Rabu, 27 Mei 2020

Tangerang, Depok, Bekasi at highest COVID-19 risk in Greater Jakarta: Task force - Jakarta Post

Tangerang, Depok, Bekasi at highest COVID-19 risk in Greater Jakarta: Task force - Jakarta Post

COVID-19 task force head of expert staff Wiku Adisasmito has said that Tangerang city, Depok city, Bekasi city and Bekasi regency have the highest risk of COVID-19 transmission in Greater Jakarta based on a recent increase in cases.

"We’ve made a map of the risk of COVID-19 transmission based on public health criteria by the WHO,” Wiku said in an online press conference on Tuesday.

“In Greater Jakarta, we can see that there are areas that have moderate risk and high risk. The areas that have high risk are Tangerang city, Depok city, Bekasi city and Bekasi regency," he added.

Wiku said that according to the map, Jakarta was at moderate risk because the province had shown a 17.6 percent decline in weekly new cases. 

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"However, when people who participated in mudik  [exodus] return to Jakarta, the capital could see a second wave," he added.

Wiku said the mapping was based on epidemiology, the health system and public health surveillance.

"The epidemiology indicator consisted of transmission rates, fatality rates, the number of patients under surveillance [PDP] and people under monitoring [ODP]," he said.

The health system indicator is measured by the hospital facilities, the availability of beds and the quantity of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers.

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Public health surveillance refers to the local health system’s ability to test, monitor and trace the contacts of residents.

Wiku said the COVID-19 task force had mapped the risk of COVID-19 transmission in all affected regions of the country on a mobile application called Bersatu Lawan Covid (BLC), which is accessible to the public.

"The WHO advises every country to map the transmission risk based on public health criteria to determine whether a region is ready to resume normal social and economic activity. [...] It can also be used as a guideline for each region to determine whether they need to implement or loosen large-scale social restrictions [PSBB]," he said. (nal)

2020-05-27 23:01:00Z

Jumat, 22 Mei 2020

Depok Hospital Closes as 27 Medics Infected with COVID-19 - English

Depok Hospital Closes as 27 Medics Infected with COVID-19 - English

TEMPO.CO, Depok - Depok Regional Hospital (RSUD) decided to temporarily halt its operations for the next 14 days after 27 medical workers were found infected with the new coronavirus or COVID-19 through swab tests.

Hospital director Devi Maryori said the the hospital was closed from May 22 until June 8, 2020. “Two weeks ago, as many as 12 healthcare officers tested positive, we then conducted isolation and swab tests for other officers who made contacts with them,” said Devi on Friday, May 22.

The tests came out on Thursday afternoon, May 21, revealing that 15 other workers carried the virus. “So in order to anticipate transmission to our patients, we report it to the mayor and task force, asking for a permit to close the polyclinics for 14 days,” she added.

Since the hospital was tapped as the coronavirus disease special hospital on May 4, non-virus disease cases are treated in the polyclinics. As many workers positive for the virus are stationed in the polyclinics, the services are now suspended.

“In fact, none of them treat COVID-19 patients. They work in the laboratory, the roentgen unit, the polyclinics, and the operation room,” the hospital director explained.

At present, medical workers diagnosed with the novel coronavirus infection are being isolated in Depok Hospital. “We have set up several rooms. I order all positive workers to be treated in the hospital. The task force also instructed the same in a bid to prevent virus transmission to their families,” Devi said.


2020-05-22 07:27:22Z

Selasa, 19 Mei 2020

INDONESIA University students provide food to people in Depok affected by the COVID-19 pandemic - AsiaNews

INDONESIA University students provide food to people in Depok affected by the COVID-19 pandemic - AsiaNews

A group of 15 students handed out food to people newly impoverished by the coronavirus. In less than two months, they have provided 660 meals. For one of the organisers, their action is but scratching the surface, yet it helps. Since the start of the pandemic, millions of people have found themselves in extreme difficulty; two million have lost their jobs.

