Tourism Minister mulling COVID-19 free corridor in Bali

Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA) – Indonesia’s Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno revealed his ministry is still studying the possibility of implementing a COVID-19 free corridor in Bali to allow foreign tourists to return to the resort island. The COVID-19 free corridor would allow international travelers to visit Bali as long as they have been vaccinated in their countries of origin and have taken swab tests shortly after arriving at the resort island, he informed. Swab testing will be made compulsory to ensure that incoming international tourists have tested negative…

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Earthquake of magnitude 5.2 hits southwest of Sumatra

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that a 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck southwest of Sumatra on Thursday night, though no tsunami warning was issued. The quake, which hit at 22:09 WIB (Western Indonesia Time), was centered 68 kilometers southwest of Enggano in the province of Bengkulu, at a depth of 15 kilometers, the BMKG noted in a written statement released on Thursday. The quake was the latest in a series of earthquakes, with a magnitude of above 5.0, to have struck Indonesia since early this year.…

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Indonesia contributes 1.11 percent of global coronavirus caseload

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesia currently contributes 1.11 percent of the overall global coronavirus caseload, according to the Johns Hopkins University. On its official website monitored at 20:23 Western Indonesia Time (WIB) on Thursday, the Johns Hopkins University Medicine stated that Indonesia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases topped 1,191,990 against the global caseload of 107,444,504. Among the 192 coronavirus-affected countries, Indonesia is currently ranked 19th in terms of the number of cases. Indonesia recorded 32,381 coronavirus-related deaths, accounting for 1.38 percent of the global death toll of 2,357,270. With the mortality rate, Indonesia…

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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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