Daily Archives: June 8, 2020

Central Java readies guidelines to implement new normal

Semarang, C Java The Central Java provincial government, in collaboration with experts and academics, readied guidelines to implement the new normal in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Despite not yet being implemented, at least the new norms that we have prepared can offer guidance to facilitate smooth migration to a new normal,” Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo stated in Semarang on Monday.

Even though the guidelines were being prepared to serve as a guiding beacon in the new normal, Pranowo clarified that not all regions in Central Java will be allowed to implement protocols for a new normal in the near future. Some green areas to the area with lowest levels of COVID-19 infection are likely to implement the policy.

“To this end, we can be selective, so that the norms we prepare can work properly. Some green areas, such as the Banyumas Regency and Tegal City, have contacted me, calling for it to be applied. However, I suggested to try them first,” Pranowo revealed.

The Central Java governor stated that the new normal guidelines will later be applied to various areas, including places of worship, offices, industry, trade, education, and tourism.

Some Central Java areas with green zones and that will apply new norms are required to practice the guidelines that will be issued as the governor’s or the task force’s instruction.

In addition to developing new normal guidelines, Pranowo urged the regional government to prepare several other supporting infrastructure facilities, including health workers, health centers, and health services.

“Now, it appears as though some regions are already moving. We only need to give a slight push, so that the fluctuations are not too high, and the graphics can stay the same,” he remarked.

“This is not easy since being selective is the need of the hour. For instance, Semarang City is definitely not yet (ready to implement the guidelines), since the (COVID-19) graph continues to rise,” he pointed out.




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Health Ministry holds mass swab testing for Medan residents

Medan The Ministry of Health, through the Center for Environmental Health and Disease Control (BTKL PP) Class 1 in Medan city, North Sumatra province, hosted a COVID-19 mass swab testing for residents of the city.

The first day of the testing took place on Monday at the Batak Karo Protestant Church (GBKP) on Jamin Ginting street, Medan.

The head of BTKL PP Class 1 Medan, Rosmita Ginting, said that the mass testing was conducted in collaboration with the North Sumatra COVID-19 Task Force.

“This is our breakthrough to quickly break the chain of coronavirus transmission by conducting mass swab tests, and we move directly into the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) examination method,” Ginting said.

She noted that the mass testing will take place for five days, beginning Monday (June 8), with a target of 100 people being tested per day.

“Our goal is for North Sumatra to be free from COVID-19. If possible, we will carry out swab tests on all of the residents in the city,” she said.



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Ministry coordinates with local governments to revive industry



Jakarta The industry ministry is actively coordinating with local governments to monitor activities in the sector to keep the economy afloat whilst companies continue to abide by health protocols set amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Local governments play an important role in the prevention and control of COVID-19, including those around industrial companies or industrial areas,” Director General of Resilience and Development of International Industrial Access (KPAII) of the Ministry, Dody Widodo, noted in a statement received here, Monday.

Widodo highlighted the manufacturing sector’s preparedness to usher in a new normal era and move to facilitate national economic recovery. He added that the manufacturing sector had become one of the key economic growth drivers.

The Ministry of Industry pointed to the industrial sector still being the biggest contributor to the national gross domestic product (GDP), reaching 19.98 percent in the first quarter of 2020.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, related companies or industrial zones were required to obtain an Operational and Industrial Activity Mobility Permit (IOMKI) in order to operate. The procedure of operations was stipulated in Industry Ministry’s Circular No. 7 of 2020.

Widodo further noted that the Ministry of Industry had continued to coordinate with relevant stakeholders to ensure that the industrial sector can run in line with the application of health protocols. This collaboration encompasses ones with local governments.

“Some of the roles of regional governments include creation of a task force on supervision of permits for operational activities of industrial estates and tenants,” he revealed.

To this end, every permit holder must have in place a COVID-19 prevention procedure and report on its implementation through the National Information and Industry System (SIINas) every weekend.

Furthermore, a monitoring team was formed for handling the permit implementation process as stipulated in Minister of Industry’s Decree Number 649 of 2020. The monitoring team is tasked with coordinating with the local governments, verifying permit data and information, as well as reporting on the implementation measures.

Moreover, they are responsible for monitoring the implementation of IOMKI permits directly on field or electronically. They can also recommend the revocation of IOMKI to the Minister of Industry and assess the results of the implementation of IOMKI based on their monitoring results.

“The local government will support efforts to restore industrial activities during the current COVID-19 pandemic, and the Ministry of Industry will continue to coordinate with related parties pertaining to these efforts, including raising awareness on health protocols during the recovery period of industrial activities,” he affirmed.




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COVID-19 pandemic affects children’s immunization program: Ministry


Jakarta Indonesia’s Health Ministry highlighted the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the immunization program for infants and children nationwide.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has a significant impact on the implementation of the immunization program,” the ministry’s Director of Surveillance and Health Quarantine, R. Vensya Sitohang, stated during a press conference with the Task Force for Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling in Jakarta on Monday.

Sitohang remarked that almost 83.9 percent of health services, particularly the vaccination program, were halted owing to the pandemic.

“It means health services for immunization could not be conducted. We know the impact of suspending vaccination for children,” she stated, adding that health services were reportedly suspended in nearly all districts.

The ministry recorded that the trend of basic vaccination for children in April had declined from that in April 2019.

“There was no reported impact yet in January and February. However, a significant decline of almost 4.7 percent was recorded in April, as compared to the coverage in 2019,” she pointed out.

Despite the national immunization coverage having met its target, the government will require to accrue more comprehensive data on children that had yet to be vaccinated in each province, district/city, sub-district, and village.



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Surabaya, Sidoarjo, and Gresik suggest ending PSBB


Surabaya, E Java The administrators of Surabaya City and Sidoarjo and Gresik districts on Monday called to put an end to the enforcement of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) despite the ongoing threat of COVID-19 in East Java Province.

To this end, during a meeting, held here from Sunday evening to early Monday to evaluate the handling of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the administrators came up with a common proposal to end the enforcement of large-scale social restrictions in their respective areas.

After presenting his assessment of the large-scale social restriction policy applied in three phases in his administrative areas, Gresik District Head Sambari Halim Radianto expressed keenness to end it and enter a transitional phase.

“Though we have no longer enforced large-scale social restrictions, we remain committed to imposing strict healthcare protocols to continue efforts to break the chain of the coronavirus pandemic,” he remarked.

Echoing the same view, Nur Ahmad Syaifudin, Sidoarjo District’s acting head, spoke of having suggested to end PSBB and in its place enter a transitional period to usher in a new normal.

However, Syaifudin vowed to not relax the enforcement of COVID-19 protocols and other prevention and mitigation measures to prevent the occurrence of a second wave of COVID-19 outbreak.

At the meeting, Head of the Surabaya Disaster Mitigation and People’s Protection Agency Irvan Widyanto highlighted Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini’s suggestion to put an end to the imposition of large-scale social restrictions in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city.

“We ensure that healthcare protocols for containing the spread of COVID-19 will remain in place, and checkpoints will also remain operational in areas of the city bordering with its neighboring districts,” he noted.

In response to the suggestion put forth by the city and district governments, coordinator for enforcement of large-scale social restrictions in East Java Heru Tjahjono confirmed he would officially notify East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa on the proposals.

Large-scale social restrictions were enforced in Surabaya’s greater areas from April 28 to May 11.The enforcement of these restrictions was then extended twice until June 8.

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

Since then, COVID-19 has spread to over 215 countries and territories, including 34 provinces of Indonesia, with a massive spurt in death toll.

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




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