Over 8.91 million Indonesians fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The number of Indonesians receiving their second dose of the coronavirus vaccine rose by 11,292 on Thursday, taking the tally of fully vaccinated recipients to 8,919,557, according to the Task Force for COVID-19 Handling. Meanwhile, the number of people receiving their first COVID-19 jab increased by 17,230 on Thursday, taking the total count to 13,695,553, the task force added. The Indonesian government is aiming to inoculate 40,340,049 people against COVID-19 in the first and second phases of the vaccination program. The targeted recipients under the two phases…

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Be wary of Chinese warships entering Indonesian waters: MP

Jakarta (ANTARA) – House member Sukamta reminded the government, particularly the Defense Ministry, Defense Forces (TNI), Strategic Intelligence Agency (BAIS), and related stakeholders, to be wary of the intentions of Chinese warships trespassing into Indonesian waters lately. Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR RI) Commission I member Sukamta drew attention to several relevant incidents pertaining to Indonesian maritime security and data owing to which vigilance must be stepped up in any situation. “On several occasions, we have found sea gliders allegedly belonging to China, entering without permission. It is suspected that…

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Indonesia provides oxygen concentrators to India to battle pandemic

The Indonesian government offered humanitarian aid to India through the provision of 200 oxygen concentrators to help it better handle the spread of COVID-19 in the country currently battered by the pandemic. “The humanitarian aid sent comprises 200 oxygen concentrators,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno L. P. Marsudi stated at a press conference while seeing off the dispatch of the equipment to India aboard a Garuda Indonesia aircraft at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Tangerang, on Wednesday. Earlier, the government, in cooperation with Indonesian industry associations and relevant stakeholders, had dispatched…

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Prambanan Temple placed in yellow zone reopens to public

Sleman, Yogyakara (ANTARA) – PT Borobudur, Prambanan, and Ratu Boko Tourism Parks company reopened the Prambanan Temple and Ratu Boko Palace during the Eid al-Fitr 2021 holiday period, as the two tourist destinations are located in the COVID-19 yellow zone. “Based on latest data on the COVID-19 zoning map at the village level in Sleman District for the May 10-16 period, the Prambanan and Ratu Boko temples and the Ramayana Theater are in the yellow zone. This is the basis for PT TWC to continue serving the visiting tourists,” the tourism parks’…

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BP2MI forecasts 5.3 million of nine million migrant workers illegal

Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Migrant Workers Protection Agency (BP2MI) has projected that some 5.3 million out of the nine million Indonesian migrant workers are illegal and unregistered. “The remaining 3.7 million are legal and registered workers,” BP2MI Head Benny Rhamdani stated when contacted from Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands, on Friday. Rhamdani remarked that the government will encounter difficulties in monitoring the condition of illegal migrant workers abroad since they are not registered and their work locations are also often unknown. “Legal workers are protected by the government. It…

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Magnitude-7.2 quake rattles West Nias, North Sumatra

Gunungsitoli, N Sumatra (ANTARA) – An earthquake of 7.2 magnitude rocked West Nias District, North Sumatra Province, on Friday, with the tremor being felt in several regions, including Gunungsitoli, North Nias, South Nias and Nias districts. The quake was epicentered at 0.10 degrees north latitude and 96.53 degrees eastern longitude, and at a depth of 19 meters below sea level, according to data of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG). “It shook quite strongly, and it was similar to a strong earthquake that devastated Nias Island 16 years ago,”…

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