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July 31, 2021

Straits Times - July 31, 2021

Linda Yulisman, Jakarta – Indonesian mother Ekarina resorted to private tutors to teach her only daughter, Athira, from February this year as kindergartens were shut due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

ABC News - July 31, 2021

Erwin Renaldi – Santi Nigro has been running to raise money for oxygen supplies in Indonesia.

Every now and then she has to stop running and catch her breath, and she spares a thought for those who are going through much worse in her country of birth.

July 30, 2021

Coconuts Jakarta - July 30, 2021

Indonesians are not only uniting to cheer the country's representatives at the 2020/2021 Tokyo Olympics, but they've also come together to lambast a journalist for the needlessly sexualized angles to his stories about female athletes instead of focusing on their achievements.

Jakarta Globe - July 30, 2021

Jakarta – The Justice and Human Rights Ministry is donating 46,614 food packages for pandemic-affected communities across the archipelago.

Tempo - July 30, 2021

Friski Riana, Jakarta – The Association for Education and Teachers (P2G) asked the Minister of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Nadiem Makarim to cancel the plan to conduct a national assessment amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Tempo - July 30, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – The number of passengers at MRT Jakarta declined by 80 percent or 4,450 people on average per day in July 2021, during the emergency state of the public mobility restrictions (PPKM Emergency) that took effect since July 3, 2021.

Straits Times - July 30, 2021

Jakarta (Bloomberg) – Indonesia's President Joko Widodo said the country still can't resort to a full lockdown even as it tops the world's daily number of coronavirus deaths.

Tempo - July 30, 2021

Dewi Nurita, Antara, Jakarta – Legal adviser to Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko, Otto Hasibuan, rebuffed the statement made by the Indonesian Corruption Watch (ICW) that his client promoted ivermectin as a Covid-19 therapeutic drug. He said no concrete facts were disclosed about the allegations.

UCA News - July 30, 2021

Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta – Prosecutors in Indonesia have sought the death penalty for eight people accused of smuggling crystal methamphetamine into the country last year.

They are accused of collecting more than 201 kilograms of the drug from a boat off Aceh province and taking it to capital Jakarta in December.

Tempo - July 30, 2021

Jakarta – The Indonesian government allegedly is not being honest in the provision of pandemic data for political reason.

AsiaOne - July 30, 2021

Abdallah Naem and Aisyah Llewellyn – As the Delta variant sweeps through Indonesia, causing a record 2,069 deaths on Tuesday (July 27), regions outside the worst-hit areas of Jakarta, surrounding Java island and tourist hotspot Bali are now reporting worrying coronavirus spikes.

July 29, 2021

Jakarta Post - July 29, 2021

Divya Karyza, Jakarta – Indonesia needs to invest US$312 billion to reach its target for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030, according to Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati.

The figure is based on the estimated contribution stated in the reworked nationally determined contribution (NDC), Indonesia's pledge made under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

East Asia Forum - July 29, 2021

Muhammad Beni Saputra – Indonesia's illegal gold mining problems reveal deeper issues with local level corruption and economic inequality. In Sumatra, gold miners have complained about inconsistencies in the police's tough security measures to eradicate mining.

CNN Indonesia - July 29, 2021

Jakarta – The House of Representatives (DPR) has again created controversy over a plan to provide special three-star hotel facilities for lawmakers, staff members and civil servants who have contracted Covid-19 and are self-isolating.

Tempo - July 29, 2021

Antara, Mega Safitri, Jakarta – Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology Director, Amin Subandrio, stated that the Covid-19 Delta Plus variant (B.1.617.2.1 or AY.1) had been in Indonesia since three weeks ago. The said more dangerous variant was discovered in Jambi and Mamuju, as quoted from Kompas, July 28.

Jakarta Globe - July 29, 2021

Natasia Christy Wahyuni, Jakarta – The Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry predicts that the world is moving toward a new norm in which vaccine passports will become a globally accepted solution to reopening of global travels, primarily in the tourism sector.

Radio Free Asia - July 29, 2021

Indonesia – Some residents of an Indonesian island where a world-class luxury resort and motor-racing circuit is being constructed with China-linked money say they have been threatened in connection with the project or have not received fair compensation for their land.

