Indonesia morning news for May 7

Indonesia morning news for May 7

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia to resume transport operations even as it maintains ban on Hari Raya exodus
Trains, buses, planes and ships in Indonesia will resume operations from Thursday (May 7), weeks earlier than planned, even as the country maintains its ban on the annual exodus ahead of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
— Straits Times

Indonesia reports 367 new COVID-19 cases, 23 deaths
Indonesia reported 367 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday (May 6), taking the total to 12,438, said health ministry official Achmad Yurianto.

Indonesia warns on COVID-19 poverty setback as regional elections postponed
COVID-19 has set Indonesia’s poverty eradication efforts back by a decade, its finance minister said on Wednesday, after regional elections were postponed amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.
— Reuters

Coronavirus Outbreak at Philip Morris Tobacco Plant in Java
More than 60 workers at a factory run by the Indonesian unit of U.S. tobacco giant Philip Morris have tested positive for the coronavirus after operations were suspended when two staff died from COVID-19, a provincial government official said.
— The New York Times

Recent activities in the South China Sea may escalate tensions amid COVID-19 pandemic: Indonesia foreign minister
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has expressed concern over recent activities in the South China Sea, noting that they may potentially escalate tensions at a time when global collective effort is vital in fighting COVID-19.

Tangerang PSBB, Plastic Booths to be Required for Market Vendors
Tangerang Mayor Arief R. Wirmansyah has warned that all shops and market vendors will be required to utilize plastic booths to prevent COVID-19 transmission.

President cautions of food crop sub-sector contracting in Q1 2020
President Joko Widodo expressed concern over the contraction in several sub-sectors, including food crops, thereby contributing negatively to the country’s economic growth in the first quarter (Q1) of 2020.
— Antara News

Livelihoods hit by COVID-19, Indonesian mural artists channel efforts towards positive messages
Ray Andree had thought that the month of March would be the busiest time of the year for Indonesian mural artists like him.

Italy and Indonesia sign Memorandum for Agricultural Cooperation
The objective of the Memorandum of Understanding signed on January 20th by Ministers Teresa Bellanova and Syahrul Yasin Limpo at Salone Agricoltura of the Ministry for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policy is to bring Indonesia and Italy closer when it comes to agriculture, rural development and food processing.
— Fresh Plaza

Indonesia Delays Bringing 500 Workers from China
The Indonesian Ministry of Manpower postponed plans to bring in 500 foreign workers from China to Konawe, Southeast Sulawesi.

Thousands of Foreign Tourists Repatriated From Bali as More Indonesian Ship Crew Arrive Home
Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport has been used by foreign governments to repatriate their citizens from Indonesia during the pandemic and has also received flights carrying Indonesians returning from overseas, state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I Corporate Secretary Handy Heryudhitiawan said on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Govt Prepares Coronavirus Economic Stimulus Packages
The government said on Tuesday that it is preparing stimulus packages to save the national economy from slowing any further in the middle of a global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

COVID-19: Number of foreign nationals testing positive drops to 92
As many as 92 foreign nationals in Indonesia have tested positive for COVID-19, 314 are under surveillance, while 164 have recovered from the infection as of May 5, 2020, the Foreign Ministry reported.
— Antara News

Imported garlic to enter Indonesian markets this month
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto, said about 78,000 tons of imported garlic will enter the domestic markets this month to meet the demand and stabilize prices during Ramadhan and in the run up to the festival of Idul Fitri (Eid al-Fitr).
— Fresh Plaza

COVID-19: Indonesia to make exceptions for inter-city travel despite ban on Idul Fitri exodus
Indonesia will resume inter-city commercial flights, trains and buses for certain travellers on Thursday (May 7), less than two weeks after the government announced a blanket ban on domestic travel to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Korean firm donates test kits worth Rp1.2 billion to BNPB
South Korean company PT Korea Tomorrow & Global Indonesia (KT&G) donated COVID-19 test kits worth Rp1.2 billion to the Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) to help stem the transmission of coronavirus.
— Antara News

Adult female anoa, two calves die at breeding facility in North Sulawesi
The North Sulawesi Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) has revealed the death of a female anoa ‒ an endangered animal native to Sulawesi ‒ and two baby anoas in March at the government-run Anoa Breeding Centre in Manado, North Sulawesi.
— The Jakarta Post

Five health workers in Agam, West Sumatra, contract COVID-19
Five health workers in Agam District, West Sumatra Province, tested positive for COVID-19 after coming in contact with an infected patient, identified by the initials as AG.
— Antara News

House grills Health Ministry over red tape in ventilator production
The House of Representatives has slammed the Health Ministry for slowing down the development of ventilators done by the Research and Technology Ministry’s COVID-19 research consortium to help meet skyrocketing demand during the outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

Most Indonesians concerned about overcapacity at health facilities during pandemic: Survey
A recent survey conducted by several NGOs suggests that the vast majority of Indonesians are concerned about overcapacity at medical facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia
A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake jolted Indonesia’s Maluku province on Wednesday, the country’s meteorological agency said.
— Anadolu Agency

Indonesia to discuss how to continue biodiesel program amid falling fuel prices
Indonesia’s ministry of economic affairs is set to discuss how the country will continue its ambitious biodiesel programme, a ministry official told Reuters on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Return to normal soon in doubt as Indonesian cases jump
Indonesia is struggling to contain hundreds of new daily cases of coronavirus, including its largest single-day rise in infections on Tuesday.
— The Sydney Morning Herald

DPR Urges Govt to Mass-produce COVID-19 Test Kits, PPEs
The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) has called on the government to mass-produce COVID-19 equipment, such as diagnostic test kits, ventilators, and personal protective equipment (PPEs).

