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March 23, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 23, 2020

Jakarta – The capital city Jakarta, the hardest hit province in Indonesia, has received thousands of pieces of protective clothing from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) to help ensure health workers' safety when handling patients with COVID-19.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - March 23, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The World Bank has approved the disbursement of a US$300 million loan to support the development of Indonesia's financial market by expanding its outreach and broadening the range of products.

News ›› West Papua ›› International Solidarity
ABC Radio National - March 23, 2020

Belinda Lopez for Earshot – In the wake of the Lindt cafe attack in Sydney, a hashtag made its way around the world: #illridewithyou.

The gunman had forced hostages to hold up a flag of the Shahada, the Islamic affirmation of faith, and many Muslims feared a backlash.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Globe - March 23, 2020

Indah Handayani, Jakarta – Tokopedia, one of Indonesia's largest e-commerce platforms, has closed thousands of online stores that have been selling personal protective equipment at stratospheric prices on its marketplace during the Covid-19 pandemic, the company said in a statement on Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 23, 2020

Jakarta – As the number of COVID-19 infections in Indonesia rose to 579 on Monday, Vice President Ma'ruf Amin has called on Muslim clerics to issue fatwas to regulate the special circumstances that Muslims may find themselves in amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Jakarta Post - March 23, 2020

Jakarta – While many Jakartans are staying in their houses and working remotely to curb the novel coronavirus outbreak, home office is not even an option for many other workers in the capital and its satellite cities.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
CNN Indonesia - March 23, 2020

Surabaya – Thousands of people from labour, student and non-government organisations who are part of the East Java Movement Against the Omnibus Law (Getol) have postponed a protest action which was planned to be held on Monday March 23 in order to prevent the spread of the corona virus (Covid-19).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 23, 2020

Hengky Ola Sura, Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara – A celebration of Holy Week, popularly known as Semana Santa, in the town of Larantuka in East Flores, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 23, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – An Indonesian Military (TNI) Hercules C-130 aircraft arrived at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base in East Jakarta on Monday morning after picking up medical equipment from China to help medical personnel working against COVID-19.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Housing & Property
Jakarta Post - March 23, 2020

Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – The government is using an application called SiKasep to prevent fraud in its subsidized housing loans programs by connecting property developers and prospective homebuyers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Indonesia at Melbourne - March 23, 2020

On 23 March, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said that the government would begin using the 2018 Asian Games athletes' village as an emergency hospital to treat the rapidly increasing number of Indonesians infected with Covid-19. At the time of writing, Indonesia had confirmed 514 cases of the infection, and 48 people had died. The numbers will continue to increase.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Tabloid JUBI - March 23, 2020

Benny Mawel, Jayapura – West Papua Liberation Army (TPNPB) challenge the Government of Indonesia to provide access for an independent investigation team investigating perpetrators behind the burning of a church in Tembagapura Sub-district, Mimika Regency, Papua in a press released by TPNPB.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Globe - March 23, 2020

Yustinus Paat, Farouk Arnaz, Jakarta – The National Police on Monday issued a warning against non-essential public gatherings as they increase the chance of coronavirus transmission, saying that any violation could risk a jail term.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - March 23, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya and Arya Dipa, Jakarta and Bandung – Several regions have postponed the preliminary stages of the 2020 regional elections because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The General Elections Commission (KPU) issued a decree on the postponement on Sunday but has not changed the date on which the elections will take place, which is Sept. 23.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Jakarta Post - March 23, 2020

Eisya A. Eloksari, Jakarta – Communications and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate has urged people staying at home as per government recommendation not to illegally stream movies online.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Globe - March 23, 2020

Dina Manafe, Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – The government started delivering personal protective equipment for medical workers on Monday and promised up to $900 in monthly bonuses for doctors, nurses and medical personnel in a move intended to lift the morale of those working in the frontline to treat Covid-19 patients.

