Bappenas endorses budget planning to lower impacts of COVID-19

Jakarta The Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency (PPN/Bappenas) has encouraged local governments to strengthen the budgeting planning system, or “SEPAKAT,” to reduce the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The evidence-based planning system at the regional level should be strengthened,” Minister of PPN/Bappenas Suharso Monoarfa stated in Jakarta on Wednesday. Monoarfa called for adopting a different approach through Sepakat, an evidence-based application, implemented at the provincial and village level to handle the social and economic repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic. Monoarfa remarked that the SARS CoV-2 virus…

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Pertamina donates personal protective gear to two Kupang hospitals

Kupang, E Nusa Tenggara State-owned oil and gas holding company PT Pertamina (Persero) donated 400 hazmat suits, 200 goggles, and six thousand disposable handscoons to two hospitals in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara’s capital, the company’s official stated on Wednesday. WZ Johannes Public Hospital and the East Nusa Tenggara Police Hospital received the donated protective gear, Pertamina’s Manager for the East Nusa Tenggara Retail Sales Area, Ahmad Thohir, informed local journalists in Kupang. The personal protective equipment that Pertamina donated to the two hospitals, through its Marketing Operation Region (MOR) V…

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Indonesia’s 58 percent regions classified as COVID-19 green zones

Jakarta Some 58 percent of the regions in Indonesia are classified as green zones based on the low level of COVID-19 transmission, the Task Force for Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling stated. “Based on the zone-wise mapping from May 31 to June 21, the number of green zones, with low risk of transmission, rose from 46.7 percent to 58.3 percent,” Wiku Adisasmito, head of the expert team of the task force, stated at the Presidential Palace, Jakarta, on Wednesday. Adisasmito remarked that the data indicated a lower rate of COVID-19 transmission…

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W Kalimantan police intensify security after incident in SE Sulawesi

Pontianak, W Kalimantan West Kalimantan police increased security in keeping with instructions of the National Police headquarters in Jakarta after an unidentified man attempted to trespass into Southeast Sulawesi Police’s mobile brigade command post on June 20, 2020. “In line with the instruction of the National Police headquarters, security has been intensified at the West Kalimantan police headquarters and all police precincts across the province,” West Kalimantan Police spokesman Sen. Coms. Donny Charles Go notified journalists here, Wednesday. Security for the police compounds and personnel has been stepped up not…

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Favipiravir shown effective to treat Covid-19 patients

Beijing (ANTARA) Favipiravir is a broad-spectrum antiviral agent that inhibits the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase of RNA viruses. It has efficacy against a range of RNA viruses, including Ebola, influenza and COVID-19. No evident adverse reactions have been found since it came into the market. Unlike traditional antiviral drugs, Favipiravir can directly prevent the virus from replicating itself in cells, with a mechanism of action similar to Remdesivir. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese and Japanese governments have strongly recommended use of Favipiravir to treat the disease. Currently, over 100…

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Govt’s intervention to curb increase in poor population: Bappenas

Jakarta Governmental intervention to disburse social assistance amid the COVID-19 pandemic will curb the increase in the poor population, with the newly poor expected to reach 1.2-2.7 million, National Development Planning Ministry/National Development Agency (Bappenas) stated. “The government’s intervention will not only contain the rise in the poor population but also usher in economic recovery. It can limit the increase in the number of poor to only some 26 million to 27.5 million,” the Agency’s Director for Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare Maliki stated during a webinar here on Wednesday.…

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