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Minggu, 27 Desember 2020

Covid-19; Depok Imposes Local Lockdown in 422 Community Units - Tempo.co English

Covid-19; Depok Imposes Local Lockdown in 422 Community Units - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, DepokThe Depok city administration imposed a local lockdown or known as social restriction of the alert village (PSKS) in 422 community units or RW for 14 days.

Depok Mayor Mohammad Idris said in a statement on Sunday, Dec. 27, that the enforcement took effect beginning Dec. 19, 2020, until January 2, 2021, based on the Mayor’s Decree No. 443/490/Kpts/Dinkes/Huk/2020. 

The 422 RW eligible for the quarantine spread across 63 urban villages and 11 subdistricts. The three highest figures were located in Sukamaju Urban Village with 22 RW, Mekarsari Urban Village with 16 RW, and Mekarjaya Urban Village with 14 RW.

Thus, Idris asserted that Depok prohibited New Year’s Eve celebrations that attract crowds. “Depok city is in a high-risk zone or red zone in two consecutive weeks because of rising cases in almost all regions,” he said.

According to him, the city administration would also tighten the Covid-19 alert village program, increase test capacity, add more isolation rooms in hospitals or isolation centers, and enhance the law enforcement on the health protocol along with the Military or TNI and the Police.

Idris further appealed to the public to implement the 2i3M movement, viz. having faith, maintaining immune, wearing a face mask, washing hands with soap, and maintaining distance.

“Because the key to our success in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic really depends on ourselves, our families, and the social environment, and most importantly the help of Allah, the Greatest Helper,” said Idris.

Also Read: Expert Predicts 240,000 Covid Cases in Jakarta by February; Suggests Lockdown

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2020-12-28 04:14:00Z
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Senin, 21 Desember 2020

Suspected pedophile in Depok still free despite fresh investigation - Jakarta Post

Suspected pedophile in Depok still free despite fresh investigation - Jakarta Post

Months after The Jakarta Post and Tirto.id unraveled a case of alleged sexual abuse in Depok, West Java, authorities have failed to provide justice for several victims who accuse one of their former overseers, who goes by the name Brother Angelo. The Depok Police have yet to bring Angelo, nicknamed “night bat” by some of the victims who were willing to speak to Tirto in a collaboration with The Jakarta Post, to court, as they said they had not been able to obtain proper evidence and testimony from the victims. Angelo, whose real name is Lukas Lucky Ngalngola, previously ran the Kencana Bejana Rohani orphanage in Depok, caring for dozens of children that came from different parts of the country. On Sept. 14, 2019, the Depok Police arrested him the day after National Orphanage Forum deputy head Farid Ari Fandi had reported him to the police on behalf of the Indonesian ...



2020-12-21 07:04:00Z
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/12/21/suspected-pedophile-in-depok-still-free-despite-fresh-investigation.html

Selasa, 08 Desember 2020

West Java election officials to get rapid tests - Jakarta Post

West Java election officials to get rapid tests - Jakarta Post

West Java will provide COVID-19 rapid tests only for regional election officials ahead of voting day on Wednesday.

“Ideally, we would like voters to take the test, too, but we have no capacity to do so. Therefore, we will only test election officials,” West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said after a weekly coordination meeting for COVID-19 handling on Monday.

The Bandung Regency Election Commission (KPU) previously conducted rapid tests on 61,866 officials who are set to monitor the regency’s election, which will involve some 2.3 million voters.

“Officers who showed reactive results from the rapid test will be replaced,” Ridwan said.

The West Java provincial administration initially considered the possibility of requiring voters to take a swab test prior to casting their ballots at the polls, especially as the regional head elections will take place simultaneously in the region’s red zones, namely Karawang, Sukabumi, Bandung, Cianjur, Pangandaran, Indramayu, Tasikmalaya and Depok.

In last week's coordination meeting, West Java’s COVID-19 and economic recovery committee members discussed the possibility of requiring the test for voters aged 40 and above. West Java Deputy Governor Uu Ruzhanul Ulum explained that based on his observations, most COVID-19 patients were over the age of 40.

To anticipate a spike in COVID-19 cases as a result of the regional elections and the year-end long weekend, Ridwan urged all voters to follow health protocols.

“Avoid spending too much time at the voting station. I have ordered West Java to perform a virtual recapitulation as we are still not allowed to perform digital voting, so people won’t have to spend too much time in one spot,” he said.

Meanwhile, the first batch of a COVID-19 vaccine produced by China’s Sinovac Biotech has arrived in Indonesia.