Jakarta (AsiaNews/Agencies) – With the coronavirus pandemic leaving many Indonesians destitute, a group of university students decided to take matters in their own hands and provide free meals to vulnerable workers, like rickshaw drivers and trash collectors, left unemployed and in precarious conditions by the lockdown.

According to some associations, millions of people have fallen into extreme poverty since the start of the pandemic and are struggling to get money each day for food.

So far Indonesia has reported more than 18,000 cases with almost 1,200 deaths. In Asia, this is the largest number of deaths after China.

“This is the time for us to act,” said 19-year-old Sherina Redjo, one of the university students behind the initiative in Depok, a satellite town on the outskirts of the capital Jakarta

On their motorcycles, the volunteers distribute food parcels four times a week ahead of the evening meal that breaks the Ramadan fast.

For Redjo, what they do just scratches the surface of the problem, but no matter how small it is “it will certainly help” people in difficulty.

The group estimates that they have handed out more than 660 meals since they started in mid-March.

The coronavirus outbreak has cost some 2 million people their jobs in just six weeks, setting back by a decade the efforts made by  the government to eradicate poverty.

Volunteers collect donations on social media, and on a good day, they can raise enough money for 50 food parcels.

“I thank them [the volunteers] so much for giving me this package and I pray for their generosity,” said Bambang, a cycle rickshaw driver.

“We are focusing on providing dinner so that at least they can sleep with their bellies full,” said Luqmanul Hakim Yullyadi, 19, the group’s designated cook, who “joined because I feel pity and sympathy for many of my friends whose parents’ income was disrupted because of this pandemic”.

2020-05-18 15:27:14Z

Senin, 11 Mei 2020

Indonesia's 'rice ATMs' provide staple amid corona crunch : The Asahi Shimbun - Asahi Shimbun

Indonesia's 'rice ATMs' provide staple amid corona crunch : The Asahi Shimbun - Asahi Shimbun

DEPOK, Indonesia--The global pandemic has left millions of Indonesians struggling to make ends meet. Now the authorities are rolling out “rice ATMs” in a bid to ensure greater access for those in need to the essential Asian staple.

This month Linda Syafri, a 28-year-old expectant mother was among the many who lined up in masks at a military base in Depok, on the outskirts of the capital Jakarta, for their 1.5-kilogram rice ration.

“I was laid off by my company last week and my husband was laid off too without severance pay,” said Syafri. “Although it (the rice subsidy) is not that much, it is very helpful in this situation.”

The rice dispensary, one of 10 in and around Jakarta, is part of a government initiative to assist those worst affected by the coronavirus outbreak, which has caused millions to lose their jobs in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.

Stacked with kilos of good-quality rice and operated by magnetic cards, the tall automated teller machines look much like normal cashpoints, only that they pump out grain instead of banknotes.

“Each day we prepare 1.5 tons (of rice) for around 1,000 residents,” said Ibrahim, an army official supervising distribution who uses one name like many Indonesians. “We will continue doing it every day, without rest, even on weekends, we will distribute non-stop.”

Indonesia announced a $25 billion (2.6 trillion yen) stimulus package in March in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, pledging to provide social welfare for up to 10 million households, including food assistance and electricity tariff discounts.

In the sprawling developing nation where millions work in the informal sector, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati told parliament last week the coronavirus had set efforts to eradicate poverty back a decade.

Residents eligible for the rice ration include daily wage earners, the unemployed, those who do not own a house and people who live below the poverty line.

More than 14,000 Indonesians have contracted the coronavirus since early March, with 991 killed by the disease, the highest death toll in East Asia outside China.

Despite a lack of evidence the government has flattened the COVID-19 curve, or slowed the rate of new infections, the administration of President Joko Widodo is eager to resume economic activity and ease social restrictions--a move critics have described as premature.

2020-05-12 03:26:00Z

Selasa, 05 Mei 2020

Depok Govt Preparing Criminal Sanctions for PSBB Violators - English

Depok Govt Preparing Criminal Sanctions for PSBB Violators - English

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Depok City Government, West Java, is currently preparing criminal sanctions for violators of the enactment of the Large Scale Social Restriction (PSBB) policy.

