Roundup: Indonesia Surprised By New Variant As COVID-19 Lingers

JAKARTA, Indonesia is shocked by the detection of two cases of a new virus variant, right after one year of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, while the pandemic is still dragging on.   Deputy Minister of Health, Dante Saksono Harbuwono, has confirmed the two cases of the new COVID-19 variant in Indonesia.   “I received information that, right after one year, we found a B117 mutation in Indonesia,” he told a press conference, on Tuesday. “We detected the COVID-19 disease for the first time on Mar 2, 2020.  …

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Papua: Six women Brimob officers join Nemangkawi task force

Jakarta -The National Police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) has dispatched six of its best female police officers to join the Nemangkawi Task Force in the Indonesian province of Papua.   They are well-trained and their excellent skills will be tested in duties with the task force, Brimob chief Insp.Gen.Anang Revandoko said.   Like other personnel of the Nemangkawi Task Force, Brimob’s women officers will also protect Papua from security threats posed by armed Papuan groups, he added.   “They will also coordinate with their counterparts from the Indonesian Military (TNI),” he…

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InMobi and Gojek enter partnership to enhance advertising, consumer intelligence and identity resolution

Jakarta – InMobi, the world’s leading marketing cloud, announced a partnership with Gojek, Southeast Asia’s leading mobile on-demand services and payments platform, to enhance advertising, consumer intelligence and identity resolution for brands in Southeast Asia. The first-of-its-kind collaboration brings together audience intelligence from the Gojek platform and the end-to-end marketing capabilities of InMobi to help brands drive personalization in a privacy-compliant manner.   The partnership will power deep consumer insights, personalized advertising across the customer lifecycle and attribution for brands, and will be available across Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand.…

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Military, police spearheading COVID-19 fight: Tjahjanto

Jakarta – The Indonesian military and police personnel are spearheading the battle to thwart the spread of COVID-19 in the country, chief of the National Defense Forces (TNI), Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, has said. “TNI soldiers and police members are spearheading the battle against an invisible enemy. Even if we now have a new weapon — the COVID-19 vaccine — prevention efforts must constantly be prioritized,” he stated. He made the remarks while issuing directives, along with National Police chief, General Listyo Sigit Prabowo, to TNI soldiers and police officers at…

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Over 2.41 million Indonesians get first vaccine dose

Jakarta – The number of Indonesians receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine rose by 127,492 to reach 2,413,615 as of Friday afternoon, according to the Task Force for COVID-19 Handling. Meanwhile, 14,309 additional people received the second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, bringing the total count to 1,114,537 since the country rolled out the vaccination campaign on January 13, 2021. Indonesia reported 6,971 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 6,331 recoveries in the 24 hours ending 12 p.m. Western Indonesian Time (WIB) on Friday. In total, the number of COVID-19…

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Saudi Arabia’s decision awaits for Hajj pilgrimage 2021

Solo – Minister of Religion Yaqut Cholil Qoumas stated that a decision was still awaited from the Saudi Arabian government over the Hajj pilgrimage in 2021.   “The Saudi government has yet to decide whether this year’s hajj will be held,” the minister remarked here on Friday.   Qoumas noted that if the Saudi Arabian government were to take a decision, then the Indonesian government would immediately start working on the technical preparations. He affirmed that the government had currently prepared several scenarios.   “However, of course, this scenario can…

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