Tempo - July 29, 2021

Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – Acting Secretary of the Jakarta Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) Augustinus clarified that there was no injection of the third dose of Covid-19 vaccine using Moderna in the DRPD Building.

Agence France-Presse - July 29, 2021

Medan – Indonesia's Mount Sinabung erupted on Wednesday, spewing a massive column of smoke and ash into the sky.

The eruption of the volcano in North Sumatra province lasted about 12 minutes, a local geological agency said.

"The volcanic material reached 4,500 metres into the air," the head of the agency's Sinabung monitoring post, Armen Putra, told AFP.

Coconuts Bali - July 29, 2021

A couple who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine are facing banishment from a Bali village, and are seeking legal action over the alleged rights violation.

Fery Wahyudi Satria Wibawa and his wife were recently told to leave Gulingan Village in Badung Regency as village elders demanded that all residents have the COVID-19 vaccine certificate.

Jakarta Globe - July 29, 2021

Heru Andriyanto & Maria Fatima Bona, Jakarta – Indonesia has been enduring its worst period yet of the Covid-19 pandemic with the highest monthly death toll and steepest rise in newly cases attributed to the Delta variant throughout July.

July 28, 2021

Jakarta Globe - July 28, 2021

Jakarta – Indonesian prosecutors on Wednesday recommended a sentence of 11 years' imprisonment for former social affairs minister Juliari Peter Batubara who stands trial for allegedly taking illegal payment in government's assistance program intended for low-income families during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tempo - July 28, 2021

Pribadi Wicaksono (Contributor), Yogyakarta – Reduced people's mobility during the public activity restrictions dubbed PPKM Level 4 was not in line with the slowing trend in the daily Covid-19 cases in Yogyakarta.

Tempo - July 28, 2021

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – The Environment and Forestry Ministry (KLHK) recorded 18,460 tons of hazardous and toxic medical waste from the Covid-19 handling in all healthcare facilities, emergency hospitals, isolation and quarantine centers, detection tests, and vaccinations.

Reuters - July 28, 2021

Fanny Potkin and Tabita Diela, Singapore and Jakarta – BRI Life, the insurance arm of state-owned lender Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), said on Tuesday it was investigating claims that the personal details of over two million of its customers had been advertised for sale by unidentified hackers.

Coconuts Jakarta - July 28, 2021

A street seller in West Jakarta may have had the shock of his life after finding out that COVID-19 patients were among his recent customers.

Jakarta Post - July 28, 2021

Jakarta – Family members of Aceh's late entrepreneur Akidi Tio came under spotlight after they donated Rp 2 trillion (US$138 million) for COVID-19 mitigation efforts in South Sumatra.

The donation was handed over symbolically on Monday by Akidi's family doctor, Hardi Darmawan, to South Sumatra Police chief Insp. Gen. Eko Indra Heri.

Global Voices - July 28, 2021

Sydney Allen – Indonesia is facing a "COVID-19 tsunami" that is affecting families throughout the archipelago. While all of Southeast Asia has seen an uptick of cases in recent weeks, Indonesia has seen the sharpest spike and is widely regarded as the current global epicenter.

World Socialist Website - July 28, 2021

Benjamin Mateus – Indonesia is now experiencing more than 1,500 deaths from COVID-19 each day on a seven-day average and has become the epicenter of the pandemic in Asia and globally.

Tempo - July 28, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – There has been an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases outside of Java, in contrast with the declining trend in infections seen on the island, according to the Indonesian Doctor's Association.

Sydney Morning Herald - July 28, 2021

Chris Barrett, Singapore – The Australian government is working with Qantas to organise a flight for expats stranded in Indonesia, with nearly 800 registered as wanting to return home from a country that is now the global epicentre of the virus.

Mongabay - July 28, 2021

Basten Gokkon, Jakarta – Indonesia has once again enforced a full ban on the use of a group of seine and trawl nets that threaten the sustainability of the country's fish stocks.

Tempo - July 28, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – The Environment and Forestry Ministry (KLHK) said 59 percent of rivers in Indonesia are still severely polluted. The sources of river water pollution include industrial waste, such as oil, gas, and mining, as well as domestic or household waste and livestock waste.

