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Jakarta launches online site furnishing coronavirus information

As you could find at the homepage, there is direct information on the disease of COVID-19 as well as the frequently asked questions,

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Jakarta provincial government, Friday, launched a special online site containing all requisite information pertaining to coronavirus in this region, thereby enabling its citizens to acquire such official information amid fears over the virus outbreak.

“We have launched a microsite of corona.jakarta.go.id that contains coronavirus-related response,” Atika Nur Rahmania, a spokesperson of the Jakarta government, stated at a press briefing.

The site provides necessary information for the people regarding the government’s response to the outbreak, including service on community reports, governor’s instruction, and infographics.

“As you can find on the homepage, there is direct information on the disease of COVID-19 as well as the frequently asked questions,” she stated.

Apart from the launch of this site, the government had also announced that it will directly disseminate information to the public at 15 locations across the region, including at public malls and train stations.

According to the site, last updated on March 5, 2020, at 6 p.m. local time, Jakarta has currently placed some 127 people under observation and 49 patients under supervision.

Source: ANTARA News

Jakarta launches online site furnishing coronavirus information

As you could find at the homepage, there is direct information on the disease of COVID-19 as well as the frequently asked questions,

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Jakarta provincial government, Friday, launched a special online site containing all requisite information pertaining to coronavirus in this region, thereby enabling its citizens to acquire such official information amid fears over the virus outbreak.

“We have launched a microsite of corona.jakarta.go.id that contains coronavirus-related response,” Atika Nur Rahmania, a spokesperson of the Jakarta government, stated at a press briefing.

The site provides necessary information for the people regarding the government’s response to the outbreak, including service on community reports, governor’s instruction, and infographics.

“As you can find on the homepage, there is direct information on the disease of COVID-19 as well as the frequently asked questions,” she stated.

Apart from the launch of this site, the government had also announced that it will directly disseminate information to the public at 15 locations across the region, including at public malls and train stations.

According to the site, last updated on March 5, 2020, at 6 p.m. local time, Jakarta has currently placed some 127 people under observation and 49 patients under supervision.

Source: ANTARA News

From Manila to Malaysia, Southeast Asia Is Moving to Beat Impacts of Coronavirus

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Singapore was hit a month ago with a surge in novel coronavirus cases that originated in China but capped the spread. Malaysia and Thailand watched beach tourists drain away as Chinese were required to avoid travel. Factory slowdowns in China caused by workers staying home to dodge the disease cut demand for Indonesian commodities.

Nevertheless, analysts in Southeast Asia expect the region of 654 million to weather this outbreak. The outcome matters because the flow of tourists, capital and raw materials into Southeast Asia is more contingent on China than is the case elsewhere.

Vietnam and the Philippines expect more capital from foreign investors fatigued by risks in China, for example. Southeast Asian governments are cutting interest rates and approving economic stimulus for companies shaken by loss of business. The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations is working toward a massive trade liberalization deal with China and Japan to stoke commerce.

Obviously there’s going to be impact, but again we have the China-plus-one here, said Ralf Matthaes, founder of the Infocus Mekong Research consultancy in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, referring to investors with plants in China hoping to diversify into a second country.

There’s lots of people who are moving their factories here, so I think all [the coronavirus] does is emphasize that you’ve got to further decentralize your manufacturing bases, Matthaes said.

Southeast Asian manufacturers may diversify sources of supply, too, said Tham Siew Yean, professor emeritus at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. But this will impact costs since alternative sources, where available are more expensive, she said.

Several Southeast Asian countries hope interest rate cuts will stimulate corporate lending.

Indonesia, a coal, gas and rubber supplier, dropped rates to 4.75% last month against the risk of falling commodity prices. Chinese manufacturers usually buy those raw materials but orders slowed when many workers stayed home last month after the Lunar New Year.

Thailand lowered its rate to 1% last month because of its large exposure to Chinese tourism and reliance on Chinese auto manufacturing, Moody’s Analytics said in a February 26 research note. Malaysia could cut rates as well as consumer demand falls, the note says.

Singapore has reported the region’s biggest single-country outbreak, 98 cases, but media reports credit the city-state for getting its caseload contained. Singapore also raised government spending by 7%, despite a budget deficit, across two relief packages totaling $4 billion.

