Indonesia morning news for May 11

Indonesia morning news for May 11

Indonesia morning newsFitch sees deeper recession, cuts Indonesia’s GDP forecast
Fitch Solutions has forecast Indonesia’s GDP to contract by 1.3 percent this year, compared with 2.8 percent economic growth in its previous projection, as the country is likely to see a slow recovery and remain under lockdown for a prolonged period.
— The Jakarta Post

Soekarno-Hatta Imposes New Health Protocol After 50 Arrived With Covid-19 in Past Month
Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Indonesia’s largest and busiest airport, has imposed a new health protocol for international and domestic flights on Friday after seeing more than 50 people tested positive for Covid-19 arriving in the past month.
— Jakarta Globe

No handwashing for 1 in 5 Indonesians as COVID-19 runs wild
Indonesia is at a critical juncture on how it protects and responds to the needs of its millions of urban poor. It is clear that urban poor populations could disproportionately suffer from—and contribute to—the spread of COVID-19 due to their lack of adequate housing and basic services.
— AEC News Today

Indonesia’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 14,000
Indonesia reported 387 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections on Sunday, a sharp drop from the new high of 533 a day earlier, but remains above the daily average of around 200 cases.
— Jakarta Globe

Covid-19: Indonesia death toll nears 1,000
Indonesia recorded 16 Covid-19 fatalities within the last 24 hours, bringing the country’s death toll to 959.
— New Straits Times

Indonesia Condemns Chinese Company’s ‘Inhumane Treatment’ Against Its Fishermen
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi stated on Sunday that the treatment done by the Chinese fishing company towards around 50 Indonesian crews violates human rights.
— Jakarta Globe

AIIB to offer 1 bln USD loan to Indonesia’s COVID-19 response
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will allocate a total of 1 billion USD in loans to help Indonesia in its COVID-19 response.
— Vietnam Plus

We Can’t Afford to Lose More Doctors, Says Covid-19 Task Force Chief
Indonesia’s coronavirus-related deaths include at least 26 doctors, most of them have treated patients with the disease, the head of the National Covid-19 Task Force has said.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia, Australia to implement comprehensive economic partnership agreement on July 5
Indonesia and Australia have agreed to implement the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) on July 5, according to the Indonesian Trade Ministry.
— The Jakarta Post

Former TNI Chief Djoko Santoso Passes Away
Former chief of the National Defense Forces (TNI) General (ret) Djoko Santoso died at the Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital in Jakarta on Sunday morning.
— Tempo.co

Indonesians told to report to Davao City consulate
As the country grapples with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis, Indonesian nationals, who are living or stranded in Mindanao have, been told to coordinate with the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Davao City to ensure their safety and security.
— Manila Bulletin

Indonesia’s forex reserves surge to US$127.9 billion in April 2020
Indonesia’s foreign exchange reserves swelled to US$127.9 billion at April-end of 2020, from US$121 billion a month earlier, chiefly driven by the government’s issuance of global bonds, according to Bank Indonesia (BI).
— Antara News

Indonesia’s COVID-19 figures ‘moderate’ compared to ASEAN countries: Minister
Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy has claimed that Indonesia recorded only a moderate number of COVID-19 cases compared to other ASEAN countries and said the number continued to go down, dismissing Indonesia’s patchy testing capability and the highest death rate in the region.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Poverty Rate Projected Above 10pct Due to COVID-19
Social Minister Juliari Batubara said the national poverty rate would certainly rise in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Tempo.co

Indonesia Says Plasma Treatment Works in Covid-19 Patients
Plasma transfusions using the blood of Covid-19 survivors have delivered promising results in at least three patients in critical conditions, an Indonesian official has said.
— Jakarta Globe

Govt urged to thoroughly investigate Indonesian seafarers’ deaths
Chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI)’s Advisory Council Din Syamsuddin expected that the government would thoroughly investigate the case of deaths of four Indonesian seafarers working for Chinese fishing vessels, of which three were buried at sea.
— Antara News

Government scraps plan of issuing $30 billion worth of ‘pandemic bonds’
The Finance Ministry has decided to cancel its plan to issue “pandemic bonds”, which were initially prepared as a part of the country’s efforts to fund the COVID-19 response.
— The Jakarta Post

RI Embassy in Seoul Repatriates 14 Crewmen of Long Xin 629 Vessel
The Indonesian Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, confirmed it had sent home 14 Indonesian crewmen of Chinese vessel Long Xin 629 on Friday, May 8.
— Tempo.co

Government warns of more OTGs testing positive for COVID-19
The government spokesman for COVID-19 handling Achmad Yurianto has warned of an increased trend of asymptomatic persons (OTG) testing positive for the coronavirus.
— Antara News

10 medical workers in W Sumatra’s Agam test positive for COVID-19
Ten medical workers in Agam District, West Sumatra Province, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) after coming in close contact with patients contracting COVID-19 infection at several public health service posts (Puskesmas) in the district.
— Antara News

