Daily Archives: June 21, 2020

TMII reopens ahead of implementation of new normal

Jakarta The Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park (TMII) tourist area reopened this Saturday, with a promo offer of entry for two people at the price of one ticket, valid until June 30, 2020.

The manager has limited the number of visitors and necessitated online purchase of tickets available on the official TMII website.

In line with the health protocols for applying the new normal amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, several regulations have been put in place. Visitors must wear masks while visiting the tourist area, apply physical and social distancing measures, especially when they are in a queue, waiting rooms, places of worship, and other areas, as well as practice handwashing.

The TMII manager has provided several places to wash hands in each unit, museum, bridge, and other rides.

TMII personnel will check the visitors’ body temperature to ensure they are in good health, while disinfectant liquid will be sprayed on the visitors’ vehicles at the entrance gate.

The manager of TMII uploaded the initial seconds of the opening of the tour on its Instagram page some three hours ago.

Some visitors, wearing masks and helmets, were seen riding bicycles while touring the large park.

Apart from revisiting the experience of going around Indonesia, visitors can also know more about Jungle Heroes at the Bird Park of TMII.

Jakarta is currently extending its large-scale social distancing measure while transitioning to the new normal.


Source: Antara News


Fresh COVID-19 cases in Jakarta last week reportedly very low

Jakarta The capital city Jakarta recorded very low fresh confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past week, Head of the Data and Information Center of the Ministry of Health Didik Budijanto stated.

“Although the total number of confirmed cases in Jakarta is quite high, the daily increase is very low over the past seven days,” Didik Budijanto noted during a speech delivered virtually by the Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Response at the BNPB Graha Office here on Saturday.

However, he pointed to other provinces — Aceh, Maluku, North Sumatra, and Gorontalo — still registering a high percentage of additional cases in the past week.

Death rate due to COVID-19 in Jakarta was lower than that in East Java a week back. North Sulawesi Province clocked the highest COVID-19 case fatality rate in the past seven days.

The nationwide recovery rate surpasses the death rate.

“This demonstrates that we are getting more mature and better in providing services,” Budijanto pointed out.
Government’s spokesperson for COVID-19 Response Achmad Yurianto noted that the government will boost the mechanism of tracing infected people and conducting tests, especially in regions susceptible to the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.

“Hence, tracing should be increased in the provinces where the addition of new cases is still quite high, and testing should then be conducted on a more massive scale. This cannot be generalized for every province because the problem is different,” he stated.

Yurianto said his office was currently focusing more on COVID-19 tests in East Java, South Sulawesi, and South Kalimantan.

According to Yurianto, the task force in these provinces will further review the concentration of districts or cities where further tests are needed, and of course, based on contact tracing.


Source: Antara News

Military, Police chiefs evaluate pre-new normal activities in Semarang

Semarang, Central Java National Police (Polri) Chief General Idham Azis and Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) Commander Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto reviewed application of health protocols at traditional markets and malls in Semarang, Central Java, Saturday, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The duo paid a visit to the Karangayu traditional market and Semarang Paragon Mall and toured the two locations to ensure that health protocols were implemented in transitioning to the new normal.

The visit was conducted to evaluate the readiness of TNI and Polri personnel to oversee the application of health protocols, according to Tjahjanto.

“This aims to check whether it is in accordance with the SOP (standard operating procedures),” he noted.

Tjahjanto pointed out that during their visit to the two locations, preparations were made in the form of handwashing places, body temperature checks of visitors, and enforcement of the rule to wear mask.

The TNI commander lauded the fact that the market and mall had followed the SOP for proper implementation of health protocols.

Tjahjanto believes that it is the joint task of the government and legal enforcers as well as all community members to ensure that people implement the health protocols.

“Community participation in complying with health protocols is crucial to ensure safety while conducting activities. Until when? Until the vaccine is developed,” he emphasized.


Source: Antara News


Pharmaceutical, medical industries included in Making Indonesia 4.0

Jakarta The pharmaceutical and medical device industries are included in the Ministry of Industry’s Making Indonesia 4.0 Program that targets to expedite the application of Industry 4.0 in the manufacturing sector.

“Making Indonesia 4.0 is a strategy towards Industry 4.0 with the transformation of digital manufacturing. The aim is to increase productivity, efficiency, and competitiveness of national industries,” Minister of Industry Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita stated here on Saturday.

Making Indonesia 4.0 serves as a roadmap to expedite the development of globally competitive industrial sectors. The program aims to realize the target to secure Indonesia’s ranking among the top 10 countries with the largest economies in the world by 2030.

