Daily Archives: May 29, 2020

27 crew members of Sabuk Nusantara ship quarantined over COVID-19

Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands Twenty-seven crew members of the Sabuk Nusantara ship have been quarantined after two of their colleagues tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease.

The two crew members who tested positive for COVID-19, based on the results of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, are being treated at the Raja Ahmad Thabib Hospital in Riau Islands Province, head of the Tanjungpinang Health Office, Rustam, said on Thursday.

“Swab samples have been taken from all crew members after two of their colleagues tested positive for COVID-19,” he said.

The Sabuk Nusantara cluster has not been included in the COVID-19 data for Tanjungpinang because the crew members are not local residents, he said.

The crew members had earlier undergone rapid testing at the Sri Bintan Pura Port in Tanjungpinang.

“The ship had sailed around several islands in Riau Islands and Pontianak (West Kalimantan),” Rustam stated.

Spokesperson for Riau Islands’ Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling, Tjetjep Yudiana, said the two infected crew members belong to a special cluster because they are not registered in the city’s COVID-19 data.

Similarly, 29 crew members of MV Kelud, who tested positive for COVID-19 and were treated at Galang Hospital in Batam, have not been registered in Batam’s COVID-19 data because they are not local residents.

Rustam said his office will try to get the 27 crew members of Sabuk Nusantara quarantined at Galang Island.


Source: Antara News


BIN provides thousands of medical equipment, PPEs in COVID-19 fight


Surabaya, E Java The Indonesian National Intelligence Agency (BIN) has provided thousands of medical devices and personal protective equipment (PPEs) to handle COVID-19 cases in Surabaya, East Java Province.

Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini remarked here on Friday that BIN’s medical aid was transported aboard container trucks that arrived at the Surabaya City Hall on the night of Thursday, May 28.

Furthermore, the Surabaya municipal administration received an ambulance and a laboratory vehicle for swab tests.

The BIN assistance comprised two real time PCRs, five thousand reagent PCR test kits, five thousand Virus Transport Media (VTM), laminar airflow cabinet, PCR box, two vortex, and three mini centrifuges.

A 2-8°C refrigerator, -20°C freezer, three micropipette sets, two biosafety cabinets, two Biotecon automated extraction machines, a refrigerated centrifuge, an autoclave, a thermal mixer, a thermal block, an oven, and a -80°C freezer were also provided.

BIN also offered eight thousand N95 masks, eight thousand isolation gowns, eight thousand protective eyewear, eight thousand latex gloves, eight thousand pairs of medical footwear covers, and 15 thousand rapid test kits.

M. Fikser, spokesman of the Surabaya COVD-19 response, had earlier stated that the laboratory vehicle provided by BIN could be utilized to conduct rapid tests and swab tests.

“The vehicle can be used to conduct testing on 500 swab samples daily, and the results can be known immediately in the day,” he revealed.

East Java is currently among the epicenters of COVID-19 transmission in Indonesia, with the number of confirmed cases reaching 4,271, as of May 28, 2020.


Source: Antara News

Jokowi urges staff to prioritize execution of strategic projects

Jakarta President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called on his staff to focus attention on the execution of National Strategic Projects that directly impact the people’s economy and national economic recovery.

The president made the statement during the introduction at a limited meeting on the evaluation of National Strategic Projects for economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19 held virtually at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Friday.

“In connection with the National Strategic Projects that are underway, I want those with a direct impact on the people’s economy and the national economic recovery to be prioritized,” he remarked.

He noted that several National Strategic Projects were imperative to ensuring equitable development and bolstering the people’s economy, such as the land certification program for the people, legalization of transmigration lands, agrarian reforms, social forestry, and rejuvenation of the people’s plantations.

“I want to ensure the continued running of these priority programs while strictly adhering to health protocols,” he remarked.

The head of state also called upon his staff to immediately tackle various obstacles that hinder the on-field implementation of national strategic projects.

