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September 10, 2020

Jakarta Post - September 10, 2020

Jakarta – The Jakarta Health Agency has predicted that the capital city will run out of hospital beds for COVID-19 patients by December if cases continue to increase at the current pace and if no attempts are made increase hospital capacity.

Jakarta Post - September 10, 2020

Jakarta – The government has said that civil servants will be allowed to work from home in compliance with Jakarta's decision to reimpose full large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) starting Monday.

"With the implementation of PSBB, the government's agencies must enact a full working from home policy," Administration and Bureaucracy Reform Minister Tjahjo Kumolo said.

Nikkei Asian Review - September 10, 2020

Erwin Renaldi and Hellena Souisa – Nadi bin Eji has worked in an east Jakarta cemetery since 1997, and has seen a thing or two. But what he has been dealing with since COVID-19 hit is something else. "Last week we buried 201 people with COVID protocols," he told the ABC.

Tempo - September 10, 2020

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) chairman Rosan P. Roeslani said the reinforcement of the total large-scale social restriction (PSBB) policy in Jakarta would put pressure on the industry.

Coconuts Jakarta - September 10, 2020

It's not everyday that a tank plows through motorcycles and a food cart, yet that's exactly what happened in Indonesia today. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident.

Jakarta Globe - September 10, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The daily total of coronavirus cases in Indonesia set a new record on Thursday as Jakarta – the epicenter of the country's outbreak – topped 50,000 cases.

The country added 3,861 cases of the virus for a total of 207,203. The previous daily record was 3,622 cases reported last week.

Jakarta Post - September 10, 2020

Jakarta – Fifty-six personnel of the Indonesian Military (TNI) have been named suspects for alleged involvement in an attack on the Ciracas Police Station in East Jakarta on Aug. 29.

"Fifty are from the Army, while six of them are from the Navy," TNI Military Police chief Maj. Gen. Eddy Rate Muis said during a press conference as reported by kompas.com on Wednesday.

Jakarta Post - September 10, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Indonesia's retail sales fell again in July as consumers were still pessimistic, Bank Indonesia (BI) announced, as economists believe that indicators are showing signs of weak economic recovery in the third quarter this year.

Jakarta Post - September 10, 2020

Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman, Jakarta – The Semarang administration offered investors five infrastructure projects worth a total of Rp 17.13 trillion (US$1.15 billion) in a business forum opened on Wednesday, as it seeks to develop the Central Java capital amid the ongoing health crisis.

Jakarta Post - September 10, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – The ongoing COVID-19 health emergency, which has forced Indonesian sports to postpone a host of major events, should be used as an opportunity to "reinvent" the national sports ecosystem, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has said.

Jakarta Post - September 10, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah – Late Kompas Gramedia cofounder Jakob Oetama was laid to rest in a military funeral at the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery, South Jakarta, on Thursday.

Former vice president Jusuf Kalla acted as the ceremony inspector in a televised ceremony by Kompas TV.

Nikkei Asian Review - September 10, 2020

Erwida Maulia, Jakarta – Indonesia's stock market dropped 5% on Thursday morning, triggering a circuit breaker, after Jakarta Gov. Anies Baswedan's announced the reimposition of wide-ranging restrictions on movement in the Indonesian capital, starting Monday.

Tempo - September 10, 2020

Jakarta – The government's poor handling of the Covid-19 pandemic has played a significant role in the high number of deaths of healthcare workers in Indonesia.

Jakarta Globe - September 10, 2020

Yustinus Paat, Dion Bisara, Jakarta – Jakarta's burial numbers have reached its highest level in more than a decade as the Covid-19 pandemic took its toll in the capital.

Jakarta Post - September 10, 2020

Sausan Atika, Jakarta – The healthcare system in Jakarta is at risk of collapsing as hospitals are reporting "alarming" shortages of beds needed to treat COVID-19 patients.

On Wednesday, Jakarta recorded 1,026 new cases and 17 deaths – bringing the tally to 49,837 confirmed cases, 11,245 of which are active cases. About 4,554 active cases are hospitalized.

Jakarta Post - September 10, 2020

Alya Nurbaiti and Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Several ministers in President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's Cabinet have expressed their concern over Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan's decision to reimpose large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the capital and their possible impact on economic recovery.

