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Regions with low COVID-19 cases can apply new normal: Jokowi

Jakarta President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) highlighted that a new normal can solely be applied in regions with reportedly low cases of COVID-19 transmission backed by scientific data.

“We must not attempt to apply a new normal while it is in fact not possible based on the (COVID-19 cases) data. Do not force it. Hence, the stages must be prepared,” President Jokowi remarked during his working visit to the COVID-19 Handling Command Post in Semarang, Central Java, on Tuesday.

Jokowi highlighted the significance of each regional head and Task Force for the Acceleration of Handling COVID-19 to hold scientific data.

Regional heads and the COVID-19 Task Force for the Acceleration of Handling must always involve practitioners, such as epidemiologists, scientists, and medical personnel, in the decision-making process, he noted.

“Do not ever open up to the new ‘new normal’ order without going through the appropriate steps. Every time we make a policy, please use scientific data,” he remarked.

Prior to transitioning to the new normal, the local government must disseminate information to the public on the significance of adhering to health protocols.

Thereafter, regional heads and the local Task Force must decide on the right time to transition to the new normal era.

“Lest we dare to embark on the new normal while R-t is still high, above 1, and R-naught is still high. Be careful. Do not formulate policies that are not backed by clear scientific data,” he noted.

On Monday, President Jokowi had called on his ministers to go beyond their usual realm of operation and make a breakthrough to address challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. “With this good opportunity, once again, I urge that we must not work linearly. I seek a breakthrough that the community can witness and is expected to truly have an impact on accelerating this handling,” the president remarked while chairing a limited cabinet meeting on COVID-19 handling at the Merdeka Palace here on Monday.

Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, several ministers, and heads of state institutions attended the meeting, albeit with compliance to the health protocols.

He sought the deployment of more health workers and medical devices in several provinces where the COVID-19 transmission rate was still high.


Source: Antara News


Ministers to face the heat over low budget disbursal: Jokowi


Jakarta President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) claimed to be monitoring the realization of the ministry and/or agency budget on a daily basis and vowed to directly take to task related ministers over low budget disbursement.

“I have ordered all ministries and institutions to spend the existing budget, and I monitor it every day,” President Jokowi remarked during a visit to the COVID-19 Handling Command Post in Semarang, Central Java, on Tuesday.

President Jokowi spoke of keeping tabs on the amount of budget disbursement of every ministry and state agency on a daily basis.

The head of state emphasized that if the realization of the budget absorption did not align with his expectations, he will immediately contact the minister and the head of the relevant institution to notify them and issue a warning to this end.

“If the budget disbursement is still low, I make a call immediately and directly reprimand the minister or the head of the institution,” he affirmed.

The head of state highlighted the need for such measure to ensure that ministry’s budget disbursements can be expedited, thereby contributing to an increase in money supply and stimulating the economy.

The president pointed out that the COVID-19 pandemic had worsened liquidity woes and impacted the people’s economy.

“Do not allow the decrease in the level of money in circulation to further continue. We must continue to push these expenditures, so that the circulation of money in the community can increase,” President Jokowi noted.

Earlier, during the cabinet plenary session on June 18, Jokowi had strongly rebuked ministers and leaders of state institutions deemed slow in realizing the COVID-19 handling policy.

The head of state also alluded to the cabinet reshuffle option in front of the Onward Indonesia Cabinet Ministers.

“It can (lead to) dissolution of institutions and (cabinet) reshuffles. My thoughts have gone everywhere. If the need arises, perhaps issue another government decree in place of the state law (Perppu,” President Jokowi stated in a video uploaded through the YouTube channel of the Presidential Secretariat, Sunday, June 28.


Source: Antara News


Bali: 7 doctors contract COVID-19, admitted to Udayana hospital

Badung,Bali Seven doctors in Bali Province have been admitted to the Udayana University Hospital after testing positive for the novel coronavirus disease, the hospital’s director, Dewa Putu Gede Purwa Samatra, revealed on Tuesday.

The condition of the infected doctors is stable, Samatra told journalists here.

The doctors, who include specialists such as an obstetrician and an internist, were sent to the Udayana hospital from several local hospitals, he added.

One of the doctors has diabetes mellitus, but his condition has so far remained stable, Samatra informed.

He said the university hospital is currently treating about 80 COVID-19 inpatients, out of whom, eight are still under surveillance as the results of their swab tests are not yet available.

