Jakarta – The process of relocating Indonesia's capital city to East Kalimantan is to go on as planned despite the COVID-19 pandemic in the archipelago, the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister has said.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
March 25, 2020
Rizki Fachriansyah and Ary Hermawan, Jakarta – The COVID-19 situation is already bad in Indonesia, which now has the highest death toll in Southeast Asia just a few weeks after declaring itself "virus-free". As of Wednesday, Indonesia had reported 686 cases with 55 deaths.
Benny Mawel and Victor Mambor, Jayapura, Papua – Papua is set to restrict entry into the province both through sea and air travel in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia's easternmost region.
Temboro (East Java) – Only the rider's eyes were visible from behind her black face veil. With a bow in her left hand and an arrow in her right, she cantered her horse towards a target, aimed quickly and let fly. The arrow struck home with a resounding pop.
James Massola and Karuni Rompies – Indonesia is imploring its citizens not to panic and to practise social distancing and self-isolation, as the country's health system strains under the weight of rapidly rising infections.
Agustinus Hari, Markus Makur, Belseran Christ and Benny Mawel, Manado/Ambon/Jayapura – Several churches across Indonesia have decided to cancel their Easter celebrations, planned for the coming weeks, amid the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
Jakarta – Despite various controversies and an allegation of ethical violations, police general Firli Bahuri was selected by the House of Representatives as the new chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the country's leading antigraft agency, last year.
Jakarta – The streets are almost empty, public places deserted and malls quiet in cities and regions across Indonesia as authorities have banned gatherings to wind down the spread of the novel coronavirus that has infected more than 600 people and killed 55 to date.
Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – At least five high-ranking central and regional government officials have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Tuesday.
A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – A notorious joint ministerial decree that regulates the construction of houses of worship may be subject to a judicial review by the Supreme Court after going unchallenged for more than a decade.
Tom Allard, Stanley Widianto, Jakarta – Indonesia has a significant deficit in hospital beds, medical staff and intensive care facilities as health experts warn that it is primed to become a new epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, according to data reviewed by Reuters.
March 24, 2020
Nina Loasana, Jakarta – The Indonesian Metal Workers Federation (FSPMI) urged the government to cut the prices of electricity and fuel to help people amid the weakening economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
James Massola – Indonesia has recorded more than 100 new coronavirus cases in a single day for the first time, while the death toll is rising in south-east Asia's most populous nation.
Antara, Jakarta – Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto on Monday urged citizens to respect the protocols laid down by the government to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and continue to work and learn from home.
Pindad PT is an Indonesian state-owned arms company, producing a wide range of weapons for the Indonesian military, police and security forces, and exporting to a number of other countries in the region. In 2016 the company had just over 2000 employees and revenue of around #100m.
Apriadi Gunawan and Markus Makur, Medan/East Manggarai – Regional hospitals across the nation are bracing for a surge in COVID-19 patients as they face a shortage of doctors and nurses with expertise in respiratory illnesses.
As the number of COVID-19 patients continues to rise – reaching 579 on Monday – the need for medical staff has also grown.
Benny Mawel, Jayapura – An Indonesian Air Force CASA CN A-2909 plane was shot at by a faction of the National Liberation Army of West Papua (TPNPB) while flying over Serambakon district in Pegunungan Bintang regency, Papua, at 4,800 feet on Monday.
The plane, which had taken off from Jayapura, was shot at on Monday at 8:50 a.m. local time.
Tara Marchelin, Jakarta – The Social Affairs Ministry will offer more food aid for 15.2 million poor and vulnerable families this month to help them weather economic shocks from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – As COVID-19 spreads throughout the nation, the 20-second hand-washing routine has echoed across the airwaves and has been religiously inscribed on both conventional and social media.
Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – Three parties outside the government coalition, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the National Mandate Party (PAN) and the Democratic Party are opposing the plan for members of the House of Representatives and their families to be prioritized for COVID-19 tests.
Adrian Wail Akhlas and Riska Rahman, Jakarta – The rupiah fluctuated at around 16,500 per US dollar on Tuesday despite a slight gain after falling sharply to near the 17,000-mark the previous day.
Jakarta – For many who have confronted grief in the face of the death of a loved one, we have at least one thing to be grateful for: being able to be at their bedside so they do not have to die alone.
However, amid the coronavirus pandemic that has wreaked havoc in the world with the number of infections rising rapidly to 400,000 with over 16,000 deaths, this all changes.
Nina Loasana, Jakarta – Greater Jakarta, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia, has remained open to visitors and continued to export the virus across the country, with new provinces reporting cases every day.
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's lack of leadership and failure to respond tactically to the Covid-19 crisis has become increasingly clear over recent weeks. Indonesia now has the highest death rate from coronavirus in the world, suggesting that there are thousands of undetected cases in the community.
Single-use plastic raincoats are all that stand in the way between healthcare professionals and the novel coronavirus in Bogor regency, West Java, as a shortage of standardized protective medical gear in the region is putting those on the frontline of the fight against COVID-19 at serious risk.
