More temporarily laid-off workers reporting drop in income: survey

Jakarta A survey of 87,379 workers conducted by the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) has revealed that the percentage of workers reporting a drop in income is higher among those laid off temporarily in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the BPS survey results, released in Jakarta on Wednesday, 35.78 percent of the respondents, who are still working, claim to have seen their income decrease. Meanwhile, the percentage of respondents who have experienced a decline in income is higher, at 60.74 percent, among workers who have been temporarily laid off.…

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West Sumatra to enter new normal phase from June 8

  Padang, W Sumatra West Sumatra will apply a new normal order since June 8 to facilitate resumption of daily work and routine activities, as large-scale social restriction and distancing measures will be lifted on Sunday, the governor stated. Nonetheless, all community members must consistently practice the government’s healthcare and COVID-19 protocols while working, studying at schools, and conducting religious activities, West Sumatra Governor Irwan Prayitno stated in Padang, the capital of West Sumatra Province, on Saturday. Speaking at the “halal bihalal,” or post-Idul Fitri gathering, event held by the…

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Court rules govt’s internet shutdown decision in Papua as unlawful

  Jakarta The Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) ruled that the Indonesian government’s decision to block internet communication in Papua and West Papua last year was “unlawful.” “(We have) prosecuted (and) granted the plaintiff’s claim,” Nelvy Christin, chief of the panel of judges, remarked here, Wednesday. The Press Freedom Defenders Team, comprising the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Indonesia, South East Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet), Press Legal Assistance Institution (LBH Press), YLBHI, KontraS, Elsam, and ICJR, filed the lawsuit. In the meantime, President Joko Widodo and the communication…

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South Sulawesi government involves Unhas in COVID-19 prevention team

Makassar, S Sulawesi The Hasanuddin University’s (Unhas’) Public Health Faculty welcomed the South Sulawesi provincial government’s suggestion to join its COVID-19 prevention and mitigation team in response to Governor HM Nurdin Abdullah’s visit to the faculty’s campus, Friday. Governor Abdullah officially sought the faculty’s participation in developing prevention and mitigation strategies along with those from the provincial government’s COVID-19 team, Dean of Unhas’ Public Health Faculty Aminuddin Syam stated here, Saturday. “Mr. governor has sought institutional collaboration with the provincial administration to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic to fill the…

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Policeman dies of COVID-19 in Papua

Jayapura, Papua A 50-year-old police officer succumbed to the novel coronavirus disease in Jayapura on Friday, according to spokesperson for the Papua Provincial Administration’s COVID-19 task force, Silwanus Sumule. The policeman was the first COVID-19 inpatient without co-morbidities to die of the infection, Sumule told ANTARA on Saturday in Jayapura, the capital of Papua Province. “We have thoroughly checked the deceased’s medical record and are convinced that his death had nothing to do with co-morbidities,” he said, adding that several other police officers had tested positive for COVID-19, but most…

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Airlangga University to conduct COVID-19 research, innovation projects

Surabaya, E Java Some 17 researchers of Airlangga University (Unair) in Surabaya, East Java, officially received President Joko Widodo’s mandate to conduct research and innovation projects to expedite the Indonesian government’s endeavors to handle the COVID-19 pandemic. The president’s letter containing the mandate was symbolically received by Unair Rector Professor Mohammad Nasih from Head of the COVID-19 Research and Innovation Consortium Professor Ali Ghufron Mukti through a virtual event on Friday. Professor Mohammad Nasih expressed gratitude to the government for its mandate while also echoing his university’s research team members…

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