Jakarta Post - September 10, 2020

Yunindita Prasidya and Riska Rahman, Jakarta – Indonesian stocks fell 5 percent on Thursday morning following the Jakarta administration's decision to retighten its restrictions, prompting the bourse to halt trading for 30 minutes.

The capital city made the decision to retighten the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) due to the unabating surge in COVID-19 cases.

Jakarta Post - September 10, 2020

Sausan Atika, Jakarta – The healthcare system in Jakarta is on the brink of collapse as medical workers are dying and hospitals have reported "alarming" shortages of beds needed to treat COVID-19 patients, prompting Jakarta to once again partially close down the city.

Jakarta Post - September 10, 2020

Budi Sutrisno and Sausan Atika, Jakarta – Health and transportation experts have said that reimposing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Jakarta will be pointless if such restrictions are not well implemented in other areas, given that mobility across regions remains high.

Jakarta Post - September 10, 2020
Jakarta – A Sumatran elephant was found dead on Wednesday at a community plantation in Pidie regency, Aceh. Aceh Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) head Agus Arianto said he did not yet know the cause the elephant's death.

"The BKSDA's medical team has been dispatched to the location.

Jakarta Post - September 10, 2020

Made Anthony Iswara and Alya Nurbaiti, Jakarta – Indonesia lost one of its journalism heroes on Wednesday through the passing of Jakob Oetama, cofounder of the country's largest media and publishing company, Kompas Gramedia.

Reuters - September 10, 2020

Heru, Asprihanto, Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Jakarta – Jakarta has recorded more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases on average each day this month, with the rising caseload placing considerable strain on hospitals in the world's fourth most populous nation.

Coconuts Jakarta - September 10, 2020

One of the barriers to online learning in Indonesia has been internet access for many less privileged students. While the government has set aside a budget to subsidize mobile data for students, it looks like it wants to equip students with the devices needed for online learning.

September 9, 2020

Energy Voice - September 9, 2020

Damon Evans – East Timor is reassessing its ambitious petroleum development plans, which include the Woodside Petroleum-operated Greater Sunrise project, after discovering the economic analysis behind its proposed schemes is inaccurate.

Tabloid JUBI - September 9, 2020

Arjuna Pademme, Makassar, Jubi – The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) Papua stated the office received a number of reports on human rights violations that allegedly involved soldiers and police officers.

Jakarta Globe - September 9, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Governor Anies Baswedan confirmed on Wednesday that the large-scale social restrictions will be re-imposed in Jakarta in coming days, otherwise all hospitals in the capital city will be overwhelmed within a week.

Jakarta Post - September 9, 2020

Galih Gumelar and Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – Democracy and public health are under threat as the 2020 simultaneous regional elections in 270 regions across Indonesia may emerge as new sources of COVID-19 infections in the country, experts and lawmaker have warned.

Jakarta Post - September 9, 2020

Jakarta – The Yogyakarta administration has found at least 20 cases of COVID-19 transmissions associated with a soto Lamongan (Lamongan traditional chicken soup) food stall.

"We recently found four new additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 from the soto Lamongan stall cluster," Yogyakarta Deputy Mayor Heroe Poerwadi told the press on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.

Jakarta Post - September 9, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – The Jakarta administration is set to hold a special meeting on Wednesday to assess its COVID-19 countermeasures as cases in the capital continue to rise.

"The task force will hold a special meeting to evaluate the latest developments of COVID-19 in Jakarta because the situation is alarming," Governor Anies Baswesdan said on Wednesday.

Jakarta Post - September 9, 2020

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – State-owned electricity giant PLN officially listed Rp 1.88 trillion (US$126.9 million) worth of bonds at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) on Wednesday, as it seeks to fund its operation and expansion amid the pressure of COVID-19 relief schemes on its finances.

Jakarta Post - September 9, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has urged the Social Affairs Ministry and Manpower Ministry to improve data validation for recipients of government social aid and wage subsidies.

Associated Press - September 9, 2020

Edna Tarigan and Victoria Milkom, Jakarta, Indonesia – While Indonesia has recorded more deaths from the coronavirus than any other Southeast Asian country, it also has seen by far the most fatalities among medical workers in the region, leading to concerns about the long-term impact on the nation's fragile healthcare system.