Health Ministry Approves Buol District’s Proposal for PSBB
The Health Ministry has approved a proposal for the application of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Buol District, Central Sulawesi Province, to accelerate the handling of COVID-19 cases in the district.
— Tempo.co

Mimika regent urges Jokowi to close Freeport mine after workers test positive for COVID-19
The regent of Mimika in Papua has urged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to temporarily close a mine in the regency owned by gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia as the number of COVID-19 cases in the area continues to rise.
— The Jakarta Post

Pressure mounts for House to nix ‘unnecessary’ Constitutional Court bill
Legal experts have criticized the House of Representatives for not providing proper justification for a plan to amend the 2011 Constitutional Court Law, arguing lawmakers have failed to follow correct legislative procedures.
— The Jakarta Post

30,000 Indonesian Migrant Workers in 54 Countries to Return Home
Chief of Agency for the Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BP2MI) Benny Rhamdani predicted the repatriation of 34,300 Indonesian workers to occur in the May-June 2020 period.
— Tempo.co

Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital Treats 23 New COVID-19 Inpatients
The Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital in Kemayoran on Saturday morning treated a total of 662 inpatients, rising from 23 on the previous day.
— Tempo.co

‘Zero tolerance’: Australian university, govt ‘aware’ of sexual abuse allegations against student
The University of Melbourne has stated that it has zero tolerance toward inappropriate behavior, a representative from the university said on Saturday in response to allegations against Ibrahim Malik, a student finishing his master’s degree at the university’s Melbourne School of Design who has been accused of sexual violence by at least 30 women in Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Former Garuda boss sentenced to eight years for bribery, money laundering
The Jakarta Corruption Court has sentenced Emirsyah Satar to eight years in prison after finding the former president director of Garuda Indonesia guilty of accepting Rp 49.3 billion (US$3.4 million) in bribes and laundering Rp 87.5 billion related to aircraft procurement.
— The Jakarta Post

GBK tops ranking for most favorite stadium in Southeast Asia
The Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Stadium in Senayan, Central Jakarta, was named the most favorite stadium in Southeast Asia after securing the highest number of votes, according to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
— Antara News

11 Indonesian migrant workers test positive for COVID-19 upon return from Italy
Eleven inbound travelers from Italy tested positive for the coronavirus through rapid testing at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Garuda to seek restructuring of US$500mil Islamic bonds
Indoinesia’s national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia will seek to restructure US$500mil of Islamic bonds due to mature next month, the deputy of the state-owned enterprises ministry has announced.
— The Star

Ineffective recycling compounds Indonesia’s marine waste problem
Indonesia has been in hot water over its contribution to marine waste since 2015, when a report by researcher Jenna Jambeck ranked Indonesia as the world’s second-worst marine plastic polluter for allowing about 1.29 million tons of plastic waste to enter the ocean in 2010 as a result of improper waste management.
— The Jakarta Post

Government Pays $1.5m Down Payment for Covid-19 Patients’ Medical Treatment
The government has paid close to $1.5 million in down payments for treatments of 931 Covid-19 patients’ medical treatment in 82 hospitals across Indonesia, as part of an effort to ensure the hospitals have enough cash for their operation during the pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

Lion Air Group Moves Operation at Soekarno-Hatta Terminal
Lion Air Group airlines, namely Lion Air, Batik Air, and Wings Air, will resume the operation of passengers’ flights on Sunday, May 10, with the new adjustment in the departure and arrival terminals at Soekarno-Hatta Airport.
— Tempo.co

Surabaya increases hopsitals’ capacity to treat COVID-19 patients
The Surabaya City administration has increased hospitals’ capacity to treat patients contracted COVID-19 and prepared 265 hotel rooms for isolation of people under surveillance (ODP).
— Antara News

E Kalimantan’s 12 health workers suspected to have contracted COVID-19
A total of 12 health workers in North Penajam Paser District, East Kalimantan Province, are suspected to have been exposed to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in keeping with which they have been advised rest.
— Antara News

Nearly 40 thousand train passengers cancel tickets amid COVID-19
State-owned railway operator PT KAI’s Regional Operation (DAOP) 6 in Yogyakarta recorded that almost 40 thousand passengers cancelled tickets for trips from April to early May to contain the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) transmission.
— Antara News

YouTube prankster who gave garbage-filled ‘aid’ packages to transwomen abused in jail
A video showing YouTube prankster Ferdian Paleka — who was arrested on Friday for giving out “aid” packages filled with garbage to transwomen — being abused by fellow detainees in a West Java jail has gone viral over the weekend.
— The Jakarta Post

Labor groups demand financial transparency after government allows holiday bonus delay
A recent Manpower Ministry circular on holiday bonuses (THR) may violate workers’ rights as it gives grounds for businesses to defer bonus payments, critics have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Zoos Start Fundraising to Feed Animals During Covid-19
Over 50 zoos in Indonesia are in dire need of donations as Covid-19 hit reduces the zoo’s income, putting its animals, including the endangered species at risk of dying.
— Jakarta Globe