Malaysia and Indonesia came out with their own stimulus packages to combat impacts from the disease officially called Covid-19.

The Philippine economy will probably grow at least 6% this year because of rate cuts and infrastructure spending due to last through 2022, said Jonathan Ravelas, chief market strategist with Banco de Oro UniBank. The Asian Development Bank had forecast last year that the archipelago’s GDP would rise 6.2%.

New roads, airports and power generation projects, worth $180 billion, are expected to make the Philippines more attractive to manufacturers.

If we play our cards right by doing more infrastructure spending and hasten the pace, we can still grow at 6%, Ravelas said.

Responses such as these preceded a meeting Monday among senior ASEAN officials. Their economic ministers had been scheduled to meet this month in Las Vegas, but has been postponed.

ASEAN said last year that it would sign the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership with Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and possibly India at this year’s session. The deal would cut tariffs, a boon to exporters.

This will widen integration and as one of the largest international grouping it will provide a strong signal for the support of international trade despite the negative impact on trade from the COVID. Tham said.

Source: Voice of America

Seven suspected COVID-19 patients treated at Sulianti Saroso Hospital

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Seven patients suspected of having contracted the COVID-19 infection are currently undergoing treatment in isolation rooms at the Sulianti Saroso Infection Disease Hospital in Jakarta.

Three of the patients had earlier come in contact with two patients confirmed positive for coronavirus, while four others had a history of having visited an area suspected of being the location of coronavirus infection, Director of RSPI Sulianti Saroso Mohammad Syahril revealed here on Wednesday.

“The condition (overall) is good. However, they have symptoms of fever with cough and sore throat,” Syahril noted.

Specimens have been taken from the suspects, and the hospital is awaiting results of laboratory tests that are expected to be out tomorrow.

“Later, it will be announced,” Syahril noted.

A total of nine patients are currently under surveillance in connection with coronavirus treatment at the RSPI Sulianti Saroso, of which two have tested positive for COVID-19, according to President Joko Widodo’s announcement last Monday.

Syahril revealed that the condition of the two infected patients had shown gradual improvement.

“Until now, these two are getting better. The fever has gone, the cough is also lesser, and they can communicate well,” he remarked.

They have been receiving treatment at the hospital over the last four days. On Thursday, their fifth day, laboratory tests will again be conducted to confirm whether both still test positive or negative for the coronavirus infection.

If the laboratory test results show a negative result for coronavirus infection in both patients, then RSPI Sulianti Saroso will continue to care for them for another five days and later be re-tested to ensure the patients had completely recovered from COVID-19.

Source: ANTARA News

President seeks breakthroughs to handle COVID-19 pressure

Do nOt think that when the demand, supply, and production are disrupted, we do not respond to the issue and consider the situation ordinary.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has instructed ministries and non-ministerial government institutions to adopt innovative policies that can create breakthroughs amid the challenging economic situation owing to the coronavirus outbreak.

While opening a working meeting of the Trade Ministry at the State Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday, the president drew attention to the emergence of coronavirus that has made the economic situation more challenging, coupled with the ongoing US-China trade war.

He noted that ministries and non-ministerial government institutions must respond to the economic situation that is no longer normal through responsive policies.

The policies are deemed necessary to curtail the impact of coronavirus on each economic sector, including exports, imports, and production, he emphasized.

“The situation is very different due to the coronavirus. I have just reminded (all sides) that the coronavirus had disrupted demand, supply, and production. The demand includes consumption and investment,” he stated.

“Do not think that when the demand, supply, and production are disrupted, we do not respond to the issue and consider the situation ordinary,” he noted.

The president called on ministries to relax licensing procedures and streamline bureaucratic processes that hinder economic activities.

Jokowi had ordered the Trade Ministry to simplify the import licensing procedure to secure domestic stocks. As such, domestic supplies will suffice, and prices in the market will be stable.

“I want the working meeting today to focus on the issue only. Do not speak about something else. Once again the supply of goods must be sufficient. We will soon enter the fasting month of Ramadhan. Be careful about it,” he stated.

The president pointed to both Bank Indonesia (BI) and the Financial Service Authority (OJK) having relaxed their policies to facilitate economic recovery following the coronavirus outbreak.

The head of state expressed hope that both ministries and non-ministerial government institutions would take a cue from BI and OJK and follow suit.

Source: ANTARA News