Reuters - September 9, 2020

Jakarta – Indonesia on Tuesday added 12 more companies, including social media firm Twitter and video-conferencing site Zoom, to a list of internet-based businesses that must pay a 10% value-added tax on sales.

In July Indonesia had already announced that Alphabet Inc's Google Asia Pacific, Netflix and Facebook among other tech companies would be liable to VAT.

Jakarta Post - September 9, 2020

Jakarta – Industrial COVID-19 clusters discovered in the Bekasi and Karawang regencies of West Java reached 500 cases on Tuesday, prompting demands for increased testing and tracing.

Jakarta Post - September 9, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The House of Representatives (DPR) has adopted a Constitutional Court (MK) law revision that increases the maximum term for its justices, a sticky issue since it first proposed revising the law.

Jakarta Post - September 9, 2020

Jakarta – The Health Ministry's Health Research and Development Agency (Litbangkes) began large-scale clinical trials of convalescent blood plasma therapy on COVID-19 patients on Tuesday.

Mongabay - September 9, 2020

Basten Gokkon, Jakarta – Proper management of plastic waste is lacking in coastal communities in Indonesia, the No. 2 contributor to the ocean plastic crisis. That's the conclusion of a recently published study, which notes that the use of plastic is increasingly outpacing mitigation efforts.

Jakarta Globe - September 9, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Indonesia has reported 3,307 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours to take the country's total to 203,342, with the surge coming mostly from four worst-affected provinces in Java and Bali, according to the Health Ministry.

The total figure includes 8,336 deaths, 106 more from a day earlier.

Jakarta Post - September 9, 2020

Jakarta – The Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry has urged lawmakers to pass the sexual violence eradication bill into law to fill the country's legal gaps pertaining to sexual violence prevention and mitigation.

Jakarta Post - September 9, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The government's fiscal stimulus programs may need to continue into 2023 if the Indonesian economy and domestic consumption remain weak next year, economists have warned, as concerns mount over the government's ability provide a sufficient number of COVID-19 vaccine doses for citizens.

Jakarta Post - September 9, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – The government has postponed the plan to construct Indonesia's new capital city in East Kalimantan as the country switched its priorities to mitigating the coronavirus pandemic, an official has said.

Jakarta Post - September 9, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) will assist the Health Ministry in setting a price ceiling for COVID-19 swab tests following numerous complaints over the high prices set for the tests in many private facilities.

Jakarta Post - September 9, 2020

Mardika Parama, Jakarta – The government's COVID-19 stimulus package for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) is misguided and hampered by a lack of reliable data, experts have said.

September 8, 2020

Jakarta Post - September 8, 2020

Jakarta – The Probolinggo COVID-19 task force in East Java has ordered dozens of people at Maron Market to get into a hearse containing a casket used for transporting COVID-19 patients' bodies, after they were caught not wearing a mask.

Some 50 sellers and customers took turns to stay in the ambulance for several minutes on Monday as a social punishment.

Jakarta Post - September 8, 2020

Jakarta – The State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry is limiting the number of expert staff members allowed on each SOEs' board of directors after finding that some staffers were paid hundreds of millions of rupiah every month.

Jakarta Post - September 8, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Indonesia's debt has risen significantly this year as the government has ramped up spending to rescue an economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic amid falling state revenue collection.

Jakarta Post - September 8, 2020

Jakarta – The Greater Jakarta LRT serving Jakarta, Bogor, Depok and Bekasi will open to the public in July 2022, property developer and state-owned construction firm PT Adhi Karya has confirmed.

Jakarta Post - September 8, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – Home Minister Tito Karnavian has denied that any COVID-19 transmission clusters have emerged from the ongoing preparations for December's simultaneous regional elections, adding that organizers are enforcing additional protocols to ensure the polls will be safe.

Jakarta Post - September 8, 2020

Jakarta – Thirteen nurses working at the West Sulawesi Regional General Hospital (RSUD) in Mamuju regency have said they were abruptly dismissed from their jobs and are still owed back wages.

Jakarta Post - September 8, 2020

Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman, Jakarta – The government has begun preparing regulations so the omnibus bill on job creation can be implemented within a month after being passed into law, expected to be in October, an official has said.