Jakarta – 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.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
March 27, 2020
Jakarta – Dozens of Indonesian medical professors have called for "local lockdowns", saying that the government's policy of physical distancing is not "effective".
The call comes after medical workers and scholars in the midst of the fight against COVID-19 have died, while others continued working in dire conditions.
Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) donated Rp 10 billion (US$619,597) to the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) on Friday.
The donation was delivered personally by Kadin Indonesia chairman Rosan P. Roeslani to PMI chairman Jusuf Kalla.
Michael Taylor, Kuala Lumpur (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Indonesia is set to weaken rules on timber products it exports, undermining measures adopted by other countries to fight illegal logging and deforestation, green groups said on Friday.
Nivell Rayda, Jakarta – Mr Imam Riady misses Jakarta's notorious traffic jams. For the motorcycle taxi driver, the city's gridlock was a sign that it was bustling with workers looking for the fastest ride to and from work.
Daniel Boffey, Brussels – An Indonesian man forced to watch his father's summary execution by a Dutch soldier when he was 10 years old has spoken of his gratitude after a court in The Hague ordered the Dutch state to pay compensation to victims of colonial massacres in the 1940s.
Jakarta – The Supreme Court is about to select a new chair following the retirement of Muhammad Hatta Ali at the beginning of April. It is time to reform the Court.
Dion Bisara, Roberth Isidorus, Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Regional areas across Indonesia have been scrambling to close their borders to stop an exodus of informal workers from the capital Jakarta, the epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.
Asip Hasani, Bambang Muryanto and Suherjoko, Blitar, Yogyakarta and Semarang – Authorities in Yogyakarta, Central Java and East Java are scrambling with plans to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease as workers from Greater Jakarta have started returning to their hometowns for early Idul Fitri mudik (exodus), as business had slowed due to the outbreak.
Eisya A. Eloksari, Jakarta – 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.
Jakarta – The government is drafting a regulation (PP) to stipulate the procedures and requirements for imposing regional quarantines, also known as lockdowns, a minister says, as confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to surge in the country.
Jakarta – The Indonesian Military (TNI) has distributed 151,000 pieces of personal protective equipment to 34 provinces across Indonesia to help medical personnel in combating the spread of COVID-19.
Jakarta – Indonesian health authorities have confirmed 1,046 COVID-19 positive cases as of Friday, an increase of 153 from the previous count a day earlier.
The number of fatalities caused by the disease has also risen by nine cases to 87. Meanwhile, the number of people having recovered from COVID-19 has also increased to 46.
Jakarta – Indonesia's coronavirus crisis is far worse than being officially reported and the government's response is "in tatters", the country's doctors association warned Friday (Mar 27) as the death toll climbed to 87.
The world's fourth-most populous country only reported its first confirmed infection this month but by Thursday, that had ballooned to over 1,000.
Indonesian officials have warned citizens not to eat up a clearly fake viral video of a magical talking newborn baby who suggested that eating boiled eggs can help the body resist the novel coronavirus.
At a time when a health crisis has brought out the worst of the online hoaxes, the fact that we have been told not to believe the video below is, frankly, depressing.
March 26, 2020
Yudha Baskoro – The Jakarta provincial government has issued its standard funeral procedures to bury Covid-19 victims.
The procedures will also be used in the burials of suspect coronavirus patients, officially called "patients under observations" (PDP), who die before they could be swab-tested for Covid-19.
Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – For many Indonesians, family is among the first people we turn to for support and comfort when the going gets tough, but as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps more and more people home for work and school, urban migrants in Jakarta have been asked to refrain from returning to their hometowns to prevent the outbreak from spreading farther across the country.
Jakarta – A video showing a family uncovering the shroud of a deceased woman suspected to have been COVID-19-positive in Kolaka regency, Southeast Sulawesi went viral over social media.
The video, uploaded by several users onto Twitter, showed a family carrying the body of the dead patient into a house and later unwrapping the plastic from around it.
Ganug Nugroho Adi, Wonogiri – Families residing in Jakarta have started to pack their bags and return to their home towns, including to Wonogiri, Central Java, despite the government's warning for people not to travel home for Idul Fitri this year so as to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Sausan Atika, Jakarta – The Jakarta Council has agreed to defer the search for Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan's deputy governor until April 6, after the city's COVID-19 state of emergency is set to end.
Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) is ensuring the liquidity in the country's financial system would be sufficient to meet the people's needs in the coming months as massive capital outflows seen in the past several days have begun to decline.
Australia is supporting Timor-Leste to be prepared in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19. The neighbouring country has provided personal protective equipment and medical supplies to protect healthcare workers.
Some say love conquers all, and that may be especially true now during the coronavirus pandemic, as couples in Indonesia proceed with their marriage plans despite the very real possibility of getting infected.
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Environmental experts have warned of a resurgence in illegal logging in Indonesia after the government declared that wood exports would no longer have to comply with a stringent legality check that took a decade to put in place.
Suherdjoko, Semarang – Though the government has yet to decide whether to ban this year's Idul Fitri mudik (exodus), many Jakarta workers have reportedly returned to their hometowns across Java despite warnings against traveling and public gatherings.
Ganug Nugroho Adi, Surakarta, Central Java – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his family gathered on Thursday to pay their final respects to Jokowi's late mother, Sujiatmi Notomiharjo, who was laid to rest at Mundu cemetery in Gondangrejo subdistrict, Karanganyar, Central Java.
Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – Experts are warning the public against panic-buying chloroquine phosphate, an antimalarial drug thought to be a possible treatment for COVID-19, citing the dangerous side effects of the medicine.
Jakarta – The National Police have arrested four individuals allegedly affiliated with the Islamic State-linked Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) terror network in Batang regency, Central Java.
Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – The Trade Ministry has issued a regulation to temporarily scrap all requirements for importing protective gear and medical equipment to reverse the shortages of such items used to treat COVID-19 patients and prevent further spread.
Andi Hajramurni, Makassar – A landslide hit Maulu hamlet in Rembon district, Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi, on Thursday morning, killing a villager and destroying two houses.
Usman Tato, 65, was buried inside his house, which was located on a slope in the village, at around 4 a.m. local time.
Jakarta – The government plans to give financial aid of up to 5 million rupiah (US$306.80) to each macro and small business, as well as to workers in the informal sector, such as those running ride-hailing motorcycle taxis, whose earnings have been hit because of the stay-at-home policy imposed because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
After a long stint abroad working as a waiter on cruise ships, Komang Sudiarta returned to his native Bali in 2005 to find the idyllic Indonesian holiday island swamped with rubbish – endless piles of plastic bags and cigarette butts. He was furious at the sight of trash piled up in temples and blanketing beaches, his favourite haunts as a child.
Dili – The threat posed by the coronavirus (Covid-19) has forced the Catholic Church in Timor-Leste to cancel mass during Easter in the whole country. The decision was made during the Timorese Episcopal Conference (Konferensia Episkopal Timorense – CET) where the papal verdict regarding the Covid-19 crisis was confirmed.
Tara Marchelin, Jakarta – The Trade Ministry's data from 34 provinces are showing a reasonable national average price for staple food, except for sugar and garlic that have shown a significant increase.
The ministry's domestic trade director-general Suhanto said the government will ensure there's enough supply of staple food during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Wahyoe Boediwardhana, Surabaya – The Surabaya District Court has sentenced Ali Shodiqin, the former junior high school principal of the Surabaya State University Labschool (Labschool Unesa) in the East Java capital, to 10 months in prison after it found him guilty of sexually abusing six students.
Jakarta – The Cianjur Police criminal investigation unit has arrested four suspects, identified only by the initials IS, RN, YH and CR, for stealing hundreds of boxes of masks from Pagelaran General Hospital in Cianjur, West Java.
Cianjur Police Chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Juang Andi Priyanto said three of the suspects were employees of the hospital and one was a civil servant.
Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The House of Representatives has postponed COVID-19 testing for lawmakers and their families, which was scheduled for Thursday, following an outpouring of public outrage over the plan.
Jakarta – Working from home takes on a whole new meaning in the fight against graft in Indonesia, with courts moving to the virtual world to hear corruption cases. The trials will also be live-streamed to make them accessible for the general public.
Jakarta – Southeast Asia's largest economy is now projected to grow just 3.6 percent this year, far below the government's original estimate of about 5 percent, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to severely hurt trade and manufacturing over the next six months. according to the think-tank.
Jakarta – The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has called on the National Police not to detain people who insist on holding mass gatherings after being warned against doing so during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Febriana Firdaus in Bali and Rebecca Ratcliffe in Bangkok – It was just last month that Indonesia's coronavirus cases stood at zero, with officials fiercely rejecting suggestions that infections were spreading undetected.
Weeks later, 78 fatalities have now been linked to the virus, the highest number in south-east Asia. Seven health workers are among those who have died.
March 25, 2020
Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – Dozens of patients put under surveillance for COVID-19 crowded the emergency hospital at the Kemayoran athletes village in Central Jakarta after it opened on Monday.
Suherdjoko and Arya Dipa, Jakarta – Indonesian companies have been working to make up for the shortage of protective health equipment for medical workers treating COVID-19 patients.
Jakarta – A total of 470 boxes of surgical masks have reportedly been stolen from Pagelaran General Hospital in Cianjur, West Java.
"When we checked the supply [of masks] for January to March, we found that 470 boxes were gone, 200 of which were supplies for February," director of the hospital Awie Darwizar said on Tuesday as quoted by Antara News Agency.
Jakarta – To protect the economy from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has decided to speed up the disbursement of training funds for workers through the preemployment card program, as well as increase the allowance provided to low-income families.
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – The Financial Services Authority (OJK) will extend loan payment deadlines for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) for up to one year to help them cope with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jakarta – A coalition of civil society groups is calling on the House of Representatives to perform its checks and balances function during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the government's policies are on the right track.
Patrick O'Connor – East Timor recorded its first confirmed COVID-19 virus case on Saturday. The south-east Asian state is among the most impoverished in the world, with only minimal healthcare facilities. If the global pandemic sweeps through the country, there could be mass casualties.
Jeffrey Hutton, Jakarta – On Monday (March 23), Indonesia's Ministry of State Owned Enterprises opened the 1,800-bed Covid-19 Emergency Hospital – repurposed over four days from the athlete's village that had originally been built for the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.
Arya Dipa, Jakarta and Bandung – After receiving medical supplies from China, the country is set to hold COVID-19 tests in Jakarta, West Java and Banten, focusing on vulnerable groups including medical workers.