Coconuts Jakarta - July 28, 2021

As the dust settles on the outrage surrounding a proposal for a dedicated COVID-19 hospital for members of the House of Representatives (DPR), the people's representatives have shown once again that they're all for exclusivity with the passing of a new rule allowing for lawmakers with COVID-19 to opt for an all-inclusive hotel quarantine package.

July 27, 2021

The Telegraph (UK) - July 27, 2021

Dewi Loveard in Jakarta and Nicola Smith – Like many young children, Vino, 10, is afraid of the dark. Normally his pregnant mother would comfort him until he drifts to sleep, but last week she and his father suddenly died, snatched in the prime of life by the Covid-19 wave ravaging Indonesia.

Coconuts Jakarta - July 27, 2021

The government doesn't seem to appreciate the jokes and memes in expense of the eyebrow-raising 20-minute dine-in time limit, justifying its enforcement on the fact that other countries have done it before.

Tempo - July 27, 2021

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – In Indonesia, 10,865 passengers were barred from boarding long-distance trains for not bringing Covid-19 vaccination cards. The data was compiled by PT Kereta Api Indonesia, the state railway company, during the emergency movements curb's implementation between July 3 and 25.

Antara News - July 27, 2021

Putu Indah S, Nabil Ihsan – For GH, a sexual violence survivor, the trauma of further harassment after reporting the assault has been unimaginably intense.

UCA News - July 27, 2021

Konradus Epa, Jakarta – Indonesia's top medical body has criticized a government policy of allowing Covid-19 patients to self-isolate at home, saying more than 2,000 have died because of a lack of medical supervision.

Jakarta Globe - July 27, 2021

Jakarta – The already dire situation in Indonesia's Covid-19 outbreak got worse on Tuesday with a new record in the highest number of daily deaths, which exceeded the 2,000 mark for the first time since the pandemic started.

Straits Times - July 27, 2021

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – Most of Java, the most-populous island in Indonesia, has reported an improvement in the Covid-19 situation.

Tempo - July 27, 2021

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said the hospital bed occupancy rate (BOR) for Covid-19 patients has declined. Indonesia has thus far had 430,000 beds in hospitals throughout the archipelago.

Jakarta Globe - July 27, 2021

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The Netherlands has moved up ranks to become the third-largest source of foreign investment for Indonesia in the second quarter of the year.

Indonesia at Melbourne - July 27, 2021

Siswo Mulyartono – Last month, there were at least three major conflicts involving houses of worship across Indonesia.

Jakarta Globe - July 27, 2021

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Shannon Chai Tjokrorahardjo, Jakarta – The Indonesian government aims to vaccinate over 200 million citizens to get rid of Covid-19, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo tweeted on Tuesday.

Indonesia has administered around 64 million doses of vaccine in the last six months, with 18.7 million people fully vaccinated to date.

Tempo - July 27, 2021

Adam Prireza, M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan on Tuesday appreciated the Jakarta Metro Police after successfully revealing an alleged illegal oxygen tank import scheme. He said that such disgraceful acts amidst a pressing Covid-19 crisis are crimes against humanity.

Tempo - July 27, 2021

Hendartyo Hanggi, Jakarta – The Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry's Mineral and Coal Director-General Ridwan Djamaluddin said Indonesia still has large coal reserves of 38.84 billion tons.

"We still have about 60 to 65 years to go of our [coal] reserves," said Ridwan in the ministry's virtual discussion on Monday, July 26, 2021.

Jakarta Post - July 27, 2021

Rifki Nurfajri, Jakarta – National COVID-19 task force chief Ganip Warsito has called on people to self-isolate at government-run isolation centers where they could have access to better services, including medical treatment, compared to self-isolating at home.

July 26, 2021

Tempo - July 26, 2021

Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – The Jakarta Government on Monday said the bed occupancy rates of COVID-19 isolation and ICU facilities at hospitals in Jakarta had shown signs of reduction as of July 25.

Jakarta Post - July 26, 2021

Jakarta (Agencies) – Indonesia is expecting to receive 45 million more doses of COVID-19 vaccines in August, health minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin told a virtual news conference on Monday.

They will include vaccines from Sinovac, Moderna and Pfizer, he said, quoted by Reuters.