“To complete the enforcement of PSBB rules, Depok Mayor Regulation Number 32/2020 has been issued concerning the Amendment of Mayor Regulation Number 22/2020 concerning the Implementation of PSBB in Handling COVID-19 in Depok," said Mayor of Depok, Mohammad Idris, in a written statement, on Tuesday, May 6, 2020.

Since May 4, 2020, aside from criminal sanctions, violators may also receive administrative sanctions in the form of oral reprimands, written warnings, disbandment of crowds, or suspension of activities administered by the Depok Public Order Agency (Satpol PP).

In addition to penning the Mayor Regulation, Idris has also issued Depok Mayor Instruction Number 3/2020 concerning the ‘Care for Neighbors’ (Nyaba Tetangga Online) program, which stipulates for Sub-District Chiefs to involve their community in the program.

The ‘Care for Neighbors’ program invites members of the community to greet each other online and to provide emotional support or necessary assistance, in accordance with COVID-19 health protocols. “This is to build empathy among the community,” he added.


2020-05-06 06:36:38Z

COVID-19, Jakarta Urged to Synchronize with Satellite Cities - English

COVID-19, Jakarta Urged to Synchronize with Satellite Cities - English

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Minister of Home Affairs, Tito Karnavian, has called for Jakarta to synchronize with its satellite cities, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi (Bodetabek), in handling the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Our thoughts are the same; to face and resolve the COVID-19 problem. We must have the same narrative," the minister said in his release, on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

According to Tito, the capital is seemingly inseparable with its satellite cities. As the borders result from topographic conditions, they share a reciprocal relationship.

“It’s different compared to, let’s say, Babel (Bangka Belitung), Kepri (the Riau Islands), or Bali, there clearly is a natural difference. But, Jakarta and its surrounding areas, they don’t have one (a natural difference). So that the dynamics that occur is that, we know the population is 10 million, but every day it can become dozens of millions from people going back and forth, commuters, from Tangerang, Depok, Bekasi and Bogor,"  he explained.

The former national police chief emphasized that any occurrence in the capital will rapidly impact its neighbor cities.

“Now regarding COVID-19, the first (patient) is a Depok resident. Although some say (the outbreak) has started long before that, the first (patient) officially exposed is a Depok resident. She had her activities in Jakarta; this encapsulates the reciprocal relationship between Jakarta and Depok and its other satellite cities,” Tito continued.

On the other hand, with the capital now recording the highest number of COVID-19 positive cases compared to other regions in Indonesia, residents of Jakarta’s nearby cities will similarly be impacted by the outbreak.

“As many Depok residents work in Jakarta, the same goes for other satellite cities,” he added.

ANTARA | Translator: DIO SUHENDA (Intern)

2020-05-05 16:50:06Z

Minggu, 03 Mei 2020

Indonesia reports 349 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths - CNA

Indonesia reports 349 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths - CNA

JAKARTA: Indonesia reported 349 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infections in the Southeast Asian country to 11,192, health ministry official Achmad Yurianto said on Sunday (May 3). 

Yurianto said 14 new coronavirus-related deaths were confirmed, bringing the total to 845.

More than 83,000 people have been tested for the virus, he added.

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In Jakarta, the number of burials was close to record highs in April, indicating there may have been many more deaths from COVID-19 in the city than have been officially recorded.

Official data showed on Friday that the 4,377 burials, combined with 4,422 burials in March, indicate that 2,500 more people have died in the city in the past two months than the average for the period.

Jakarta is the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in the world's fourth most populous country. 

Authorities introduced a soft lockdown on Jakarta in March, closing schools and some businesses. On April 24 travel out of the city was strictly banned in an effort to stop more people leaving for the annual post-Ramadan exodus from Greater Jakarta.

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2020-05-03 10:57:01Z