Army chief-of-staff confirms 819 cadets make recovery from COVID-19

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Army Chief of Staff General Andika Perkasa confirmed that 819, or 62.6 percent of the 1,308 cadets of the Indonesian Army’s Officer Candidate School (Secapa), made a complete recovery from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The remaining 489 cadets are still diagnosed with COVID-19 of which just 10 remain hospitalized at the Dustira Army Hospital in Bandung, the capital of West Java Province, General Perkasa noted in a statement received by ANTARA here on Saturday. The other 479 cadets underwent quarantine at the Secapa compound, he remarked,…

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Medan city police seize 15-kg crystal meth, 20,000 ecstasy pills

Medan, N Sumatra (ANTARA) – The Medan city police recently apprehended three drug dealers and confiscated 15 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, 20 thousand ecstasy pills, and 0.70 grams of dried cannabis from the suspects during two drug raids this week. The suspects, arrested at several locations around Medan, the capital of North Sumatra Province, on July 21 and July 22, are identified by their initials as TZ (47), KS (49), and IE (23), Medan Metro Police Chief Sen. Coms. Riko Sunarko stated here on Friday. “They are all under police…

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South Sumatran police destroy 576.36-gram crystal meth

Palembang, S Sumatra (ANTARA) – South Sumatra Police Chief Inspector General Eko Indra Heri S led the move to destroy 576.36 grams of crystal methamphetamine and 106 skincare bottles containing harmful chemical substance recently confiscated during several drug raid operations. The confiscated crystal meth and harmful substance filled in the skincare bottles were destroyed by dissolving them in water mixed with a detergent during an event at the Alam Punti Kayu Ecopark area of Palembang City on Friday. The inspector general remarked that the illicit drug package and cosmetic products…

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Self-initiated repatriation of 64 Indonesians facilitated from Mumbai

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Consulate General in Mumbai, India, facilitated a self-initiated repatriation of 64 Indonesians stranded in the country after the Indian government enforced a lockdown policy to stem transmission of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The returnees boarded Garuda Indonesia’s GA 8150 flight from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport to the Soekarno Hatta International Airport on Friday, the Indonesian authority noted in a statement that ANTARA received here on Saturday. The Garuda aircraft departed from the Mumbai-based airport at 6:55 a.m. local time and arrived at the Soekarno…

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Safeguarding Indonesian children from violence and COVID-19

  The Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry observed National Children’s Day (HAN), celebrated every July 23, with this year’s theme: “Children are Protected, Indonesia is Advancing” and bearing tagline “Indonesian Children are Happy at Home.” HAN 2020 was commemorated amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic that has compelled children to stay indoors and study from home, as their schools have remained shut since March 2020 following the government’s announcement of the country’s first confirmed cases. A total of 329 representatives from 34 provinces, 69 representatives of the Children’s Forum,…

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Jakarta’s PCR testing capability has exceeded WHO’s standard: governor

  Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Jakarta provincial administration has claimed that the COVID-19 testing capacity, using the polymerase chain reaction method, in the capital has exceeded the standard prescribed by the World Health Organization. “We have tested 39,268 new people. If its equivalence is calculated, it equals to 3,688 new people per one million people (being tested) in a week,” Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said in a statement that ANTARA received here on Saturday. The WHO has prescribed that 1,000 people per million be tested per week, he pointed out.…

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