Indonesia morning news for March 30

Indonesia morning news for March 30

Indonesia morning news

#LockdownOrDie: populous Indonesia under pressure
Indonesia’s government faced increasing calls to tighten restrictions on movement as deaths from the coronavirus rose by 12 to 114 on Sunday in the world’s fourth most populous nation which has so far resisted blanket lockdowns.
— Reuters

Indonesia Records 1,285 Cases, 114 Death Toll from COVID-19
The number of COVID-19 positive cases in Indonesia has continued to increase and reached 1,285 as of Sunday, with 64 patients recovered and 114 died of the disease, the government spokesman for COVID019 handling Achmad Yurianto said.

AirAsia to Halt Flight Services in Indonesia from April 1
AirAsia Indonesia will provisionally halt flight services in Indonesia since April 1, 2020, to stem the risk of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in the country and bolster the government’s efforts to contain its spread.

Indonesia retains its position as SE Asia’s second-largest venture capital market
Indonesia retained its position as the second-largest venture capital market in Southeast Asia as Malaysia remained in third position and Singapore continued to lead the rankings.
— The Jakarta Post

Commentary: Without major intervention, Indonesia could have 71,000 COVID-19 cases by end-April
The transmission of the coronavirus in Indonesia, a country with more than a quarter-billion people, may increase exponentially if the government makes no immediate effort to reduce the spread.

Inflation until fourth week of March touches 0.13 percent: BI
Inflation rate until the fourth week of March 2020 was recorded at 0.13 percent or lower than that recorded in February, according to Bank Indonesia (BI).
— Antara News

Mount Merapi Eruption: Flight Traffic Runs Normal, Govt’ Says
Director-General of Air Transport of the Transportation Ministry Novie Riyanto, ensured that the eruption of Mount Merapi on Friday, March 27, 2020, will not affect flight operations in three airports located within the vicinity of the eruption.

Indonesia facing shortage of 1,500 doctors to contain COVID-19 spread
Indonesia is still facing a dearth of 1,500 doctors, including pulmonologists and anesthetists, and 2,500 nurses to assist health workers currently on the frontline in combating the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— Antara News

Protection of Indonesian nationals abroad remain topmost priority
Safety and protection of Indonesian nationals overseas remains the highest priority of the Government of Indonesia amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi stated while reiterating the authority’s commitment.
— Antara News

Vigilance key to avoid healthcare battle on two fronts
The government, with much of its focus now on battling the COVID-19 outbreak, should remain vigilant in anticipation of dengue fever cases to ease the strain on medical facilities in the country, a health expert has said.
— The Jakarta Post

On the importance of lockdown: lessons from plague control in Java
It has been nearly a month since Indonesia recorded its first novel coronavirus infection, but the authorities are yet to consider a formal nationwide lockdown, even as other countries with a low level of infections have put such measures in place to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
— Antara News

Indonesian start-up to make COVID-19 test kits
An Indonesia-based start-up, Nusantics, is reportedly preparing to make 100,000 COVID-19 test kits.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian government could use TB test kits for COVID-19, doctor says
The Indonesian Society of Respirology (PDPI) has said diagnostic test kits for tuberculosis could be modified and used for COVID-19, but that it is up to the government if it wants to employ the device to fight the deadly disease.
— The Jakarta Post

Anies Baswedan Extends Covid-19 Emergency Period in Jakarta
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan states that COVID-19 emergency period in the capital is extended until April 19, from previously only until April 5.

Jakarta Muslim Gathering Ends with 183 Placed in Quarantine
West Jakarta authorities began to evacuate 183 people from a mosque and send them to the isolation facility on Saturday evening after three of them tested positive for coronavirus during a Muslim gathering.
— Jakarta Globe

COVID-19; Banda Aceh to Impose Partial Lockdown
Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh Province, will impose a partial lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus or COVID-19, as two of its residents have tested positive for the virus infection.

COVID-19;Anies Baswedan Urges Jakarta Residents to Remain in City
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan once again appealed to Jakarta residents to stay in the city and not leave for their hometowns amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

Depok to Propose Local Lockdown to West Java Government
The Depok City administration has learned the possibility to impose regional quarantine and submit the proposal to the West Java Provincial administration, as the number of the COVID-19 infection cases has continued to increase in the city.

