Daily Archives: May 23, 2020

26 medical workers in Papua exposed to COVID-19

Jayapura, Papua A total of 26 medical workers in the easternmost Indonesian province of Papua have been exposed to the novel coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, and some of them are receiving medical treatment, a spokesperson said.

The medical workers include doctors and health laboratory officers, spokesperson for the Papua Province Task Force for the Handling of COVID-19, Dr. Silwanus Sumule, said on Friday night.

Some of the medical workers were employed in the provincial capital of Jayapura and the district of Jayawijaya, he said.

While some medical workers have recovered from the infection, others are receiving medical treatment, he informed.

As of Friday, 152 of the total 568 people who tested positive for COVID-19 in Papua have recovered from the disease, he added.

Confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported from 12 out of 29 districts and municipalities across Papua, the spokesperson revealed.

He said a total of 2,862 people have been placed under monitoring (ODPs) and 808 patients are under surveillance (PDPs) for COVID-19 in Papua.

Given the higher number of ODPs and PDPs, he expressed the hope that local residents would take the initiative and go to hospitals and health clinics to check whether they have been exposed to COVID-19.

 

Source: Antara News

 

Armed criminal group shoots medical workers in Papua

 

Jayapura An armed criminal group reportedly shot two medical workers, one of them fatally, while they were delivering medicines for COVID-19 patients in Intan Jaya District of Papua Province.

The two medical workers have been identified as Almalek Bagau and Eunico Somou, chief of the Intan Jaya District Police, Adjunct Senior Commissioner Yuli Karre Pongbala, said on Friday.

Eunico Somou reportedly died of gunshot wounds, while Almalek, who is in critical condition, has been rushed to Pastoral Wandai for treatment.

“We plan to go to the scene (of the shooting) on Saturday (May 23, 2020) to evacuate the victim,” Yuli said, adding it will take five hours to reach the spot. (INE)

 

Source: Antara News

BIN proactively assists govt in conducting tests in COVID-19 hotbed

 

Jakarta The National Intelligence Agency (BIN) has extended proactive assistance to the government to expedite the handling of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak by conducting swab tests on those in the epicenter of the pandemic.

“Our team is in Jakarta and the outskirts, especially Depok, Bogor, and Banten, on a rotational basis,” BIN Special Staff Major General (Retired) Neno Hamriono noted in a statement here on Saturday.

BIN Chief General (Ret) Budi Gunawan has given instructions to the agency to help the government deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Hamriono.

The intelligence agency, in cooperation with the Depok municipality administration in West Java and the Task Force Team for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Response in Depok, ran tests on some 300 people in Giant Tole Iskandar, Sukmajaya, Cilodong Sub-district, on Friday (May 22).

The BIN will help the local government trace potential clusters in the red zone recording high levels of COVID-19 transmission.

During the test, the BIN provided 500 rapid test kits and deployed two mobile laboratories for swab tests that can give results within five hours.

The test results for 25 out of the 300 residents, who underwent testing, came reactive for COVID-19, so the swab test was continued.

Meanwhile, Depok Mayor Muhammad Idris lauded the mass rapid tests conducted by BIN, as it helped the Depok city government to halt the spread of COVID-19.

House of Representatives’ Commission I member, Muhammad Farhan, highlighted the criticality of the BIN conducting mass rapid tests to collect data pertaining to the health of Indonesians.

The BIN had earlier conducted several mass rapid tests in West Jakarta’s Tambora Flats, Pondok Betung, South Tangerang, Banten, Surya Kencana Area, West Java, and in front of the MRT Station located in the Blok M commercial area in South Jakarta.

The BIN also conducted mass rapid tests in front of Sudirman Station and Dukuh Atas MRT Station, Central Jakarta.

 

Source: Antara News

 

Jokowi to not hold open house to stem COVID-19 spread

 

Jakarta The State Palace authority confirmed that President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana will not hold an open house at the State Palace on May 25 to contain the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) transmission.

In this place, President Jokowi has appealed to the people at large to uphold the spirit of “silaturrahim,” or Islamic brotherhood, during the Idul Fitri festivities virtually through the use of various digital media platforms.