March 22, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - March 22, 2020

Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) wants the death penalty for people convicted of corruption during the COVID-19 outbreak, in a stark turnabout from its recent focus on prevention instead of actively pursuing investigations.

According to KPK chairman Firli Bahuri, the agency will be going for the maximum penalty allowed under the law.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 22, 2020

Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has declared a two-week state of emergency in the capital and urged offices to suspend operations as part of COVID-19 containment efforts, but questions persist over whether companies will comply with the directive given the lack of enforcement.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 22, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Apriadi Gunawan and Asip Hasani, Jakarta – The COVID-19 coronavirus has put a massive strain on Indonesia's healthcare system, with reports of inadequate medical supplies and the deaths of hospital workers as patient numbers continue to surge.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - March 22, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – An Indonesian Air Force Hercules C-130 plane left Pudong International Airport in Shanghai early Sunday, carrying 9 tons of medical assistance from China to contain the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Jakarta Post - March 22, 2020

Ni Komang Erviani, Denpasar – Bali's provincial administration is urging tourist destinations on the resort island to suspend their operations over the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 22, 2020

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – If the Indonesian authorities failed to take drastic measures to slow down the spread of COVID-19, the country could have tens of thousands of cases by April, or shortly before Idul the Fitri holiday, scientists have warned.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 22, 2020

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – On Saturday afternoon, Stefania Fanya Magis, her older sister and their two parents put on their best outfits as if they were going to their local church.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - March 22, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – The Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem) has urged the government to postpone some of the procedural formalities in the regional head elections (pilkada) in wake of the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 22, 2020

Suherdjoko, Semarang – Makers of jamu (herbal medicine) in the Wonolopo jamu village in Semarang, Central Java, have started producing a drink they claim can provide protection against COVID-19.

The drink, called Jamu Corona, was concocted based on doctors' suggestions for herbal recipes that can help strengthen the body's immune system against viruses, they said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 22, 2020

Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis has issued an edict announcing that the police will take strict action against people who conduct mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the edict, dated March 19, Idham urged the public to refrain from organizing mass gatherings in public places or private properties.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Reuters - March 22, 2020

Jakarta – Indonesia has turned its "Athlete's Village" built for the 2018 Asian Games into an emergency hospital with a capacity to hold more than 4,000 patients, authorities said on Sunday, as coronavirus cases and deaths in the country rose.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 22, 2020

Margareth S. Aritonang, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's lack of a clear and comprehensive plan to contain the COVID-19 coronavirus has both allies and critics calling for better solutions to avert the deeper crisis of a loss of public confidence.

March 21, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - March 21, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas and Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – The rupiah breached Rp 16,000 against the US dollar on Friday, the weakest since the 1998 crisis, taking its toll on central bank reserves, corporate debt obligations and import-reliant industries as the COVID-19 pandemic prompts an Indonesian asset selloff.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 21, 2020

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's administration must make the case for a lockdown in Indonesia as the COVID-19 pandemic is projected to overrun health systems and put a strain on the economy, which may lead to social unrest, according to a recent report by a London-based business consulting group, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

News ›› East Timor ›› Health & Education
Reuters - March 21, 2020

Dili – East Timor reported its first case of coronavirus, its Ministry of Health said on Saturday, adding that the case was from someone who had just returned from abroad.

The ministry said the patient posed little risk to the public, as he immediately consulted with doctors after showing symptoms of the coronavirus.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 21, 2020

Jakarta – Despite declaring an emergency status over the COVID-19 pandemic, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan needs to step up his game to seriously contain the spread of the disease over concerns that the public may not follow the instructions issued by his office, experts are saying.