Embassies urge citizens to leave Indonesia
Foreign missions in Indonesia are racing against time to get their citizens home before transportation restrictions come into full effect, as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise and concerns over the country’s healthcare capabilities deepen.
— The Jakarta Post

Accidents decline 10% in Jakarta as people work from home
The number of traffic mishaps in Jakarta dropped by 10 percent between March 15 and 21 after the government enforced the work-from-home policy, according to the Traffic Directorate of Jakarta Metropolitan Police.
— Antara News

Passenger ships denied entry to Larantuka Port, East Flores
The East Flores District administration in East Nusa Tenggara has temporarily closed Larantuka Port to passenger ships in a bid to thwart the spread of coronavirus in the eastern region of Flores Island.
— Antara News

COVID-19: Indonesians urged to delay annual tradition of ‘mudik’
The Indonesian Government has urged citizens not to return to their hometowns, or, at least, to delay their travel plans during the Idul Fitri ‘mudik’ season this year in view of the coronavirus outbreak.
— Antara News

Two Indonesians in Singapore recover from COVID-19
Two Indonesian nationals, whose diagnostic testing came positive for COVID-19 infection, have fully recovered and received discharge from the hospital.
— Antara News

PMI Raises Funds to Help Handle COVID-19 Through QRIS
The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) raises humanitarian aid funds for handling the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia through payment methods based on Quick Response Code Indonesia Standard (QRIS)

Indonesian medical workers threaten to stop COVID-19 treatment if protective gear not provided
Medical worker associations in the country have threatened to stop treating COVID-19 patients if the government does not ensure the availability of protective health gear amid a shortage of such equipment.
— The Jakarta Post

Calls mount to suppress increase of basic food prices ahead of Ramadan
Businesspeople and experts are urging the government to control the prices of basic commodities, which have started to increase a month before Ramadan.
— The Jakarta Post

G20 to Raise $4b for Covid-19 Vaccine Development
Countries of the G20 have agreed to raise at least $4 billion in the concerted efforts to accelerate development of the Covid-19 vaccine as over 27,000 people worldwide have died since the outbreak began in the beginning of the year.
— Jakarta Globe

Gov’t Pledges More PPE Amid Growing Concern Among Medical Workers
The Indonesian government needs millions of personal protective equipment, ventilators, and other medical supplies as it anticipates longer-than-expected emergency period due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a senior government official has said.
— Jakarta Globe

5,816 Indonesians Join COVID-19 Volunteer Team
As many as 5,816 people have registered themselves as COVID-19 volunteers since the online registration was opened on Wednesday (3/25)

Mineral-rich Indonesian nuts win over millennials
Nuts native to Indonesia are catching on around the world, with surging exports to countries such as Japan a sign of booming consumption of the mineral-rich food.
— Asian Nikkei Review (paywall)

Indonesian airlines carry out layoffs to cope with COVID-19 pressures
A number of Indonesian airlines have started taking efficiency measures amid challenging times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic by laying off employees, ranging from pilots, flight attendants, technicians to other supporting crew, as reported by the Indonesia National Air Carrier Association (INACA).
— The Jakarta Post

Police dissolves 7,031 mass gatherings to curb COVID-19 spread
The police has dissolved 7,031 mass gatherings across the country following the issuance of the Police Chief’s notice to adhere to the government’s policy on handling COVID-19 transmission, Indonesian Police Chief Gen. Idham Azis stated.
— Antara News

Indonesia calls for support for first UN General Assembly resolution on COVID-19
Amid global calls for a multilateral presence and response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Indonesia and a handful of other countries drafted on Friday a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for global solidarity to fight the outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

Food & Beverage industry hit hardest by COVID-19: Report
The food and beverage (F&B) industry across cities in Indonesia has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic as people opt to stay in rather than going out for meals, data from a payment gateway show.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s net international investment liability position widens
Indonesia’s International Investment Position (IIP) reflected a higher net liability of 30.2 percent of GDP at the end of the fourth quarter of 2019 due to an increase in Foreign Financial Liabilities (FFL).
— Antara News