“The ‘silaturrahim’ tradition with relatives and friends must continue to be preserved, though they cannot meet physically. It can still be done virtually,” Presidential Secretariat Deputy Head of Protocol, Press, and Media Bey Triadi Machmudin noted in a press statement that ANTARA received here Friday.

President Jokowi has also urged all ministers and cabinet members to not convene the open house events.

“Of course, what Mr. President does is expected to be emulated by other cabinet members. Vice President Ma’ruf Amin too will not hold the open house event,” he noted.

During his first presidential term, President Jokowi routinely held the open house event in connection with the Idul Fitri festivities. During last year’s Idul Fitri celebrations, he held the open house event at the State Palace, while in 2018, he held it at the Bogor Presidential Palace.

However, this year’s open house event will not be convened owing to the ongoing global pandemic of COVID-19. The Idul Fitri festivities, marking the end of the Ramadhan fasting month, will fall on May 24.

In connection with the government’s endeavors to slow the spread of COVID-19, the people, at large, are suggested to stay away from hometowns and forego physical contact with parents, relatives, and friends during the Idul Fitri festivities.

Physical distancing is no longer a barrier to maintain close relations in this digital era, and the spirit of “silaturrahim” can nonetheless be preserved by contacting friends and families over phone, WhatsApp, and teleconferencing platforms, such as Zoom.

With people opting to stay at home and not joining the annual exodus prior to and during the Idul Fitri holiday season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the government’s endeavors to flatten the curve of coronavirus cases have gotten a boost.

The government alone cannot contain the spread of COVID-19. Flattening the curve necessitates participation from the people, at large, and upholding the spirit of “gotong royong”, or mutual cooperation.

If most Indonesians uphold the spirit of “gotong royong” and maintain strict discipline in the fight against coronavirus, Indonesia’s situation in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic may likely improve in June and July this year.

“Insya Allah (with God’s grace), in June and July, all things will get better than now,” the government’s spokesperson for COVID-19 task force, Achmad Yurianto, remarked during a virtual press conference in Jakarta on May 4, 2020.

The spirit of “gotong royong”, strict discipline, and persistence are indispensable in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak, as they will help Indonesia to emerge out of the pandemic.

 

Source: Antara News

Jokowi, First Lady Iriana extend “Happy Idul Fitri” greetings

Jakarta President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana extended Idul Fitri greetings from the Bogor Presidential Palace on Saturday to all Indonesians celebrating the Idul Fitri festivities on Sunday (May 24).

“Happy Idul Fitri (Eid Mubarak). Please forgive me for my physical and emotional wrongdoings,” President Jokowi and First Lady Iriana stated.

Muslims across Indonesia are celebrating this year’s Idul Fitri festivities that mark the end of the Islamic holy fasting month of Ramadhan differently owing to the ongoing global pandemic of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

This current situation calls for sacrifice from people across the country by forgoing homebound travel to their hometowns, quite averse to what was followed since decades and by not holding the regular “silaturrahim” (Islamic brotherhood) events.

“I feel that this is absolutely not easy, but the safety of our families and relatives is much more important and must be our common priority,” President Jokowi remarked, adding that this challenging situation that almost all nations on earth are facing will soon end.

President Jokowi and First Lady Iriana will not follow the tradition of holding the open house event at the State Palace on May 25 owing to the COVID-19 situation, Presidential Secretariat Deputy Head of Protocol, Press, and Media Bey Triadi Machmudin stated.

In its place, President Jokowi has appealed to the people at large to uphold the spirit of “silaturrahim” during the Idul Fitri festivities virtually through the use of various digital media platforms.

“The ‘silaturrahim’ tradition with relatives and friends must continue to be preserved. Athough they cannot meet physically, it can still be done virtually,” Machmudin stated.

President Jokowi has also appealed to ministers and cabinet members to not convene open house events.

“Of course, what Mr. President does is expected to be emulated by other cabinet members. Vice President Ma’ruf Amin too will not hold the open house event,” he affirmed.

During his first presidential term, President Jokowi routinely held the open house event in connection with the Idul Fitri festivities. During last year’s Idul Fitri celebrations, he had held the open house event at the State Palace, while in 2018, he held the event at the Bogor Presidential Palace.

However, this year’s open house event will not be convened owing to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The Idul Fitri festivities, marking the end of the Ramadhan fasting month, will fall on May 24.

 

Source: Antara News