedicine service called “Check COVID-19” to help deal with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Indonesia.
— Antara News

Whale stranded in Raja Ampat dies
A whale — measuring 12.3 meters in length and with a chest circumference of four meters — was found stranded in a mangrove area of Wawiyai Village of Kabui Bay in Raja Ampat District, West Papua Province.
— Antara News

Disinfectant fluid sprayed on Indonesia’s C-130 carrying medical cargo
The Indonesian authorities sprayed disinfectant fluid on crew members, medical cargo, cockpit, and cabin of the Indonesian Air Force’s Hercules C-130 on arrival at Raden Sadjad Airbase, Natuna District, Riau Islands Province, from China, Sunday.
— Antara News

Two Malaysian airlines temporarily suspend flights to Aceh: official
Two Malaysian airlines have temporarily ceased flight services on the Aceh-Kuala Lumpur and Aceh-Penang routes following the neighboring country’s nationwide movement restriction order, according to the Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport authority.
— Antara News

TNI’s contribution to handling COVID-19 patients draws praises
A Golkar Party Faction legislator at the House of Representatives lauded the Indonesian Defence Forces (TNI) for deploying its 140 medical team members to help handle COVID-19 patients to be treated at Wisma Atlet.
— Antara News

COVID-19; Medical Officers Set for Incentives up to Rp15 Million
President Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, has promised that medical officers active in handling the COVID-19 outbreak will be given monthly incentives by the government.
— Tempo.co

TNI forms four joint task commands to handle COVID-19 crisis
The Indonesian Military (TNI) has set up four Integrated Joint Task Commands to handle the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, Commander of the Joint Regional Defense Command (Kogabwilhan) I Vice Admiral Yudo Margono stated.
— Antara News

Jokowi Hopes the COVID-19 Wisma Atlet Hospital is Not Needed
Indonesia’s emergency COVID-19 hospital located at the Wisma Atlet Kemayoran (Kemayoran Athletes Village) had just been launched by President Joko “Jokowi“ Widodo on Monday, which in the end is designed to accommodate 24,000 patients but is currently able to treat 3,000 patients.
— Tempo.co

Govt Distributes COVID-19 Protective Gears to Critical Regions
The Indonesian armed forces (TNI) has reportedly distributed 100,000 medical protective gear to prioritized regions with several of them already sent to the Jakarta City Hall as of Sunday.
— Tempo.co

Jakarta Disburses IDR 131 B to Combat Coronavirus Pandemic
Jakarta provincial administration issued an instruction on the recalculation of the 2020 indirect budget spending for the 2020 Regional Budget (APBD) amounting to IDR 131 billion to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
— Tempo.co

Hero’s Award Honored for Medics Who Passed Away to COVID-19
Chief of the Indonesian National Nurses Association (PPNI) Harif Fadhilah has stated that the Indonesian National Nurses Association will give awards to nurses who passed away in the line of duty, amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Tempo.co

Coronavirus Crisis; Govt Urged to Ensure Food Prices Stability
The House of Representatives (DPR) Commission IV member Hamid Noor asserted that the agriculture sector must be prioritized during the current coronavirus outbreak emergency in Indonesia as it is the basic needs of the people.
— Tempo.co

Commuter Line Users Drop 60 Percent amid Coronavirus Emergency
Railway operator PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) recorded that the number of people riding the KRL commuter line services has dramatically dropped for the past week which corresponds to the government’s instruction on social distancing by working remotely from home (WFH).
— Tempo.co

Citilink Sterilizes Fleets Since January to Combat Coronavirus
Garuda Indonesia’s low-cost carrier subsidiary Citilink asserts its commitment to continue periodically disinfect its entire fleet that started since early on January 31, 2020, to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Indonesia.
— Tempo.co

Mall Visits Dropped as Social Distancing Ramps Up,Retailers Adapt
The Jakarta administrations to ramp up social distancing measures through the Introduction of the coronavirus emergency period drove people to remain indoors, which in turn has caused consumers’ spending to be redirected online.
— Tempo.co

Vice President Demands Muslim Clerics Support Covid-19 Mitigation Tactics
Indonesian Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has asked Muslim clerics to support the government’s calls to prevent further spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, including by appealing to them to stop organizing large religious gatherings.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesians must respect COVID-19 protocols: Defense Minister
Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto on Monday urged citizens to respect the protocols laid down by the government to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus disease and continue to work and learn from home.
— Antara News

Police tackle 41 cases of hoaxes spread on COVID-19
The Indonesian Police tackled 41 cases of hoaxes on COVID-19 spread through social media and will continue to conduct cyber patrolling, spokesman of the Indonesian Police Insp. Gen Mohammad Iqbal stated.
— Antara News

Surabaya provides building for isolation of COVID-19 ODP
The Surabaya local government has provided a building for the isolation of people under surveillance (ODP) exhibiting mild symptoms of COVID-19 in a bid to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.
— Antara News

Surakarta postpones regional elections stages over COVID-19 concerns
The General Elections Commission (KPU) in Surakarta City, Central Java, decided to defer the stages of regional elections to thwart the spread of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as Indonesia is witnessing a rising death toll.
— Antara News

Adaro offers Rp20 billion to facilitate govt in handling COVID-19
Indonesia’s coal miner PT Adaro Energy Tbk has disbursed financial aid of Rp20 billion to assist the government in the fight to contain COVID-19 in the country.
— Antara News

Authorities urged to lock Papua down following first two confirmed COVID-19 cases
The Papuan Customary Council has called on local authorities to limit access to Papua and West Papua following the report of the first two COVID-19 cases in the region on Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post

Maluku to intensify border restrictions after first confirmed COVID-19 case
The Maluku administration is set to tighten all entry points to the province after announcing on Sunday its first confirmed COVID-19 case, a resident who had moved from Bekasi, West Java, to the city of Ambon.
— The Jakarta Post

House, labor unions call on govt, businesses to protect workers from COVID-19
The House of Representatives and labor unions are calling on the government and all companies to take measures to avoid widespread layoffs, especially in sectors that have been impacted by the social distancing practiced to stop COVID-19 from spreading.
— The Jakarta Post

Holy Week celebrations in East Nusa Tenggara canceled over COVID-19 outbreak
A celebration of Holy Week, popularly known as Semana Santa, in the town of Larantuka in East Flores, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian minister calls on stay-at-home citizens to stop illegally streaming movies
Communications and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate has urged people staying at home as per government recommendation not to illegally stream movies online.
— 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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