04
August

One Data Indonesia supports recovery from COVID-19 impacts: Minister

Screen grab of Minister of National Development Planning/Head of National Planning Agency, Suharso Monoarfa, delivering his address during in the virtual session to raise awareness of SDI from Jakarta, Monday (3/8/2020). ANTARA/Dewa Wiguna/ac.

National Development Planning Minister/Head of the National Planning Agency Suharso Monoarfa affirmed that the Satu Data Indonesia (One Data Indonesia/SDI) will support economic recovery efforts and social reforms impacted by COVID-19 in 2021.

"The role of One Data Indonesia is very important in supporting the focused 2021 development efforts," he remarked during the virtual session to raise awareness on SDI from Jakarta, Monday.

Monoarfa believed that the SDI is a policy on governance to produce accurate, updated, integrated, accountable, and accessible data.

It is also segregated between the central and regional agencies by meeting data standards, checking metadata, ensuring data interoperability, and by using reference codes and master data.

Monoarfa noted that the government, through the Ministry of National Development Planning/ National Development Planning Agency, is finalizing the 2021 Government Work Plan design in expediting economic recovery and social reform for national recovery that is adaptive and responsive after being hit by COVID-19.

He affirmed that development in 2021 will prioritize economic recovery through the tourism industry sector and investment, national health system reform, social protection system reform, resilience against disaster system, food resilience, and education freedom.

Meanwhile, the seven national priority agendas for 2021 include to strengthen economic resilience for quality and equitable development as well as to boost competitiveness and quality of human resources.

It also encompasses strengthening infrastructure to support economic development and basic services, restore and protect the environment, and boost resilience against disasters and climate change.

President Joko Widodo had earlier signed Presidential Regulation No. 39 of 2019 on One Data Indonesia, with the aim of allowing the government to compile data through a single accurate, updated, integrated, and accessible channel.

The data provided include those on food stock, energy, infrastructure, maritime, education, health, education, economy, industry, tourism, and bureaucracy. (ANTARA)

04
August

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is articulating a new-fangled strategy for campaign to propagate health protocols to stop the transmission of COVID-19, including by conducting bi-weekly awareness drives and involving Family Welfare Movement members.

"I want that our focus remains unwavering on health protocols and changing the people's outlook. I want focused (approaches). For instance, we focus on campaigning for the use of masks in two weeks and then in the next two weeks, we campaign on maintaining a safe distance or washing hands," the president noted at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Monday.

Jokowi made the statement at a limited meeting themed "COVID-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery," with attendees comprising ministers of the Onward Indonesia Cabinet.

"I think it is important to not collectively campaign for hand-washing, maintaining distance, avoiding crowds, and wearing masks. If we do them together, I think the upper middle class citizens can quickly comprehend it, but it needs to be done one-by-one for the lower-class communities," the president remarked.(ANTARA)

03
August

Jayapura's COVID-19 recoveries increased to 181: task force

Jayapura District's COVID-19 Task Force Spokesman Khairul. (ANTARA/HO-Jayapura District's Task Force for Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling)

The COVID-19 recoveries in Jayapura District, Papua Province, has increased from 163 to 181 people after 15 inpatients were confirmed to have fully recovered from the novel coronavirus disease on Saturday, according to the district's COVID-19 task force.

The 15 recovered patients had been discharged from a local hospital but they remain required to avoid crowds and practice preventive measures mandated in the government's health protocols, the task force's spokesman, Khairul, said in Sentani,Papua, Sunday.

The recovered patients had reunited with their respective families, he said, adding that as of Sunday, 91 COVID-19 patients are still hospitalized in the district, while the number of suspected COVID-19 cases was recorded at 1,096.

Some 2,413 other people have taken swab tests, and they currently wait for the resting results, he added.

Coronavirus infections initially surfaced in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019.

Since then, COVID-19 has spread to over 215 countries and territories, including 34 provinces of Indonesia, with a massive spurt in death toll.

Papua is one of the Indonesian provinces which has been striving to flatten the coronavirus curve.

In the wake of this pandemic situation, several khateebs of mosques in Indonesia holding the Idul Adha mass prayers on Friday reminded worshippers to support the government's endeavor to flatten the COVID-19 curve and to revive the country's economy.

The khateeb of Al Mujtahidin Mosque in the Abepura neighborhood of Jayapura City, Papua Province, also urged his Idul Adha mass prayer worshippers to pray for the Indonesian government's success in fighting the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

"The Idul Adha festivity is expected to offer a momentum to drive our government's spirit to fight the novel coronavirus disease," according to Abdul Azis, a Muslim preacher, who became the khateeb of the Idul Adha mass prayers at the mosque on Friday morning.

As of August 1, 2020, Indonesia recorded 1,560 fresh cases, while 2,012 people recovered from the coronavirus disease, according to the COVID-19 Handling Task Force.

The country's tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 109,936, including a total of 67,919 recoveries since President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) made an announcement of Indonesia's first confirmed cases on March 2, 2020.

The number of people succumbing to COVID-19 surged by 62, thereby bringing the death toll to 5,193.

A total of 11,190 specimens from 9,355 people were examined at 320 laboratories across Indonesia on Saturday noon, thereby bringing the total number of specimens examined to 1,517,381 from 875,894 people. (ANTARA)

 

03
August

People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo in Bali (mpr.go.id)

People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo praised Balinese people's consistency in practicing preventive measures mandated in health protocols to help boost the economic recovery of this Indonesia's world-class tourist destination.

The implementation of the government's mandated health protocols was observed in the Balinese people's daily lives, and along with traditional guards, locally known as pecalang, heads of villages monitor it, he said in a statement in Jakarta Sunday.

"The Balinese people have prioritized their local wisdoms called 'Pararem Gering COVID-19' in promoting a public discipline amid the novel coronavirus pandemic situation," he said regarding his meeting with the Pecalangs in Jimbaran Village on Saturday.

In Bali, under the tight surveillance of the Pecalangs, each villager wanting to venture outdoors must have their village head's permit. They are also obliged to wear face masks, he said.

The violators of this mandated health protocols would be given social sanctions, such as providing five kilograms of rice, sweeping road, and cleaning public facilities, he said.

"The pecalangs have become the vanguards to ensure that their residents are well disciplined in supporting the COVID-19-related prevention efforts," Bambang Soesatyo said.

As a result of this highly-disciplined communities, the economic recovery of this Indonesia's resort island could immediately be reached, he said.

oronavirus infections initially surfaced in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019.

Since then, COVID-19 has spread to over 215 countries and territories, including 34 provinces of Indonesia, with a huge rise in death toll.

This COVID-19 pandemic has become a serious health and economic problem owing to its tremendous impacts on Indonesia's business sectors, including tourism industry.

According to the Jakarta Post quoting data from the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (July 14, 2020), the coronavirus pandemic has erased around Rp 85 trillion (US$5.87 billion) of Indonesia's tourism revenue.

The coronavirus pandemic has not only disrupted global supply chains but it has also affected aviation service industries owing to the imposition of travel restrictions and border closure in many countries.

As of August 1, 2020, Indonesia recorded 1,560 fresh cases, while 2,012 people recovered from the coronavirus disease, according to the COVID-19 Handling Task Force.

The country's tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 109,936, including a total of 67,919 recoveries since President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) made an announcement of Indonesia's first confirmed cases on March 2, 2020.

The number of people succumbing to COVID-19 surged by 62, thereby bringing the death toll to 5,193.

A total of 11,190 specimens from 9,355 people were examined at 320 laboratories across Indonesia on Saturday noon, thereby bringing the total number of specimens examined to 1,517,381 from 875,894 people. (ANTARA)

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