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August 10, 2021

Mongabay - August 10, 2021

Sheryl Lee Tian Tong – Picking out the fluty whistle of a Sulawesi babbler (Pellorneum celebense) is easy. Spotting it is far more difficult: these shy and diminutive birds, endemic to the forests of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, spend their days flitting about the understory, where their brown plumages allow them to blend discreetly into the environment.

Tempo - August 10, 2021

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – Director of the Center of Economic and Law Studies (Celios) Bhima Yudhistira Adhinegara responded to the government's policy on the opening of shopping malls during the extended PPKM Level 4 on August 10-16, 2021. This, however, was limited to four cities, namely Jakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, and Bandung.

Reuters - August 10, 2021

Jakarta – The government has extended its COVID-19 curbs on Java and Bali until Aug. 16, but will ease them in 26 areas, as official data showed infections have plunged in the capital Jakarta but are increasing elsewhere.

UCA News - August 10, 2021

Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta – The Indonesian government has decided to extend Covid-19 social restrictions across Java and Bali islands until Aug. 16 to curb the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.

The lockdowns began on the two islands on July 3 and were extended twice before this latest extension.

Tempo - August 10, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – The Jakarta Provincial Government has raised the Covid-19 vaccination target to 11 million people from the previous 8.8 million. "We are raising the target to ensure that all residents in Jakarta get the vaccine," said Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria in Jakarta, Tuesday, August 19.

Straits Times - August 10, 2021

Dili (Reuters) – Timor Leste has recorded its first case of community transmission of the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus, raising concerns by its health ministry about a possible spike.

Tempo - August 10, 2021

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Indonesian anti-corruption community (MAKI) and the Law Enforcement Monitoring Institute (LP3HI) filed a lawsuit against House of Representatives (DPR) Speaker Puan Maharani at the Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN).

August 9, 2021

Tempo - August 9, 2021

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – The Health Ministry revealed that the hospital bed occupancy rate (BOR) for Covid-19 patients in Java and Bali continued to improve. Based on the ministry's data as of Sunday, August 8, only three regions in Java and Bali recorded high rates, viz. Bali, Yogyakarta, and East Java.

Jakarta Globe - August 9, 2021

Carlos Ky Paath, Jakarta – The Indonesian government offers opportunities for athletes who won medals in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to become civil servants.

The offer is meant as appreciation to those athletes who also will receive billions of rupiah in bonuses from the government and private institutions, a minister said on Monday.

Nikkei Asia - August 9, 2021

Ian Lloyd Neubauer, Jakarta – With undeniably dreamy backdrops and colorful local culture, the Indonesian island of Bali has lured foreign filmmakers for nearly as long as there has been film.

ABC News - August 9, 2021

Hellena Souisa – After catching the coronavirus, Jenny Mikha was faced with a choice: go out on the streets to find food, and infect more people, or starve.

Like many of Indonesia's marginalised and stigmatised waria (transgender women), Ms Mikha didn't have a family network to support her while she was sick last month.

Jakarta Globe - August 9, 2021

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Indonesia recorded the lowest number of newly Covid-19 cases since June 30 as the extended lockdown across Java and Bali entered the final day on Monday.

There have been 20,709 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the country's overall tally to 3,686,740, government figures show.

Tempo - August 9, 2021

Bisnis, Jakarta – Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia booked an income of US$353.07 million or around Rp5.1 trillion (with an assumed exchange rate of Rp14,353 per US dollar). The value dropped by 54.03 percent, compared to the previous US$768.12 million, year-on-year

Tempo - August 9, 2021

Syailendra Persada, Jakarta – The head of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP)'s general election campaign team, Bambang Wuryanto, has denied allegations that the installation of billboard posters showcasing House Speaker and daughter of PDIP chairperson Puan Maharani is a head start on the party's campaign for the 2024 general elections.

Straits Times - August 9, 2021

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – Indonesia's capital Jakarta is set to ease Covid-19 curbs from Tuesday (Aug 10), allowing shopping malls and restaurants in the city to reopen with limited capacity as the numbers of confirmed cases and hospital admissions continue to fall.

Economic Times - August 9, 2021

Gayatri Suroyo Jakarta (Reuters) – Indonesia launched on Monday a website to process investment permits, which the government hailed as an important milestone in reforms aimed at making it easier and quicker to do business in Southeast Asia's largest economy.