As many as 1.2 million doses of the vaccine are now stored in a warehouse of state-owned pharmaceutical company PT Bio Farma in Bandung after landing at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on Sunday evening.

However, it remains unclear as to when the government will release the vaccine for public use as it is still waiting for an emergency approval from the Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM). 

Ridwan himself has already created a priority list for vaccine recipients in West Java, which has a population of 50 million people. 

“We have already prioritized 350,000 health workers and 150,000 Indonesian Military and National Police personnel working at the frontline [of the fight against COVID-19],” the governor said.

People living in high-risk red zones are the next group to receive the vaccine, namely Bogor, Depok, Bekasi and Bandung. 

Ridwan conceded that he did not know how many doses West Java would receive. He previously requested 3 million doses for the residents of Bogor, Depok and Bekasi. (adi/dpk)

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2020-12-08 18:00:00Z
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West Java election officials to get rapid tests: Ridwan Kamil - Jakarta Post

West Java election officials to get rapid tests: Ridwan Kamil - Jakarta Post

West Java will provide COVID-19 rapid tests only for regional election officials ahead of voting day on Wednesday.

“Ideally, we would like voters to take the test, too, but we have no capacity to do so. Therefore, we will only test election officials,” West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said after a weekly coordination meeting for COVID-19 handling on Monday.

The Bandung Regency Election Commission (KPU) previously conducted rapid tests on 61,866 officials who are set to monitor the regency’s election, which will involve some 2.3 million voters.

“Officers who showed reactive results from the rapid test will be replaced,” Ridwan said.

The West Java provincial administration initially considered the possibility of requiring voters to take a swab test prior to casting their ballots at the polls, especially as the regional head elections will take place simultaneously in the region’s red zones, namely Karawang, Sukabumi, Bandung, Cianjur, Pangandaran, Indramayu, Tasikmalaya and Depok.

In last week's coordination meeting, West Java’s COVID-19 and economic recovery committee members discussed the possibility of requiring the test for voters aged 40 and above. West Java Deputy Governor Uu Ruzhanul Ulum explained that based on his observations, most COVID-19 patients were over the age of 40.

To anticipate a spike in COVID-19 cases as a result of the regional elections and the year-end long weekend, Ridwan urged all voters to follow health protocols.

Read also: Indonesian poll body cancels electronic system to tally votes in December

“Avoid spending too much time at the voting station. I have ordered West Java to perform a virtual recapitulation as we are still not allowed to perform digital voting, so people won’t have to spend too much time in one spot,” he said.

Meanwhile, the first batch of a COVID-19 vaccine produced by China’s Sinovac Biotech has arrived in Indonesia.

As many as 1.2 million doses of the vaccine are now stored in a warehouse of state-owned pharmaceutical company PT Bio Farma in Bandung after landing at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on Sunday evening.

However, it remains unclear as to when the government will release the vaccine for public use as it is still waiting for an emergency approval from the Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM). 

Ridwan himself has already created a priority list for vaccine recipients in West Java, which has a population of 50 million people. 

“We have already prioritized 350,000 health workers and 150,000 Indonesian Military and National Police personnel working at the frontline [of the fight against COVID-19],” the governor said.

People living in high-risk red zones are the next group to receive the vaccine, namely Bogor, Depok, Bekasi and Bandung. 

Ridwan conceded that he did not know how many doses West Java would receive. He previously requested 3 million doses for the residents of Bogor, Depok and Bekasi. (adi/dpk)

Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.

2020-12-08 12:21:00Z
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Jumat, 04 Desember 2020

Depok mayoral election a 'test' for PKS' political dominance - Jakarta Post

Depok mayoral election a 'test' for PKS' political dominance - Jakarta Post

The 2020 mayoral race in Depok, West Java next week will mostly be a test to see whether the Islam-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) can maintain its years of political dominance in the city, experts have said. Two candidate pairs, each with an equal chance of winning the contest, will be competing this year in Jakarta’s southerly neighbor, which is just one of 270 regions to be holding simultaneous elections on Dec. 9. The first election candidate is incumbent mayor M. Idris, who has the backing of the PKS, the dominant political force in the city. Idris also enjoys support from the Democratic Party and the United Development Party (PPP). Depok has been known as a PKS stronghold for the past 15 years, with its endorsed candidates going on to win the mayoral elections in 2005, 2010 and 2015. The party is also a dominant force in the Depok Regional Council (DPRD), having...



2020-12-04 18:00:00Z
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Selasa, 01 Desember 2020

West Java mulls requiring voters to test for COVID-19 - Jakarta Post

West Java mulls requiring voters to test for COVID-19 - Jakarta Post

The West Java provincial administration is mulling over the possibility of requiring voters to take a swab test prior to casting their ballots at the polls during the simultaneous regional elections on Dec. 9. 