Distribution disruption hurts thousands of NTT fishermen
Fishermen in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) have suffered a major decline in their income not only because of smaller fish catches but also as a result of a fall in prices because of distribution disruption caused by emergency measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, a survey says.
— The Jakarta Post

Consumer spending to contract in 2020 as pessimism takes hold
Indonesia’s household spending is expected to contract this year as consumers turn pessimistic amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted businesses and wiped out jobs.
— The Jakarta Post

Two-thirds of West Java residents need COVID-19 assistance: Governor
Two-thirds of West Java’s population is in need of state assistance due to the socio-economic impact of the novel coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, said Governor M Ridwan Kamil.
— Antara News

Surabaya to Not Extend Driving Permits of PSBB Violators
The East Java provincial government has threatened it would not extend the driving licenses of drivers and motorists for another six months if they violate large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Greater Surabaya.
— Tempo.co

No new coronavirus case reported in Bogor in one week
Bogor City in West Java has not registered any confirmed case of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the past week, a spokesperson said.
— Antara News

National Police Chief inaugurates nine provincial police chiefs
National Police Chief General Idham Azis inaugurated nine new chiefs of provincial police during a limited ceremony held on Friday amid a state of emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Tegal reports zero COVID-19 cases, thanks to PSBB: Mayor
Large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Tegal city, Central Java, which have been implemented for more than two weeks, are being hailed for successfully breaking the COVID-19 transmission chain as the city has not reported any new cases.
— The Jakarta Post

KKP distributes 136-ton feed to boost fish farming amid pandemic
The Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) Ministry distributed 136 tons of fish feed from March to May this year to fish farmers in 24 Indonesian cities to boost fish production amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Pupuk Indonesia fertilizer production hit record high in 2019
State-owned fertilizer producer PT Pupuk Indonesia (Persero) has recorded the highest fertilizer production in history, at 11,838,451 tons, in 2019, or 101.84 percent of its targeted 11,625,000 tons.
— Antara News

Olympic medalist admits to delivering bribes to former sports minister
Taufik Hidayat, a retired Indonesian shuttler who took home a gold medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics, has admitted to acting as an intermediary in an alleged bribery case implicating former youth and sports minister Imam Nahrawi.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Our data is secure’: Bukalapak denies reports of user data breach
Homegrown e-commerce platform Bukapalak has denied reports that the data of millions of its users were compromised and sold on the dark web, only days after e-commerce unicorn Tokopedia was reported to have faced an internal system breach.
— The Jakarta Post

NTT sends PPE to Aeramo Hospital engulfed in flames
The East Nusa Tenggara has sent medical supplies, including personal protective equipment (PPE), to Aeramo Mbay local hospital in Nagekeo District of Flores Island, after fire engulfed the hospital’s warehouse and destroyed its medical supply on Saturday (May 9).
— Antara News

Flooding in Aceh Besar leaves hundreds of residents displaced
Floods in Darul Imarah Sub-district, Aceh Besar District, Aceh Province, drove the displacement of hundreds of residents, Aceh Besar District Head Mawardi Ali stated here on Friday night.
— Antara News

Halal food rising in popularity amid COVID-19 pandemic, reports indicate
Halal food is rising in popularity as people turn to religious practices for comfort during this time of heightened uncertainty and anxiety, reports have shown.
— The Jakarta Post

Trade Ministry to emulate C Java’s traditional market rearrangement
The Trade Ministry will take a cue from the Central Java provincial administration’s move to widen the space between traders at the traditional market to contain COVID-19 transmission and enforce the policy nationwide.
— Antara News

Taman Safari Indonesia names newborn Sumatran elephant Covid
Taman Safari Indonesia in Bogor, West Java, has welcomed a newborn male Sumatran elephant to its park.
— The Jakarta Post

East Nusa Tenggara teachers deliver graduation letters to students amid campus closure
A headmaster and teachers of SMA 3 state high school in Borong, East Nusa Tenggara, traveled as far as 30 kilometers on their motorcycles to deliver high school graduation letters for seniors amid campus closures because of COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

PWI, Madura United FC distribute 600 aid packages to locals
The Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI)-Pamekasan Chapter, Madura United Football Club, and Madura’s Care for Indonesia Foundation (YMPI) donated 600 aid packages to local residents ailing from the impact of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Antara News

University student in Sulawesi dies after falling while searching for internet signal
Rudi Salam, 25, a student from Hasanuddin University in Makassar, South Sulawesi, died after falling off a two-story mosque in his hometown of Sinjai while searching for internet connection.
— The Jakarta Post

Court sentences underage ‘anarcho-syndicalists’ to four months in jail
Tangerang District Court in Banten has sentenced two underage members of a so-called anarcho-syndicalist group to four months in prison despite attempts to get them noncustodial sentences.
— The Jakarta Post

‘A place of fond memories’: Flagship McDonald’s store in Jakarta’s Sarinah bids farewell
Indonesia’s first McDonald’s restaurant in the Sarinah shopping center in Central Jakarta, which for years has been an icon for urbanites in the capital, will permanently shut its doors this Sunday after nearly three decades in business.
— The Jakarta Post

 

 

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