The Making Indonesia 4.0 program is also expected to help boost the country’s net exports by 10 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), double the productivity against costs, and step up spending on research and development by two percent of the GDP.

“In fact, the implementation of Making Indonesia 4.0 will create employment opportunities with new expertise in the industrial sector and industrial support services that are supported by the demographic bonus momentum,” the minister stated.

When the program was implemented in 2018, the Ministry of Industry had selected five priority sectors — the food and beverage industry, textiles and apparel, automotive, chemical, and electronics — to be the focus of development under the Making Indonesia 4.0 Program.

The five industrial sectors were chosen on the basis of several crucial factors, including the fact that they had contributed 70 percent of the national GDP.

Furthermore, the industries represent 65 percent of industrial exports and absorb some 60 percent of the industrial workforce.

In its development plans under the roadmap, the Ministry of Industry has also included the medical device and pharmaceutical industries.

“The inclusion of the medical device and pharmaceutical industries in the priority development of Making Indonesia 4.0 is one of the efforts of the Ministry of Industry to immediately realize a self-reliant Indonesia in the health sector,” the industry minister stated.

Kartasasmita highlighted the significance of Indonesia’s self-reliance in the medical equipment and pharmaceutical industries, especially during health emergency scenarios as it is today.

The medical equipment and pharmaceutical industries come under the high-demand category amid the COVID-19 pandemic when other sectors are bearing a major brunt.

Furthermore, self-reliance in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries is projected to contribute to the program of curtailing imports by up to 35 percent by the end of 2022.

“Innovation and application of Industry 4.0 in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries can increase productivity,” he noted.

To this end, the Ministry of Industry has continually boosted the competitiveness of the medical device and pharmaceutical industries by encouraging the transformation of digital-based technology.

Utilization of this digital technology will later begin, right from the stages of production to distribution and to consumers.

“By running digitalization, companies can manage their work processes and human resources and stay productive,” the industry minister stated.

In 2019, the Ministry of Industry had launched the Indonesia Industry 4.0 Readiness Index, also called INDI 4.0, under which industrial companies conduct independent assessments to gauge their readiness in applying Industry 4.0.

“We will once again conduct an INDI 4.0 assessment to measure the industry’s readiness to implement Industry 4.0 in the context of efforts to restore the national industry,” he added.



Source: Antara News

Jakarta’s car free day returns after being suspended since March 15

Jakarta The Jakartans again flocked to the Sudirman-MH Thamrin Streets on Sunday morning to do bicycle riding and outdoor exercise as the Special Capital Territory of Jakarta Government resumed the Car Free Day (CFD).

This weekly event returned on Sunday morning amid the declining rate of new confirmed novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country’s capital city over the past week.

Before being suspended by the Jakarta provincial government since March 15 to break the chain of COVID-19 pandemic, many Jakartans are used to taking advantage of the CFD to enjoy their Sunday morning with their kids, family members, and friends.

This Sunday, many of the local residents who wanted to do their outdoor exercise were seen heading to MH Thamrin Street from Merdeka Selatan Street as ANTARA observed at 08.00 a.m. local time.

Despite the declining rate of confirmed cases in the city, the Jakarta Transportation and Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers who secure the CFD urged the residents doing exercise to remain cautious with the mandatory COVID-19 protocols.

“Please, carrying kids is not allowed,” said one of the Satpol PP officer.

The Jakartans and anyone who join the capital city’s CFD are ordered to practice the healthcare and COVID-19 protocols, such as maintaining recommended physical and social distancing measures, wearing face masks, and staying clean.

Vulnerable people, such as the elderly, pregnant women, and kids under nine years old are required to remain at home and stay fit instead of joining the CFD.

The Jakarta provincial government has repeatedly cautioned its residents to temporarily keep children, pregnant women, and elderly away from events that draw a multitude of people during the transitional period toward a new normal that has come into effect since June 5.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan emphasized that people with comorbidities were also prohibited from partaking in events involving congregation of people since they fell in the vulnerable group amid the ongoing global pandemic of the novel coronavirus disease.

Jakarta has officially been declared a COVID-19-affected area in Indonesia following the central government’s confirmation of the country’s first cases on March 2 this year.

Coronavirus infections initially emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019. Since then, COVID-19 has spread to over 202 countries and territories, including Indonesia, with a massive spurt in death toll.


Source: Antara News