Eight regional head elections will take place simultaneously in West Java regencies and cities, namely Karawang, Sukabumi, Bandung, Cianjur, Pangandaran, Indramayu, Tasikmalaya and Depok. These areas are currently categorized as red zones, or with a high risk of virus transmission.

West Java Deputy Governor Uu Ruzhanul Ulum said the administration would decide on the swab test requirement next week.

“We have yet to decide as we have to do a proper scientific study and take responsibility for it,” Uu said during a weekly meeting with West Java’s COVID-19 and economic recovery committee on Monday.

The study will examine whether a rapid test or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test would be used, and how much one would cost. For now, the administration has assured it would cover the expenses for COVID-19 testing only for local officials stationed at polling stations.

During the meeting, the committee members also discussed the possibility of requiring the test for voters aged 40 and above. Though the West Java administration has yet to decide on the matter, Uu explained that based on his observations, most COVID-19 patients were aged 40 or above.

“The younger generation is more resilient. Hopefully, by next week, we will have already decided if voters must take a test or not.”

Read also: West Java governor calls for shorter year-end holiday

Epidemiologists Dicky Budiman greatly appreciated the initiative, saying that the tests should be conducted properly.

He explained that a guideline issued by the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggested that voters bring a statement of their COVID-19-free status three days prior to voting, and then take another test within three or five days after voting.

“After that, they have to undergo self-isolation for seven days, more or less. If they didn’t take a test before casting their vote, they have to self-isolate for 14 days even though they had already implemented health protocols.”

As for the elections in Indonesia, Dicky advised the government to use the antigen rapid test method so that the results would come out quickly but more accurately compared to the regular test.

“The government should make preparations. The test should be conducted near the voting booth, and voters should take another test at the voting area within three to five days after they cast their vote,” Dicky said.

The continuous testing method should also be implemented nearing long weekends at the end of the year.

“The government should make every effort to minimize virus transmission if they want to loosen restrictions. The testing should be coordinated with a database at the testing area.” (adi/dpk)

Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.

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2020-12-01 18:00:00Z
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West Java mulls requiring voters to test for COVID-19 before regional elections - Jakarta Post

West Java mulls requiring voters to test for COVID-19 before regional elections - Jakarta Post

The West Java provincial administration is mulling over the possibility of requiring voters to take a swab test prior to casting their ballots at the polls during the simultaneous regional elections on Dec. 9. 

Eight regional head elections will take place simultaneously in West Java regencies and cities, namely Karawang, Sukabumi, Bandung, Cianjur, Pangandaran, Indramayu, Tasikmalaya and Depok. These areas are currently categorized as red zones, or with a high risk of virus transmission.

West Java Deputy Governor Uu Ruzhanul Ulum said the administration would decide on the swab test requirement next week.

“We have yet to decide as we have to do a proper scientific study and take responsibility for it,” Uu said during a weekly meeting with West Java’s COVID-19 and economic recovery committee on Monday.

The study will examine whether a rapid test or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test would be used, and how much one would cost. For now, the administration has assured it would cover the expenses for COVID-19 testing only for local officials stationed at polling stations.

During the meeting, the committee members also discussed the possibility of requiring the test for voters aged 40 and above. Though the West Java administration has yet to decide on the matter, Uu explained that based on his observations, most COVID-19 patients were aged 40 or above.

“The younger generation is more resilient. Hopefully, by next week, we will have already decided if voters must take a test or not.”

Read also: West Java governor calls for shorter year-end holiday

Epidemiologists Dicky Budiman greatly appreciated the initiative, saying that the tests should be conducted properly.

He explained that a guideline issued by the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggested that voters bring a statement of their COVID-19-free status three days prior to voting, and then take another test within three or five days after voting.

“After that, they have to undergo self-isolation for seven days, more or less. If they didn’t take a test before casting their vote, they have to self-isolate for 14 days even though they had already implemented health protocols.”

As for the elections in Indonesia, Dicky advised the government to use the antigen rapid test method so that the results would come out quickly but more accurately compared to the regular test.

“The government should make preparations. The test should be conducted near the voting booth, and voters should take another test at the voting area within three to five days after they cast their vote,” Dicky said.

The continuous testing method should also be implemented nearing long weekends at the end of the year.

“The government should make every effort to minimize virus transmission if they want to loosen restrictions. The testing should be coordinated with a database at the testing area.” (adi/dpk)

Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.



2020-12-01 09:50:00Z
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