Government, BI agree on five inflation-control strategies for 2021

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The government and Bank Indonesia (BI) have agreed to apply five strategies to control inflation in 2021, according to Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto. “Low and stable inflation is expected to support economic recovery and strong and sustainable economic growth in pursuit of Onward Indonesia,” the minister noted in a written statement released on Friday. The five strategies that aim to maintain the 2021 inflation rate at three percent, give or take one percent, firstly focus on keeping the volatile food inflation in the range of…

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Ministry issues circular on vaccination for elderly, comorbid patients

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Directorate General of Disease Control and Prevention of the Health Ministry has issued a circular letter on COVID-19 vaccination for senior citizens, people with comorbidities, COVID-19 survivors and delayed target. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization has confirmed that the COVID-19 vaccine can be administered to people aged 60 years and above, people with comorbidity, COVID-19 survivors, and breastfeeding mothers, after an additional anamnesis, according to the circular letter obtained here on Friday. According to the circular letter, people aged 60 years and above will be…

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Convalescent plasma donors become game changers in battling COVID-19

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Convalescent plasma donors may emerge as game changers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia, according to Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy. “(The number of) convalescent plasma donors continues to increase nationwide. I hope they may serve as a game changer. We can drive the spirit of convalescent plasma donors to become a distinguishing factor for our efforts to handle the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to the vaccine and 3T (washing hands, wearing masks and practicing social distancing),” Effendy noted in a…

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Refined sugar demand pegged at 3.1 million tons in 2021

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Industry Ministry has set the allocation of refined sugar for food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries at 3.1 million tons in 2021 on the basis of a ministerial-level coordination meeting held on December 14, 2020. In a written statement released on Friday, Director General of Agro Industry at the Industry Ministry Abdul Rochim appealed to food and beverage manufacturers to not harbor concerns over a shortage in supplies of refined sugar in 2021. “Based on the outcome of a limited coordination meeting on January 26, 2021, demand…

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Pandemic fails to dampen CNY celebrations abounding with gratitude

Jakarta (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo affirmed that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese New Year (CNY) celebrations were replete with a sense of gratitude and blessings of peace. “The celebrations of the Chinese New Year amid the time of a pandemic certainly makes it difficult for us to celebrate it joyfully with relatives and friends. However, all this does not reduce the sense of gratitude for peace and love with the family,” the president stated via his @jokowi Instagram account, cited from Jakarta, Friday. The head of state prayed…

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