“I received a report that the biggest obstacle was yet the matter of land acquisition,” he pointed out.


Source: Antara News


TNI, police form database command post for health protocol monitoring

Jakarta The Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) and Indonesian Police (Polri) jointly formed a database command to monitor public adherence to health protocols in Central Jakarta while implementing Large-Scale Social Distancing (PSBB) measures and the new normal scenario.

“Indeed, we, from the Menteng Police Sector (Polsek), Kodim, and Koramil (the local military offices), have readied a post that we will form into a mini post to collect data on violations and distribution in Central Jakarta, and the data will be updated later at both the Kodim (military regional command) and Polres (police resort),” Menteng Police Chief Andjuct Senior Commissioner Guntur Muhammad Tariq remarked here on Thursday night.

Violations under monitoring encompass those not wearing gloves and masks and also not following physical distancing outlined in the health protocol of both PSBB and the new normal.

“We will also distribute masks in addition to educating the public. The data will offer an insight into the behavior of the public, including their compliance with the health protocol. Everything will be recorded in the command post,” he explained.

The database command posts will be set up at eight locations in Central Jakarta, while monitoring posts will be formed at MRT stations along Jalan MH Thamrin and on each floor of shopping centers, among others.

“I think all regions in Indonesia can take a cue from this. Such a post can be useful, especially at the MH Thamrin Avenue,” he remarked.

The officers-in-charge will comprise 75 percent from the military and 25 percent from the police.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, May 28, 2020, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jakarta increased to 103, slightly lower than 105 on the previous day.

The capital city has, so far, recorded a total of 6,929 confirmed cases, with 1,719 recoveries and 514 deaths as of Thursday.

“Meanwhile, 2,055 inpatients are still undergoing medical treatment and 2,641 people are self-isolating at home,” Head of the Jakarta Health Office Ani Ruspitawati noted here on Thursday.

The Jakarta Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Response has also registered a total of 17,069 asymptomatic carriers.


Source: Antara News

Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nepal agree to Malaysia’s repatriation proposal

Kuala Lumpur Malaysia highlighted the agreement of the governments of Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Nepal to its proposal to repatriate their illegal migrant workers and undocumented citizens that tested negative for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The Malaysian government expressed gratitude to the three nations for the agreed repatriations of their undocumented workers and citizens, Malaysia’s Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob noted in a press statement that ANTARA quoted in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

Some 4,399 undocumented migrant workers currently reside in the detention centers of the Malaysian immigration authorities in Bukit Jalil, Semenyih, and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) has completed their COVID-19 medical examination, he revealed.

Some 13 undocumented migrant workers and citizens are currently housed at the Semenyih detention center whilst awaiting the Malaysian authorities’ decisions, he stated.

The Indonesian Foreign Ministry earlier revealed that the Malaysian authorities had arrested 421 undocumented Indonesian workers during raids at several areas nationwide this month.

Malaysian authorities apprehended the workers for alleged violation of the country’s immigration regulations, such as residing in the country without valid documents, overstaying, and possessing fake documents, Indonesian Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson, Teuku Faizasyah, noted on May 13.

The workers are currently under detention at the Malaysian Immigration’s detention house, and the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur has provided consular facilities to them, Faizasyah stated.

“Based on our experience, the Indonesians, who were arrested and then detained by Malaysian Immigration (authorities), will be repatriated to Indonesia after completing the country’s legal process,” he noted.

The 421 undocumented Indonesian citizens were arrested during raids in Pasar Borong Selayang, Kuala Lumpur, on May 11, 2020.

Apart from the Indonesians, the Malaysian Immigration authorities also detained 790 Myanmar citizens, 54 Indians, six Pakistanis, 78 Bangladeshis, and several other foreigners.

The Malaysian Health Ministry recently declared that 7,551 foreign nationals were subject to questioning by the country’s authorities and 1,368 undocumented foreigners, currently detained in the country, had tested negative for COVID-19.

The Malaysian government has enforced a movement control order (MCO) to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Source: Antara News