Indonesian quarantine service increases surveillance of swine flu

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian quarantine and inspection service ramped up its surveillance over the entry and outflows of meat and livestock products potentially spreading the swine influenza virus that Chinese scientists say could likely jump to humans. “Systematic surveillance over the swine flu virus is the key precautionary measure against a possible influenza pandemic in future. We are preparing for its contingency plan,” Director of Livestock and Animal Health at the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture I Ketut Diarmita stated. In conversation with local journalists in Jakarta on Thursday, Diarmita…

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North Sumatra readies Rp500-billion for 2nd-phase handling of COVID-19

Medan, N Sumatra (ANTARA) – The North Sumatra provincial government readied allocation of Rp500 billion for second phase of handling the impacts of the ongoing novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic this month, a local government spokesman noted here, Thursday. “In July, the North Sumatra provincial government had entered the second phase of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. We have prepared a budget whose amount is similar to that allotted in the first phase,” spokesman of the North Sumatra COVID-19 Task Force Major Whiko Irwan remarked. The funds will be…

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BMKG installs three early warning receiver systems in Alor

Kupang, E Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA) – The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) installed three earthquake and tsunami early warning receiver systems (WRS) in the Kalabahi area of Alor District, East Nusa Tenggara Province, which is one of Indonesia’s quake-impacted zones. “The BMKG installed three WRS-New Generation systems in Alor District this year at the district office, search and rescue office, and geophysics station,” Head of the Alor Geophysics Station Sumawan informed ANTARA on Thursday. These WRS systems play a crucial role in disseminating early warnings of earthquakes and tsunamis,…

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Indonesia takes precautionary measures against forest fires forecast

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD highlighted the government’s precautionary measures against land and forest fires forecast to increase in the dry season during the July-October 2020 period. “We have to take precautionary measures against land and forest fires,” the minister remarked here on Thursday. President Joko Widodo has issued Presidential Instruction (Inpres) No. 3 of 2020 on prevention, enforcement of law against land and forest fires, and on-field handling. As stipulated in the Inpres, land and forest fire handling efforts would be…

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100 drug offenders awarded death penalty in 2020

Jakarta (ANTARA) – District courts in different parts of Indonesia have awarded the capital punishment to at least 100 drug offenders in the first half of 2020, said National Police Chief, General Idham Azis.   “May they soon be executed by firing squads to deter others,” he said while witnessing the National Police’s special task force destroy 1.2 tons of crystal methamphetamine, 35 thousand ecstasy pills, and 410 kilograms of marijuana at the Jakarta metropolitan police headquarters on Thursday.   The drugs were seized from members of local and international…

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Telkomsel users can access Netflix in near future

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Cellular service provider Telkomsel confirmed its plan to open streaming access to Netflix for its customers. “In the near future, (customers) will be able to access Netflix,” Telkomsel’s Head of Home LTE, Arief Pradetya, remarked during a virtual press conference on the launch of Telkomsel Orbit, Thursday, while responding to a question on whether the program will enable customers to access the streaming service platform. Pradetya chose to not divulge details on when Netflix will be accessible through Telkomsel, though ensured that the company will make an…

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