Faced with rising infections, Indonesia doubles down on restrictions

With the second COVID-19 wave leading to a drastic spike in infections in several regions, particularly Jakarta and other cities on Java Island, the Indonesian government has imposed restrictions on public activities starting Saturday. President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has urged the public to stay calm during the implementation of the emergency restrictions. He has also called on the public to remain disciplined in adhering to the health protocols and support the work of government officials and volunteers handling the COVID-19 pandemic. “I call on the public to remain calm and…

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Indonesia’s daily COVID-19 cases hit another record, reach 27,913

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesia saw a record increase in daily COVID-19 cases on Saturday, with 27,913 new infections reported across the country, which took the total tally to 2,256,851, the COVID-19 Response Task Force said. With 493 people dying of COVID-19, the death toll reached 60,027. The number of deaths showed a decline on Saturday compared to the day before, when they were recorded at 539. Meanwhile, the number of active cases, or patients receiving treatment or conducting self-isolation, increased by 14,138 to reach 281,677. The number of suspected cases…

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Security personnel continue to persuade Papuan insurgents: police

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) – Papua Police Chief Insp.Gen.Mathius Fakhiri said security personnel continue to persuade members of armed Papuan separatist groups to be willing to reunite with their families, and declare allegiance to Indonesia. The efforts are mainly carried out by the Indonesian Defence Forces’ (TNI’s) village supervisory non-commissioned officers (Babinsa) and National Police’s security and public order officers (Bhabinkamtibmas). In carrying out the persuasive approaches, the Babinsa and Bhabinkamtibmas work closely with regional administrations because the separatists are local residents, Fakhiri said in a statement that ANTARA quoted here…

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Indonesia’s endeavors to improve Papua, W Papua’s human capital lauded

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic State University (UIN Syarif Hidayatullah) Rector Amany Lubis lauded the government’s endeavors to enhance access to education among native Papuans to improve the quality of Papua and West Papua’s human capital. “The government’s efforts to invest in education sector and human resources development will make Papua (and West Papua) better in the future,” she said in a statement that ANTARA quoted here on Sunday. The government has equally provided Papua and West Papua with special facilities to improve the quality of their human resources…

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Indonesian soldiers share bags of rice with native Papuans

Merauke, Papua (ANTARA) – Seven Indonesian soldiers donated bags of rice to native Papuans in Baidub Village, Ulilin Sub-district, Merauke District, Papua, as part of their sharing is caring program in the midst of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “We share a little bit of what we get with our Papuan brothers and sisters,” Commanding officer of the 611 Infantry Battalion/Awang Long’s Indonesia-Papua New Guinea Border Security Task Force Lt.Col. Albert Frantesca said. The community service is aimed at upholding the unity of the task force personnel stationed in the Bupul 12…

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TNI conducts vaccination activities in Indonesia-Malaysia border area

Putussibau, West Kalimantan (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI)’s 1206 Putussibau military regional command conducted vaccination activities for 185 residents living near the Indonesia-Malaysia border area in Batang Lupar Sub-district, Kapuas Hulu Dustruct, West Kalimantan Province. “The mass vaccination program is implemented in cooperation with the TNI, Polri (Indonesia’s Police), Puskesman (community health center), and the community who are quite enthusiastic,” First Lieutenant Assistant Timur Edy, commander of the Batang Lupar Sub-district military office, said here on Saturday.. Timur said that he only received 10 vials of vaccine, while…

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