Since the end of May, the university hospital has been able to receive more COVID-19 patients due to the availability of more health equipment, he noted. The hospital is conducting 40 to 50 swab tests a day for those in need, he said.

COVID-19, which has proved to be among the most challenging crises in human history, initially surfaced in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019.

Since then, the pandemic has spread to over 215 countries and territories, including 34 provinces of Indonesia, with a massive spike in death toll. East Java and Jakarta are the two Indonesian provinces that have reported a high number of confirmed cases.

The Indonesian government officially confirmed the country’s first cases on March 2 this year. As of June 29, 2020, the country has recorded 55,092 confirmed cases, said spokesperson for COVID-19 handling, Achmad Yurianto, citing data from the Indonesian Ministry of Health.

Of the total number of confirmed patients, 23,800 have been discharged from hospitals, while 2,805 others have succumbed to the deadly virus.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has hit the tourism industry in Bali hard. Bali is Indonesia’s most popular tourist destination, with most residents relying on the tourism industry.


Source: Antara News


Indonesia’s COVID-19 recovery rate at 41.48%, CFR 5.15%


Jakarta The recovery rate among COVID-19 patients in Indonesia has been recorded at 41.48 percent, while the country’s case fatality rate (CFR) has been pegged at 5.15 percent, government spokesperson for COVID-19 handling, Achmad Yurianto, said.

Indonesia’s recovery rate is slightly below the world average of 54.15 percent, Yurianto said here on Monday. Meanwhile, the global CFR average stands at 5.01 percent, he added.

Some provinces in Indonesia have recorded a better recovery rate than the world average, he noted.

“Referring to the world average, there are 18 provinces that have (shown) a better recovery rate. Five of them have (witnessed) an over 80-percent recovery rate, namely Bangka Belitung, Yogyakarta, Central Sulawesi, West Sulawesi, and Gorontalo,” he remarked.

In terms of the case fatality rate, 23 provinces have recorded lower rates than the world average.

“Our optimism for COVID-19 patient recovery has improved,” Yurianto said.

He said Indonesia has conducted mass tests to detect the novel coronavirus disease, and has registered a PCR test ratio of 2,779 per million of population.

Some provinces have recorded a higher PCR test ratio — West Sumatra (7,168 per million of population), South Sumatra (2,889 per million), Jakarta (21,406 per million), Bali (7,151 per million), South Sulawesi (5,021 per million), and Papua (4,436 per million).

Meanwhile, provinces which need to increase their PCR testing ratio are East Java, which has a ratio of 1,428 per million, and South Kalimantan (2,281 per million), Yurianto said.


Source: Antara News

Jakarta adds 213 new COVID-19 cases and 68 recoveries but no death

Jakarta The capital city Jakarta added 213 new COVID-19 cases and 68 recoveries, but there was no new death on Saturday.

The capital city’s COVID-19 tally reached 10,853 people, up by 213 from 10,640 cases on the previous day, Dwi Oktavia Tatri Lestari Handayani, Head of the Disease Prevention and Control Division of the Jakarta Health Office, said here on Saturday evening.

The total number of COVID-19 patients recovering reached 5,610 people, compared to 5,542 people on Friday, while the death toll remained at 632.

As many as 1,355 patients were undergoing treatment at hospital, and 3,256 people were doing self-isolation at home.

“The number of people under monitoring (ODP) is 26,342 people, and patients under supervision (PDP) is 17,481 people,” she said.

Until June 26, 2020, a total of 283,137 samples have been examined with Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests to trace COVID-19 cases in five regions of Jakarta, notably East Jakarta, West Jakarta, South Jakarta, North Jakarta and Seribu Islands.

A total of 227,323 people have undergone rapid tests with a confirmed COVID-19 case percentage at four percent, or 7,952 people, while 219,371 people were declared nonreactive.

Jakarta imposed Large-Scale Social Distancing (PSBB) measures from April until June 3, 2020. Starting from June 4 until late June, the capital city has been implementing a transitional PSBB ahead of ushering in the new normal.

During the transitional period, several malls and amusement centers and tourist attractions have been allowed to reopen under stringent health protocols, which prescribe measures such as maintaining physical distance, wearing face masks, washing hands frequently, and spraying disinfectants.



Source: Antara News