Government readies Wisma Haji Pondok Gede amid COVID-19 case surge

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian government has readied a field hospital at Wisma Haji Pondok Gede, East Jakarta, to tackle a surge in COVID-19 cases and to expedite handling of the outbreak. “Here we have noted a spike in the spread of COVID-19 cases. Hence, we have implemented the emergency PPKM on July 3-20, 2021, ” Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, concurrently coordinator of the Java-Bali emergency PPKM, noted in a written statement here on Monday. Next, the government is striving to meet the requirements…

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Indonesia instructs oxygen supplies to be converted for medical use

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Government has requested to convert all supplies of oxygen to fulfill medical requirements, as the country battles a major spike in COVID-19 cases. Amid this alarming situation, the availability of medical oxygen matters and must be addressed immediately, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut B. Pandjaitan emphasized. Data of the Health Ministry and the Industry Ministry pointed to a fivefold increase in the demand for medical oxygen amid the exponential rise in COVID-19 cases, Pandjaitan noted in a press statement here on Monday.…

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Patients in self-isolation offered 11 free telemedicine services: govt

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The government has involved 11 private telemedicine services to provide free consultation for self-isolating patients that are mildly symptomatic with COVID-19, Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Luhut Binsar Panjaitan stated. “There are 11 telemedicine applications (involved). They are working to help allay the burden at hospitals. Thus, hospitals are for the patients, who need the most. Others are suggested to conduct self-isolation,” Panjaitan highlighted during an online press conference here on Monday. The minister noted that such services will be accessible to people seeking doctors’ consultation…

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Construction of Rokan Block oil pipeline is 71.3-percent complete

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The construction project of the Rokan Block oil pipeline in Riau, run by PT Pertamina Gas, has reached 71.33-percent completion. PT Pertamina Gas, the subsidiary of state-run energy company PT Pertamina, reaffirmed its pledge to finalize the oil pipeline construction in a timely manner, its Communication Manager, Elok Riani Ariza, stated. “As of June, the construction work had reached 71.33-percent completion,” Ariza noted in a statement here on Monday. Ariza emphasized that safety had become the chief concern of the company in the project amid the COVID-19…

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State budget has become extraordinary economic driving force: minister

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The state budget (APBN) has become an extraordinary economic driving force, especially in the first semester of 2021, according to Finance Minister Sri Mulyani. “Indeed, the state budget has become an extraordinary economic driving force, especially in the first semester,” Sri Mulyani noted during a virtual press conference after attending the Plenary Cabinet Session with the president via videoconferencing in Jakarta, Monday. The minister pointed out that the central government’s spending had grown considerably, reaching 19.1 percent, as compared to the previous year, chiefly from ministerial and…

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