Indofood, ICBP struggle to maintain efficiency amid greater competition
Food manufacturing giant PT Indofood Sukses Makmur and its subsidiary, processed food company PT Indofood CBP Sukses Makmur (ICBP), are facing a tougher challenge from their competitors, which have begun to cut prices to boost their market share.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to return payments to pilgrims if haj canceled
The Religious Affairs Ministry is considering what to do if this year’s annual haj is canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Two eagles of different species released into wild in West Java
Mount Halimun Salak National Park released two male eagles into the Wates section of the park in West Java on Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Election watchdog calls on Jokowi to postpone regional elections
The Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem) has called on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to issue a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) following the General Elections Commission’s (KPU) decision to postpone several preparatory steps for the simultaneous regional elections due to the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Wildlife agency rescues bear cub ensnared in trap in Riau oil palm plantation
The Riau Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA Riau) has rescued a bear cub that was stuck in a wire trap at an oil palm plantation in Ringin village in Batang Gansal district, Indragiri Hulu regency, Riau.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry, start-ups to help agri traders hit by coronavirus
The Agriculture Ministry is working with start-ups to support suppliers and traders of agricultural products, especially vegetables and fruits, who have been hit hard by order cancellations in wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
— Antara News

Drone deployed to disinfect Surabaya’s Gunung Anyar area
The Surabaya local government in East Java on Thursday used a drone to spray about 700 liters of disinfectant in four villages of the Gunung Anyar subdistrict to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.
— Antara News

Two Jakarta hotels housing 500 COVID-19 medical workers
Two hotels were providing accommodation to 500 medical professionals, including doctors and nurses, on the frontline of the fight against COVID-19 in Jakarta as on Friday, under the arrangement of the provincial government.
— Antara News

Close contact chiefly causes COVID-19 transmission: govt spokesman
Government Spokesman for COVID-19 Handling Achmad Yurianto pointed to close contact being the main causal factor behind the rising number of cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia, reaching 1,046 as of Friday.
— Antara News

1,115 SE Sulawesi residents undergoing COVID-19 monitoring
A total of 1,115 people are currently under monitoring (ODP) over the coronavirus infection, according to the Southeast Sulawesi Task Force of COVID-19 Response.
— Antara News

TNI distributes over 150,000 pieces of protective gear in provinces
The National Military Force (TNI) has distributed 151,000 pieces of protective equipment out of 170,000 in the national stock stored in the Halim Perdana Kusuma Air Force Base in Jakarta.
— Antara News

Basarnas confirms eight untraceable while fishing in Manokwari waters
The National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) Office in Manokwari received a report of eight people having gone missing while fishing in the Manokwari waters in West Papua Province on Friday (March 27).
— Antara News

Indonesian Health Apps Join Forces for Covid-19 Home Consultations
Online health applications have joined government’s coordinated measures to deal with Covid-19 epidemic by providing free home consultations to those in need.
— Jakarta Globe

Covid-19 Pandemic; Tanah Abang Closure Affects Many Sectors
The temporary closure of Tanah Abang wholesale market as a preventive measure in limiting the spread of Covid-19 or coronavirus transmission has affected many, including the businesses, porters, and even public transports in the area.

S. Sumatra Turns Dormitory into Emergency Hospital for COVID-19
The South Sumatra Provincial Administration has turned Jakabaring athletes dormitory into an emergency hospital with 900 rooms to accommodate COVID-19 positive patients, people under monitoring (ODP) and patients under surveillance (PDP).

JKMC: We Must Work Together in Combating Covid-19
Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD), one of the referral hospitals for treating Covid-19 patients, received one million face masks and one million gloves from the presidential staff office and PT Arista Latindo.

Telkomsel Offers Free Access to Data on Official COVID-19 Website
Telkomsel is providing free access to data on the official website for COVID-19 information in a bid to help the public obtain updated and credible information on the pandemic in Indonesia.

Santini Group, Pakarti Yoga Group donate Rp 10b to PMI in battle against COVID-19
The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) donated Rp 10 billion (US$619,597) to the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) on Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

Before coronavirus, the world once fought off smallpox
The whole world is currently battling a new virus strain that causes acute respiratory complications — the novel coronavirus.
— Antara News

Jakarta Military Commander is head of COVID-19 emergency hospital
The Indonesian Task Force for COVID-19 Response has appointed Jakarta’s Military Commander (Pangdam Jaya) Major General Eko Margiyono as head of the newly set-up emergency hospital for treating coronavirus infections in the city.
— Antara News

Istiqlal Mosque receives aid for COVID-19 efforts
The Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta has received aid from several foundations for efforts to check the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
— Antara News

Indonesians should foster “gotong royong” to fight COVID-19: minister
Indonesians should foster the spirit of “gotong royong,” or mutual cooperation, in their daily lives to enable the nation win the fight against the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a cabinet member stated.
— Antara News

Families, health workers face stigma as fear overtakes communities
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created tension and panic in a number of communities in Indonesia as residents scramble to distance themselves from perceived risks of infection.
— 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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