Nouvarah Ahdiba

Nouvarah Ahdiba



Indonesian Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto handed over 1,000 rapid test kits to Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital (RSD) for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) treatment in Kemayoran, here, on Saturday.

"The Indonesian Minister of Health Terawan handed over a three-strip rapid test kits for handling COVID-19 patients, because the rapid test tool currently being used in Wisma Atlet Hospital has only two strips," Head of the Indonesian Military's Health Center Major General Dr. Bambang Dwi Hasto, said in a statement.

During his visit, Terawan also reviewed the readiness of the emergency hospital's Tower IV, Tower V, and Tower VI which have been converted into facilities to treat patients infected with COVID-19.

Currently, only Tower VII is fully in operational, while other towers are being prepared to anticipate in case the number of inpatients increases.

On early Sunday, the emergency hospital treated a total of 840 inpatients, rising 16 from 824 inpatients on the previous day.

They comprised 508 men and 332 women. Of the total, 723 patients tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease, 57 patients under surveillance (PDP), and 60 under monitoring (ODP), Yudo Margono, head of the emergency hospital, said in a statement here on Sunday.

The number of confirmed cases at the hospital increased by 22 to reach 723, from 701 on Saturday, he remarked.

The number of PDP cases decreased by seven people, from 64 to reach 57, while ODP cases increased by one person, from 59 to 60 patients.

The Kemayoran Athlete's Village was converted into an emergency hospital and officially inaugurated by President Joko Widodo on March 23. The hospital has a total capacity to accommodate 12 thousand people.

Meanwhile, Government Spokesperson for COVID-19 Response Achmad Yurianto reported that patients recovering from COVID-19 rose by 40 to reach 1,042, while confirmed cases touched 8,607 across Indonesia as of noon of April 25, 2020.(ANTARA)



State-owned enterprise airline Garuda Indonesia halts its flights operating in eight areas across Indonesia enacting the Large-Scale Social Distancing (PSBB) measure over concerns of coronavirus transmission, effective from April 25.

This is a measure adopted in compliance with the Ministry of Transportation's regulation on preventing Muslims from partaking in the exodus during the Ramadhan season in order to restrict people’s movements, as it is expected to contain the spread of COVID-19.
In accordance with the rules, domestic flights should be temporarily halted over some areas implementing PSBB or those demarcated as red zones of the disease from April 24 through May 31.

Taking into account that today is a period for disseminating information, Garuda Indonesia is still operating flights with no such exception in the areas covered until midnight, the airline's President Director, Irfan Setiaputra, noted in a statement issued on Friday, April 24

"Thus, starting from tomorrow, Saturday, April 25, at 12 a.m. local time, Garuda Indonesia will not operate flights on domestic routes linked to all areas with the PSBB status or the red zones of COVID-19," Setiaputra clarified.

"As per today, eight areas enacting PSBB are Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung, Pekanbaru, Makassar, region of West Sumatra, Banjarmasin, and Tarakan," he noted, adding that Garuda Indonesia will cover other areas as usual.

The airline has ensured to waive administrative fee for the flight adjustment processes of rerouting and rescheduling as well as providing airplane vouchers aligned with the regulations. (ANTARA)



Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi, at a ministerial-level videoconference meeting between ASEAN and the US, Thursday, emphasized that the strategic partnership between both sides should be utilized to optimally handle the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We emphasize that although each country faces severe challenges at home, if we unite and help one another, the burden will be lighter," she affirmed while delivering a press statement virtually, following the meeting.

At the meeting, with attendees comprising ASEAN Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and all foreign ministers of ASEAN member countries, Indonesia suggested to forge innovative cooperation, particularly to cater to the demand for medical equipment and medications.

"For the short term, Indonesia reiterates the importance of cooperation in developing vaccines, and once vaccines are available, Indonesia consistently emphasizes vaccine accessibility for developing countries and least developed countries," she noted.

The minister said for the long term, Indonesia believes that future ASEAN-US cooperation should prioritize bolstering the resilience of the health system through the development of a region-wide disease control structure, among others.

Indonesia also proposed the reallocation of funds from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) under the Inclusive Growth in ASEAN through the Innovation program, Trade and E-commerce (IGNITE) and the Partnership for Regional Optimization within the Political-Security and Socio-Cultural Communities (PROSPECT).

"Indonesia also emphasizes the importance of strong, shared, and coordinated global leadership in coping with the pandemic and its good impact on the social economy," Marsudi remarked.

The US, as one of ASEAN's strategic partners, has provided a total of US$35.3 million for handling the COVID-19 outbreak in the region.

Specifically for Indonesia, the aid allocation of over $3 million is channeled through the World Health Organization (WHO) and several research institutions in the form of laboratories, supervision, and the supply of medical devices, including personal protective equipment and reagents.




The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$1.5-billion budget support for Indonesia to help the nation deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on public health, livelihoods, and the economy.

The ADB's budget support is expected to help the Indonesian Government respond to challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak, ADB president Masatsugu Asakawa said in a press statement on the bank's official website that ANTARA accessed from Jakarta on Thursday.

Asakawa said the budget support would be utilized by the government with a strong focus on “the poor and the vulnerable”, including women.
"The quick-disbursing financing is part of a larger support package that ADB will provide to help Indonesia respond to COVID-19, in close coordination with other development partners," he revealed.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a debilitating health, social, and economic impact on Indonesia, he noted.

"I commend the government on its response to the pandemic, including strong and well-coordinated economic and fiscal measures," he added.
In connection with the ADB’s budget support, Indonesia's Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati was quoted as saying that ADB’s assistance was "timely" and would "help the government implement comprehensive measures to mitigate the devastating impact of COVID-19."
"We appreciate the speed of ADB's response and close engagement with the government to support the urgent needs of Indonesia," Indrawati was quoted as saying in the ADB press statement.

ADB president Asakawa visited Indonesia from 2–4 March and met with President Joko Widodo, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, and other senior officials.
On 27 March, he and Sri Mulyani discussed Indonesia's COVID-19 response and how ADB would back the country's endeavors to tackle the spread of the virus.
The coronavirus disease initially struck the city of Wuhan in China at the end of 2019.

Since then, it has spread to at least 202 countries and territories, including Indonesia, with a massive spurt in death toll.

As of April 23, Indonesia has recorded 7,775 confirmed COVID-19 cases. While the death toll from the virus has touched 647, as many as 960 patients have recovered from the infection so far. (ANTARA)