Daily Archives: May 16, 2020

Indonesia reports 529 new coronavirus cases, 13 new deaths


Indonesia reported 529 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, taking the total number of cases to 17,025, Trend reports with reference to Reuters.

Indonesia also reported 13 new deaths, taking the total number of COVID-19 deaths to 1,089, health ministry official Achmad Yurianto told an online news conference.

The Southeast Asian country has tested 135,726 people, Yurianto said.

Yurianto said 35,069 patients with suspected acute respiratory illnesses were being treated across the country.


Source: TREND News Agency

North Kalimantan: Five Jamaah Tabligh members recover from COVID-19

Nunukan, N Kalimantan Five members of the Jamaah Tabligh congregation who were diagnosed with COVID-19, have been discharged from Nunukan District’s Public Hospital in North Kalimantan Province after making a fully recovery, a government official said.

They participated in a congregation of the Ijtima Jamaah Tabligh at the Asia Conference, held in Gowa District, South Sulawesi Province, in March this year, Nunukan district head Asmin Laura Hafid told journalists here on Friday.

The five members of the Jamaah Tabligh congregation have returned to their respective families following their recovery. But, they have been urged to continue wearing face masks while staying at home and venturing outside, she said.

According to Hafid, who is also head of Nunukan District’s COVID-19 Task Force, there are 15 other COVID-19 patients who remain in the recovery phase.

The Islamic congregation, termed the 2020 Global Ijtima-Asian Zone, in South Sulawesi Province, which had several thousand Muslim participants from Indonesia and Asia, was postponed to combat the spread of the new coronavirus disease.

The decision was taken as a precautionary measure against the potential spread of COVID-19 by isolating members of the congregation for the sake of their safety and of the local residents, Gowa district head Adnan Purichta Ichsan YL said on March 19, 2020.

The mass gathering, which was to be held in Nirrannuang Village, Bontomarannu Sub-district, was postponed following a meeting with several members of the organizing committee and the Global Ijtima-Asian Zone’s advisory council.

The meeting was initiated by representatives of the Gowa District administration, local police and military, along with other related parties, including the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI).

Ustadz Abdurrahman, representing the organizing committee, had notified the district administration about the postponement, but several thousand congregation members had arrived at the venue. They were then isolated.

Coronavirus infections initially emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019.

Since then, COVID-19 has spread to at least 202 countries and territories, including Indonesia, with a massive spurt in death toll.

The Indonesian Government officially confirmed the country’s first cases on March 2 this year.

To contain the spread of the coronavirus disease, it has enforced large-scale social restrictions and distancing measures in many cities, including Jakarta, Bogor, Bekasi, Surabaya, and Makassar. (INE)



Source: Antara News

Tourism industry to apply health protocol in “new normal” era

Jakarta Indonesia’s Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio has urged the tourism industry to implement health protocol during the post-pandemic “new normal” era.

Kusubandio noted in a statement here on Saturday that the ministry had worked in coordination with related ministries and stakeholders to prepare protocols applicable in the sector in the post-pandemic era.

“Health and security protocols will attract tourists. We continue to work hard to formulate strategic moves to prepare a health protocol in an effort to accelerate recovery of the tourism sector,” he stated.

The minister made the statement during an international tourism webinar themed “Changes of Tourism Paradigm In the Era of New Normal” organized by the Indonesia Tourism Forum (ITF) on Friday (May 15).

Attendees at the webinar comprised President and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Gloria Guevara Manzo, Indonesia Tourism Forum Chairman Sapta Nirwandar, Chairman of the Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) Hariyadi Sukamdani, CEO of the Panorama Group Tourism and Hospitality Budi Tirtawisata, President Director of Garuda Indonesia Irfan Setiaputra, Deputy Governor of Bali Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati, and CEO of Clobothink Consultant, Australasia & Middle East Irshad Cader.

The minister was upbeat about Indonesia’s tourism industry recovering sooner than expected or less than five years to return to normalcy.

The closure of tourist destinations owing to the pandemic should be viewed as an opportunity to evaluate and rearrange the locations, so operators can improvise services and facilitate sustainable tourism development.

“We have to work towards ensuring faster recovery of the tourism sector. We fully understand that tourism is the backbone of the economy,” he noted.

Kusubandio believes that the tourism sector has significantly contributed to creating jobs, boosting foreign exchange and investment, and bolstering development of other sectors.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has projected tourism performance worldwide in 2020 to drop by 45 percent, and it will plummet further by 75 percent if there is no sign of recovery until September 2020.

In Indonesia and several other countries worldwide, all tourist destinations and amusement centers were shut down to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Thousands of hotel, restaurants, and travel agents were closed. Hundreds of aircraft were not operated and millions of workers in the tourism sector were among those bearing the brunt of the pandemic.


Source: Antara News


Houses covered in mud as flash flood hits Poi Village


Sigi, Central Sulawesi Tens of houses in Poi Village, Sigi District, Central Sulawesi, were left covered in mud after a flash flood struck the village on late Friday.

Head of South Dolo Sub-district Jalil stated here on Saturday that the flash flood hit the village at 9 p.m. local time on Friday (May 15).

A total of 39 houses were buried in one-meter-deep mud, while two houses were swept away by the flooding.

No casualties were reported in the disaster.

“Here, we found 41 families that were affected by the flash flood. No casualty was reported, but the people’s property could not be salvaged,” Jalil noted.

The flash flood has also closed road access between Palu City and Sigi District.

“There is no road access,” he pointed out.
Victims of the flash flood were accommodated at a temporary settlement in the village. Some of them sought refuge in their families’ house in the nearby village.


Source: Antara News


Indonesian Embassy in Slovakia distributes relief aid to Indonesians

Jakarta The Indonesian Embassy in Bratislava handed out the second phase of relief packages to Indonesians reeling from the impact of the new coronavirus pandemic in Slovakia.

The relief packages, comprising rice, instant noodles, sugar, cooking oil, egg, canned food, and masks, were handed out to 15 Indonesians constituting 12 migrant workers and three students partaking in the student exchange program, the embassy noted in a written statement released on Saturday.

The aid was offered to ensure that the Indonesians have sufficient food stocks during the COVID-pandemic, especially during the current holy month of Ramadhan, according to the embassy.

The Slovak government continues to enforce a lockdown policy to stem the spread of the new coronavirus that has disrupted most economic activities in the country.

The lockdown has led to a reduction in the work hours of Indonesian migrant workers, especially those employed in the service sector. Consequently, their monthly wages are affected since they are calculated on the basis of the number of working hours.

Furthermore, the embassy has helped to repatriate 10 Indonesians. In the near future, the embassy will also help repatriate three other Indonesians studying at a local university.

Earlier, the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra, the Australian Capital Territory, also disbursed 80 relief packages to Indonesian nationals under the second phase of an aid program to help those bearing the brunt of the new coronavirus pandemic.

The aid packages, comprising several staple food items, including rice, cooking oil, canned food, biscuits, and instant noodles, were distributed on May 12-13, 2020, the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra noted in a press statement on Thursday.

The first phase of the relief program was conducted from April 16 to April 22.

The aid program aims to help Indonesians, who remain strong in the face of an uncertain future amid the Australian Government’s imposition of social restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19.


Source: Antara News