Indonesia Reports 5,041 New COVID-19 Cases, 132 New Deaths

JAKARTA– The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 5,041 within one day, to 1,599,763, with the death toll adding by 132, to 43,328, the Health Ministry said yesterday. According to the ministry, 5,963 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 1,450,192. The virus has spread to all the country’s 34 provinces. Specifically, within the past 24 hours, Jakarta recorded 1,037 new cases, West Java 832, Central Java 518, Riau 320 and East Java 285. Source: NAM News Network

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Asia-Africa Conference core principles remain relevant amid pandemic

The gap between developed and developing countries is getting bigger, racial and cultural sentiments continue to fuel conflict, and the major powers are still using their power for their own interests The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia has chosen ‘Humanity and Solidarity’ as the theme for the 66th anniversary of the Asia-Africa Conference this year.   The spirit of humanity and solidarity of Asian and African nations is reflected in the commemorative logo of the 66th anniversary celebrations, with the tightly entwined hands of the number…

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For super-priority destination tag, Toba requires infrastructure push

This is, of course, a concern for the government and operators to be able to increase the speed of the internet in the region President Joko Widodo is focusing on the development of tourism and creative economy in five super-priority integrated destinations across the archipelago, most of which are well-known for their beautiful landscapes and natural beauty. Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Likupang in North Sulawesi, Borobudur in Central Java, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara, and Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara — few people would be unfamiliar with these…

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Spritzer natural mineral water passes test for plastics contaminants

Kuala Lumpur- Spritzer Malaysia (Spritzer), Malaysia’s best-selling natural mineral water, has released the results of an analysis conducted by a reputable independent laboratory, SIRIM Berhad, showing that no microplastics have been detected in Spritzer’s silica-rich natural mineral water. The laboratory had recently conducted tests from a sample taken from a 600ml Spritzer Natural Mineral Water bottle produced on 21 January 2021 and did not detect any synthetic polymers or microplastics, even when examined under 50 times magnification. This is in contrast to research conducted by the State University of New…

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Bussr rolls out Nekla digital payments to millions of users

Singapore- Bussr, the world-leading artificial intelligence (AI) powered mobility platform, is looking to make its services global in every sense of the word after announcing the rollout of the pioneering digital payment platform, Nekla. The Singapore-based transport disruptor announced it will offer its passengers a digital payment option through payment innovator Nekla, allowing millions of underbanked users to pay for Bussr services easily. Bussr’s Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) technology serves both as a mobile app for private travelers and a full journey ticketing, payment, and fleet management solution for cities and enterprises.…

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Indonesia reaches 10.8 million COVID-19 vaccinations

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The number of COVID-19 vaccine recipients increased by 95,060 on Saturday (April 17, 2021) to reach 10,801,244, according to data from the Task Force for COVID-19 Handling.   Of the total 10,801,244 recipients, 5,889,716 received their second vaccine dose, reflecting an increase of 69,770 in a single day.   Currently, the government is targeting to inoculate 40,349,049 people under the nationwide vaccination program.   Those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine so far include healthcare workers, state officials, public service officials, elderly citizens (seniors), government employees, teachers,…

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