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BPK will audit the procurement and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, immediately


The Indonesian Audit Board (BPK) said it would immediately audit procurement and distribution activities for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Chairperson of BPK Agung Firman Sampurna in an official statement to the media on Saturday (Jan 9), stated this was to ensure that these activities were carried out in a transparent and accountable manner in accordance with established regulations. 

Agung stated previously that his party had received a visit from the Minister of State-Owned Enterprises, Erick Thohir and Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin on Friday.

He stated that the meeting was held to discuss the implementation of vaccine procurement and distribution which was carried out in the emergency condition of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic that occurred in Indonesia. 

In addition, they also discussed issues that are indicated as risks in vaccine procurement and distribution activities. (CNNInd/translated by PUTRI)


The Minister of Agriculture: the soybean problem is under control


Minister of Agriculture Syahrul Yasin Limpo said the problems related to soybeans were under control, following the price hike due to reduced supply amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This was conveyed by the Minister of Agriculture during a visit to the slaughterhouse (RPH) in Gowa Regency, South Sulawesi, Saturday. 

According to him, the increase in soybean prices was due to a global contraction in the midst of the corona pandemic. In addition, soybeans have been imported and the price is cheaper than local products. 

There was also panic buying so that soybean imports entering Indonesia also decreased and had an impact on the purchase price of soybeans, he said as quoted by Antara. 

Currently, soybeans abroad are brought up by a country, so the price has increased. For this reason, the Ministry of Agriculture is now preparing for soybean cultivation. (Antara/translated by PUTRI)


The DKI Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan 


Governor Anies Baswedan stressed on the pivotal role of inter-institutional and inter-regional cross-sectoral and integral policies in ably battling the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in the Indonesian capital city, Jakarta.

Furthermore, the governor highlighted that on the basis of data so far, a link could be drawn between positive cases in Jakarta and the adjoining areas that influence one another according to the laboratory test data since positive cases not only constitute DKI Jakarta residents but also those residing around Jakarta's buffer area. The DKI provincial government has expressed support owing to the close relations between Jakarta and the buffer areas with regard to the policy of Enforcement of Restrictions on Community Activities (PPKM) in Java and Bali, including Jakarta, on January 11-25, 2021.The DKI Jakarta provincial government issued Governor Regulation (Pergub) Number 3 of 2021 that mandates the tightening of Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) from Monday (Jan 11) to January 25, 2021, in order to follow up on the central government’s directive to suppress cases of exposure to COVID-19.

The central government's directive is a policy announced by Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, concurrently Chairman of the Committee for Handling COVID-19 and National Economic Recovery, Airlangga Hartarto, on Wednesday that declares a tightening of activities in several cities of Java and Bali, including Jakarta.

"This decision is also driven by the COVID-19 situation in Jakarta in recent times that has tended to be worrisome. We are currently at the point of the highest active cases at around 17,383. Active cases are the number of people, who are currently positive for COVID-19 and have not been declared cured, both those treated in health facilities and in independent isolation," Baswedan remarked//ANT


Mount Merapi located in the Central Java and Yogyakarta border


Mount Merapi, located between Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces, on Saturday released a column of hot cloud rising 200 meters above the crater and reaching nearly 600 meters toward the upstream of Kali Krasak River. Eruption of the pyroclastic cloud occurred at 8:45 a.m. local time for a duration of 120 seconds and with a maximum amplitude of 45 mm, Hanik Humaida, head of the Center for Geological Disaster Research and Technology Development (BPPTKG), noted in a statement here on Saturday in Yogyakarta.

During the observation period from 6 to 12 a.m. local time, the BPPTKG also recorded seven lava avalanches, with a maximum glide distance of 500 meters toward the upstream of Kali Krasak.Based on visual observations, white smoke of moderate to thick intensity appeared, reaching 100 meters high above the crater’s peak. 

The BPPTKG maintains the status of Mount Merapi at Level III or Alert. The potential danger due to the eruption of Merapi is estimated to be within a maximum radius of five kilometers from the summit. Tourism, climbing, and mining activities in rivers, whose upstream are located on the slopes of Mount Merapi, are recommended to be put on hold//ANT