Suara Papua - August 9, 2021

Jayapura – The West Papua National Committee (KNPB) is urging the Papua regional police and the Papua chief public prosecutor to immediately release Papuan activist Victor F Yeimo because there is no legal basis for his detention and his health has been deteriorating since his arrest on May 9.

Coconuts Jakarta - August 9, 2021

The long-awaited Formula E race in Jakarta, which had been delayed due to COVID-19, is among the city's priority programs for next year, an official document shows.

Jakarta Globe - August 9, 2021

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The Indonesian government plans stricter measures to limit public mobility and gathering during the raging Covid-19 outbreak by requiring its citizens to show their vaccination status when entering public facilities.

Suara Papua - August 9, 2021

Jayapura – Lawyer and human rights activist Veronica Koman has spoken out about the worsening health of Papua activist Victor F Yeimo who has being detained at the Mobile Brigade command headquarters detention centre (Rutan Mako Brimob) for the last three months.

Tempo - August 9, 2021

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin lifted the rule on the implementation of the Gotong Royong Covid-19 vaccine program for individuals. This was noted in the Health Ministerial Regulation No. 23/2021 concerning the vaccination in order to contain the Covid-19 pandemic which was inked on July 28, 2021.

Tempo - August 9, 2021

Muhammad Hendartyo, Jakarta – Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said the government was still revising the environmental impact analysis (Amdal) documents of the Integrated Tourism Master Plan (ITMP) of the Komodo National Park for immediate submission to UNESCO.

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Al Jazeera - August 9, 2021

Aisyah Llewellyn, Medan, Indonesia – It was the evening after the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha on July 20 when Hambal M Zain began to run a fever.

The 61-year-old coffee shop owner, who lives in the city of Banda Aceh in the northwestern Aceh Province, thought little of it at the time and in the days that followed the fever subsided and Zain went back to work as usual.

UCA News - August 9, 2021

Konradus Epa, Jakarta – The mayor of the Indonesian city of Bogor has issued and presented a building permit to a Protestant church in a bid to end a 15-year legal dispute that began when its original permit was revoked.

Coconuts Jakarta - August 9, 2021

Police in Bogor, West Java have launched an investigation into allegations that lenders forcibly took a woman's grandkids as collateral after her debt for medical bills mounted.

August 8, 2021

Kompas.com - August 8, 2021

Achmad Nasrudin Yahya, Jakarta – The results of a survey by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) show that the majority or around 60 percent of respondents believe that corruption in Indonesia has worsened over the last two years.

Kompas.com - August 8, 2021

uAchmad Nasrudin Yahya, Jakarta – Based on the results of a survey by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI), the issue of corruption is of most concern to the public among the string of problems the country is currently facing.

ABC News - August 8, 2021

Anne Barker and Lucia Stein – Experts fear Indonesia, considered one of the world's COVID-19 epicentres, is now a high-risk "hotspot" for the emergence of a new coronavirus "super strain".

An alarming second wave in the country has been largely fuelled by the highly infectious Delta variant, which was first identified in India's out-of-control outbreak.

August 7, 2021

Jakarta Post - August 7, 2021

Jakarta – Family members of late Aceh businessman Akidi Tio had initially drawn praise after they made a Rp 2 trillion (US$139 million) donation for COVID-19 mitigation efforts in South Sumatra.

Straits Times - August 7, 2021

Linda Yulisman, Jakarta – Eight-year-old Alviano Dava Raharjo knew that his parents had been admitted to hospital in West Kutai, East Kalimantan, but he was puzzled why they had not come home yet.

Straits Times - August 7, 2021

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – A study has shown that Sinovac's Covid-19 vaccine CoronaVac is 85 per cent effective against symptomatic illness and 92 per cent against hospitalisation among the elderly in Jakarta, the Indonesian government said on Friday (Aug 6) night.

August 6, 2021

Tempo - August 6, 2021

Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) Jakarta has opposed the Jakarta Provincial Government's plans to build a Waste Management Facility (FPSA) in Tebet Park, South Jakarta. The forum's executive director, Tubagus Soleh Ahmadi, said the project would potentially boost the level of air pollution in public areas.

Tempo - August 6, 2021

Pribadi Wicaksono (Contributor), Yogyakarta – Following concerns over the COVID-19 Delta variant, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan asked local governments to persuade people undergoing COVID-19 self-isolation at home to move to integrated isolation centers.