News ›› West Papua ›› International Solidarity
Vanuatu Daily Post - March 21, 2020

Len Garae – The Vanuatu West Papua Association and Unification Committee (VWPAUC) Chairman, Pastor Allan Nafuki, has welcomed two new young members into the West Papua Struggle; late Andy Ayamiseba's second born son, Harold Ayamiseba and an Australian, Tom Young.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Straits Times - March 21, 2020

Linda Yulisman, Jakarta – Jakarta residents remained at home on Saturday (March 21), a day after the city's governor declared a state of emergency in the Indonesian capital for the next two weeks to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Literature & The Arts
Tempo - March 21, 2020

Jakarta – Artists should focus on the management and curation of activities at Taman Ismail Marzuki post-revitalization. It's time to end the polemic over the rebuilding of the facility.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 21, 2020

Jakarta – The Jami' Ar-Rahmah mosque located in East Tebet subdistrict in Tebet, South Jakarta, insisted on gathering dozens of local residents for Friday prayer, even though the subdistrict had one confirmed case COVID-19.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Post - March 21, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The House of Representatives has extended its recess period for seven days until March 29 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with Jakarta – which house the House compound – being the hardest-hit area in the country.

The recess period, which started on Feb. 28, was initially scheduled to end on March 22.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Jakarta Post - March 21, 2020

Asip Hasani, Tulungagung, East Java – Tulungagung Police in East Java arrested a fisherman for catching nine long-beaked common dolphins from the sea to be sold to a local fish trader.

The dolphin is included in the list of protected plants and animals in a 2018 environment and forestry ministerial regulation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Globe - March 21, 2020

Yudha Baskoro – The busy Indonesian capital has turned quiet since restrictions on work places and public gatherings were imposed on Friday due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Straits Times - March 21, 2020

Jeffrey Hutton, Jakarta – At the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital in central Jakarta, news that the government is introducing rapid testing for the new coronavirus, which causes the deadly Covid-19, could not have come soon enough.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Nikkei Asian Review - March 21, 2020

Jun Suzuki, Jakarta – Ride-hailing drivers and others working in Indonesia's informal economy have lost work after the government responded this week to the coronavirus pandemic by urging people to work from home if possible.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Military Ties & Arms Trade
UA Wire - March 21, 2020

Indonesia's Deputy Defense Minister Sakti Wahyu Trenggono assured that Jakarta has not canceled the purchase of 11 Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets from Russia.

He denied rumors that the purchase of Su-35 fighter jets from Russia was cancelled because the pressure from US officials. "We have never canceled it," Trenggono said, as quoted by CNN Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Tempo - March 21, 2020

Matthew LoCastro & Diovio Alfath – The UNHCR data says there are about 13,657 persons registered at the UNHCR Indonesia as refugees or asylum seekers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 21, 2020

Jakarta – The government said it was ready to disburse Rp 38 trillion (US$2.3 billion) for social safety net programs to help about 70 million underprivileged citizens cope with the financial impacts of COVID-19.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 21, 2020

Ni Komang Erviani, Denpasar – Balinese authorities have confirmed that a French national who died on the resort island six days ago tested positive for COVID-19 post-mortem.

His body was found on top of a motorcycle on a sidewalk on Jl. Imam Bonjol in Denpasar on Sunday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Globe - March 21, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The Indonesian government warned on Saturday that asymptomatic persons may act as unsuspected carriers of the highly contagious Covid-19 virus, as positive cases jumped by 81 to 450 on Saturday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Straits Times - March 21, 2020

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – Indonesia has estimated the number of people who have had possible contact with Covid-19 suspects to be at more than half a million, as a two-week emergency was declared in its capital Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
South China Morning Post - March 21, 2020

Randy Mulyanto – I Gusti Ngurah Adi Mahendra, the owner of a tour agency in the Indonesian holiday island of Bali, has lost 80 per cent of his income after receiving mass cancellations from clients amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

March 20, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - March 20, 2020

Jakarta – The long search for a figure to fill the Jakarta administration's deputy governor position will be postponed amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in the capital, the city council has said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Women's Rights & Gender
Jakarta Post - March 20, 2020

Jakarta – Talk of sex is still taboo in most parts of predominantly Muslim Indonesia, but over the past few years the country has borne witness to a growing conversation on sexuality led by a younger generation of women.