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29
May

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Some 104,000 Indonesians have returned from abroad in the wake of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, according to Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi. The number rose by 4,676 as compared to a week earlier, Marsudi noted during a press conference in Jakarta on Thursday as quoted by Antara. Meanwhile, 8,256 Indonesian crew members of foreign-registered ships returned from 23 nations via Jakarta and Bali, increasing by 1,302 from the previous week, she pointed out. Marsudi stated that the number of Indonesians returning from 33 countries apart from crew members of foreign-registered ships and those from Malaysia rose by 864 to reach 6,472 as compared to the week ago. The government will continue to extend humanitarian assistance to Indonesian citizens impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic abroad//ANT

29
May

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Indonesia has started cloud seeding to induce rain, as the archipelago moves to head off annual forest fires blamed for blanketing swathes of Southeast Asia in toxic haze. Authorities deployed tens of thousands of personnel and water-bombing aircraft to tackle the fires, which are intentionally set to clear land for agriculture -- including on palm oil and pulp plantations. Over the past two weeks, Indonesia has started cloud seeding -- a technique that uses chemicals to induce rain -- in hotspot Riau province on Sumatra, with plans to roll it out in other parts of the island and in Borneo. The operations were to last throughout the dry season, which is expected to end around September. Tri Handoko Seto at the government-backed Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) said that they are taking this step before the forest fires start. The initial focus would be on swampy, carbon-rich peatlands which become highly flammable when they are drained of water to grow crops//JP/AFP

29
May

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently exchanged Eid al-Fitr greetings, and discussed COVID-19 response over the phone conversation, Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno LP Marsudi said at a press conference here on Thursday. The Foreign Minister said the two leaders also exchanged views on the implementation of the new normal and keeping the community productive, but safe from the novel coronavirus disease. The Indonesian government is currently preparing to implement a new normal order in a number of areas that have low COVID-19 transmission rates. Under the new normal, people would be allowed to carry out normal activities, but will be required to adhere to strict health protocols, such as maintaining a safe distance, wearing masks, and washing hands frequently. Initially, the new normal will be implemented in 25 districts in four provinces. It will also be introduced in certain sectors, including tourism//ANT

29
May

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Indonesia will follow the World Health Organization’s lead, in suspending the use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 treatment, as part of the global Solidarity Trials, according to the COVID-19 task force. Team leader of the Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling, Wiku Adisasmito, said during a press conference on Thursday in Jakarta as quoted by Antara. Wiku confirmed the WHO has temporarily halted Solidarity Trials of hydroxychloroquine, and said it will provide the results of its final assessment regarding the use of the malaria drug for COVID-19 treatment in two weeks. More than 30 countries are participating in the Solidarity Trial, a WHO initiative for joint research and clinical testing to develop drugs and therapies for COVID-19 treatment. The Solidarity Trial will compare standard treatment against treatment using four types of drugs, namely remdesivir, liponavir / ritonavir, liponavir / ritonavir combined with beta-1 interferon, and chloroquine//ANT