Jakarta Globe - August 6, 2021

Yudha Baskoro, Bekasi – At least 50 persons with severe mental illness were vaccinated against Covid-19 in Bekasi on Wednesday. They received the first jabs of the AstraZeneca vaccine with permission from their families.

Reuters - August 6, 2021

Jakarta – The Jakarta Police have charged a DJ with violating the country's controversial pornography law after the 28-year-old staged a street protest against COVID-19 movement curbs dressed in a mask and red two-piece bikini earlier this week.

The Guardian - August 6, 2021

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – Human rights organisations have welcomed the Indonesian army's apparent decision to end the "abusive" and long-criticised "virginity testing" of female recruitments.

Tabloid JUBI - August 6, 2021

Theo Kelen, Keerom – For Bertho, David, and Yunitha, going to school takes a lot of struggle, literally. They live in Sawanawa Village, Arso District, 15 kilometers from the city center of Arso. And they study at the YPPK St. Petrus Ubiyau Elementary School, which is located in the Ubiyau Village, five kilometers from Sawanawa.

Tempo - August 6, 2021

Pribadi Wicaksono (Contributor), Jakarta – The Special Region of Yogyakarta (DIY) on Thursday reported 59 deaths from Covid-19. Over the past 30 days, from July 5 to August 5, the province recorded 2,000 lives lost to the novel coronavirus.

The local Covid-19 Task Force spokesman, Berty Murtiningsih, said that Yogyakarta's total Covid casualty has now reached 3,693 deaths.

Tempo - August 6, 2021

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia received reports that many health workers were intimidated for questioning the late distribution of their incentives. Deputy Director Wirya Adiwena explained in several cases, intimidation came from state apparatuses or local governments.

Coconuts Jakarta - August 6, 2021

The year is 2021, and yet some people still think that body shaming others in public is a funny thing to do. While that's already embarrassingly outdated, imagine making fun of an Olympian who represented the country.

Tempo - August 6, 2021

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – The Jakarta Metro Police on Friday has increased their efforts to further restrict community mobility after they found waves of workers of non-essential and non-critical sector starting to come to the offices amidst the level 4 public activity restriction (PPKM Level 4).

Reuters - August 6, 2021

Kate Lamb and Stanley Widianto, Jakarta – The COVID-19 death rate for people in Jakarta who were not vaccinated was more than three times higher than those who were, according to new health ministry data.

Radio New Zealand - August 6, 2021

Papua New Guinea and neighbouring Indonesia have been discussing potential reopening of their shared border.

The border was officially closed early last year due to the pandemic, but the illegal movement of people back and forth has continued across the porous international boundary.

Independent - August 6, 2021

Anuj Pant – Construction will continue on a tourism project in Indonesia that has drawn both official and unofficial comparisons to Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park", the southeast Asian country's tourism ministry said on Thursday.

Coconuts Jakarta - August 6, 2021

Indonesia's COVID-19 vaccine rollout has had its fair share of unique stories, but the story of an elderly woman in West Java going on a piggyback ride to get her jab is a reminder that easy vaccine access is a huge privilege.

August 5, 2021

Coconuts Bali - August 5, 2021

Bali is struggling coping with weak tracing efforts and individuals refusing to isolate, the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) said this week, with limited medical supply and facilities also posing added challenges in the province's battle against COVID-19.

The Guardian - August 5, 2021

Caleb Quinley – Indonesia's health ministry has recorded 1,747 new deaths of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, pushing the nation's total deaths to 100,636.

CNN Indonesia - August 5, 2021

Jakarta – Artist Dinar Candy held a protest action over the extension of Enforcement of Restrictions on Public Activities (PPKM) by wearing a bikini on the side of a road in Jakarta. During the action, Candy also brought a banner with the message, "I'm stressed out because the PPKM has been extended".

Tempo - August 5, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Health Ministry's Covid-19 vaccination spokesperson Siti Nadia Tarmizi on Wednesday said the latest Google mobility report revealed a growing trend in community mobility in a number of provinces.

Tempo - August 5, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – Garuda Indonesia employees have urged the government to reconsider its decision to make polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests mandatory for air passengers in place of rapid antigen tests, arguing the step could affect airlines' occupancy.