Expert: Jakarta Must Prevent Possible Second Wave of COVID-19
Epidemiology expert from the University of Indonesia (UI) Dr. Pandu Riono on Tuesday appealed for the government to stop the flow of people entering Jakarta to prevent a second wave of coronavirus (COVID-19) after the city reported a constant gradual drop in new cases.

143 Indonesian crew of Costa Smeralda cruise ship return home
Some 143 of the 253 Indonesian crew members of the Costa Smeralda cruise ship returned home aboard a chartered flight to Jakarta and Denpasar, Wednesday, after the ship docked at Marseille Port since March 15.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Q1 economic performance outshines other nations: Jokowi
Indonesia’s economic growth in the first quarter (Q1) at 2.97 percent year-on-year (yoy) is still relatively good as compared to several countries whose economies contracted, thereby recording negative growth, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated.
— Antara News

Indonesia to revise ‘overall data’ on COVID-19 cases as govt scrambles to ramp up testing
The government is set to revise its data on confirmed and possible coronavirus cases across the country amid efforts to ramp up testing and to get a clearer view on the true scale of the outbreak within the archipelago.
— The Jakarta Post

Coronavirus strain in Indonesia different from those of other countries, govt says
The coronavirus strain that has swept across Indonesia is different from at least three other known SARS-CoV-2 strains affecting the rest of the world, the government has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Accelerates Digital Transformation to Meet Pandemic Demand
Communication and Information Technology Minister Johnny G. Plate said Indonesia is forced to accelerate its digital transformation during the coronavirus pandemic since many people are now stuck at home under large-scale social restrictions and need faster internet to work and study.
— Jakarta Globe

Boy Rafli Amar Inaugurated as Head of Counterterrorism Agency
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Wednesday inaugurated the former National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar as the Head of the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT).

COVID-19 inpatients treated at Jakarta Emergency Hospital drop to 723
The Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital (RSD) in Kemayoran on Wednesday treated 723 inpatients confirmed to have contracted COVID-19, down 50, from 773 on the previous day.
— Antara News

Economic growth reliant on policy to extend PSBB: Finance Minister
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati opined that Indonesia’s economic growth will hinge on the policy to extend large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in several regions.
— Antara News

BI optimistic of rupiah strengthening against US dollar
Bank Indonesia (BI) is buoyant about the rupiah strengthening to below Rp15,000 per US dollar during Wednesday’s trading on the back of several factors, including expectations of the US economy recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Muara Enim Regent Sentenced to 5 Years in Jail
The inactive regent of Muara Enim, Ahmad Yani, was sentenced to 5 years in prison for his involvement in the bribery for various projects in the regency.

Greenpeace Slams Jokowi’s Plan Shift Function of Peatlands
Environmental advocacy group Greenpeace criticized President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo who planned to convert peatlands into rice fields.

Depok Govt Preparing Criminal Sanctions for PSBB Violators
The Depok City Government, West Java, is currently preparing criminal sanctions for violators of the enactment of the Large Scale Social Restriction (PSBB) policy.

Thohir says Indonesia remains attractive for global investors
State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir, on Wednesday, expressed belief that global investors still perceived Indonesia as one of the lucrative countries to invest.
— Antara News

From test kits to robots, Indonesia develops locally made devices to aid COVID-19 battle
As demand for medical devices and innovation grows in virus-hit Indonesia, the Research and Technology Ministry’s consortium for COVID-19 studies has pushed for the development of domestically produced medical equipment, ranging from test kits to robot assistants, to boost the country’s battle against the pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Landslides kill 3, injure 4 in central Indonesia
Three people were killed and four others were wounded as landslides struck West Sulawesi province in the central part of Indonesia, a disaster agency official said on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Australian man found dead in Seminyak hotel room, evacuated using COVID-19 protocols
Authorities are investigating the death of an Australian man who was found dead in his hotel room in Seminyak, Bali, on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesians Tip More Generously During Pandemic: Grab
While the Covid-19 pandemic has hit the economy hard, people are still ordering food and other goods on delivery services and have actually grown more generous toward delivery drivers,
— Jakarta Globe

High-achieving UII student to be stripped of honors after 30 women report him for alleged sexual abuse
As many as 30 female students from the Indonesian Islamic University (UII) in Yogyakarta have come forward and reported IM, an alumni of the school, to the Yogyakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Yogyakarta) for alleged sexual abuse.
— The Jakarta Post



Feature photo Borobudur Park
This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on Vesak Day, May 7.


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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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