Jakarta – Confederation of United Indonesian Workers (KPBI) Deputy Chairperson Jumisih has criticised the plan to carry out rapid tests for the corona virus (Covid-19) on 575 members of the House of Representatives (DPR) and their families this week.
Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Economists have called on the government and businesses to roll out additional stimuli aimed at providing social safety nets, as several communities and workers are expected to feel the pinch of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The government and House of Representatives have agreed to cancel the national exam for elementary, junior high and high school students amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Jakarta – The administration in Bekasi, West Java, has delayed its plan to conduct rapid testing for COVID-19, which was set to be held on Tuesday, as the test kits have yet to arrive
Initially, the Bekasi administration was to conduct the rapid testing at the Patriot Candrabaga Stadium in South Bekasi on Tuesday.
Asip Hasani and Severianus Endi, Tulungagung, East Java/Pontianak, West Kalimantan – Villagers in Wajak Kidul hamlet, which is located some 10 kilometers from Tulungagung regency, East Java, have placed homemade masks around their homes as they believe the objects can protect them from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sausan Atika and Ni Komang Erviani, Jakarta – The COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia has undeniably impacted how religious communities observe their traditions.
On Wednesday, Balinese Hindus will observe Nyepi (Day of Silence), which marks the Balinese New Year and is reserved for self-reflection.
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Ni Komang Erviani and Apriadi Gunawan, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's call to practice social distancing to slow down the spread of COVID-19 is practically impossible to implement in the country's overcrowded correctional facilities, making them particularly vulnerable to the illness.
Fadli, Batam – Riau Islands acting governor Isdianto has urged manufacturing companies operating in the Batam bonded zone in the province to temporarily shut down their factories to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
James Massola, Karuni Rompies and Amilia Rosa – A decision to fast track coronavirus testing for all of Indonesia's 575 politicians and their families has prompted a furious response, as the country struggles to role out testing for the general population.
Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Police tackled 41 cases of hoaxes on COVID-19 spread through social media and will continue to conduct cyber patrolling, spokesman of the Indonesian Police Insp. Gen Mohammad Iqbal stated.
A new company has begun clearing rainforest in an area of Indonesia's easternmost Papua province earmarked to become the world's largest oil palm plantation, in a vast project that has been mired in allegations of lawbreaking.
Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – As many Indonesians have had to make peace with the disconcerting reality of self-quarantining to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease CIVID-19, members of the public have taken to digital crowdfunding to raise funds for various stakeholders involved in the mitigation of the global pandemic.
Yudha Baskoro – Charity organization Dompet Dhuafa installed 1000 disinfection chambers in Jakarta on Tuesday to help curb the spread of Covid-19 in the capital – currently the epicenter of the pandemic in Indonesia.
The disinfection chambers are able to sterilize the human body from germs, bacteria and viruses.
Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – Concerned about spreading COVID-19 from the capital to villages across the country, the Transportation Ministry will not provide any travel assistance this year for people seeking to visit their hometowns for Idul Fitri.
Jakarta – The National Police are set to press criminal charges against those who continue to hold mass gatherings after being warned against doing so amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jakarta – The government has announced that it is providing full medical coverage for COVID-19 patients through the national health insurance provider, the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan).
Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said the decision was made because of BPJS Kesehatan's coverage capacity.
Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) has continued to inject liquidity of up to Rp 300 trillion (US$18.19 billion) into the financial markets and banks to help support the country's crashing currency as foreign investors sell off Indonesian assets over COVID-19 fears.
Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The House of Representatives has urged the government to issue a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to revise the 2020 state budget, expand the budget deficit cap and provide incentives for individual taxpayers to cope with the economic effects of COVID-19.
March 23, 2020
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – As health workers across the country are dealing with dwindling medical supplies because of the recent surge of COVID-19 patients, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said the government would provide financial incentives, on top of protective gear, to ensure their safety and security while they do their jobs.
Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The House of Representatives and labor unions are calling on the government and all companies to take measures to avoid widespread layoffs, especially in sectors that have been impacted by the social distancing practiced to stop COVID-19 from spreading.
Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – Members of the House of Representatives and their families are to be tested first for COVID-19, with or without symptoms, triggering an outpouring of anger on social media.
Anne Barker and Hellena Souisa – Indonesia now has a 9.3 per cent death rate from coronavirus – the highest in the world – after the death toll rose by a quarter at the weekend, to 48 out of a total of 514 confirmed cases.
Riska Rahman, Jakarta – The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) hit yet another circuit breaker on Monday afternoon, with trading temporarily halted for the fifth time this month and prices hitting their lowest levels in eight years as Indonesia recorded more COVID-19 cases.
Suherdjoko, Semarang – In response to the shortage of protective health equipment for medical workers treating COVID-19 patients, the Central Java administration has independently produced its own hazmat suits that it will provide to certain medical personnel.
Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo inspected on Monday a new emergency hospital that the government has converted from the four apartment towers of the Kemayoran Athletes Village in Central Jakarta to handle COVID-19 patients.