West Papua residents urged to maintain peace ahead of Idul Adha

Manokwari, W Papua (ANTARA) – West Papua Governor Dominggus Mandacan has urged all residents to maintain peace and harmony as their Muslim brothers and sisters across the province will celebrate Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice), which is set to fall on July 20. The celebrations are taking place in the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced the West Papua Provincial Government to impose the emergency public activity restrictions in Manokwari District and Sorong City, he said. “I urge all religious communities in West Papua to keep practicing tolerance ahead of the…

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Foreign aid starts arriving to help Indonesia fight COVID surge

With Indonesia recording an exponential increase in COVID-19 cases, several countries have stepped in to provide vaccines and medical equipment to help the nation fight the latest spike in infections. Fifteen days since the imposition of public movement restrictions, Indonesia’s COVID-19 cases have continued to explode, with the country adding 51,952 daily cases on Saturday, bringing the tally to 2,832,755. With 1,092 people succumbing to the virus in a single day, the death toll climbed to 72,489. Meanwhile, the number of daily recoveries reached 27,903, taking the total tally so…

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Bogor mayor urges central government to deal with oxygen scarcity

Bogor, W Java (ANTARA) – Bogor Mayor Bima Arya has urged the central government to take a swift action to deal with medical oxygen scarcity in the city. “Oxygen supplies from oxygen refilling stations have increasingly become limited. In fact, a hospital in Bogor City has temporarily suspended its emergency installation service as it ran short of medical oxygen,” he said here on Saturday. The oxygen refilling stations are operated by PT Sandara Baswana Gas in Citeureup Sub-district, PT Rezki Gasindo Jaya in Gunung Putri Sub-district, and PT Aneka Gas…

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Health Ministry lauds Riau islands’ vaccination rate

Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands (ANTARA) – Vice Health Minister Dante Saksono has lauded the vaccination rate in Riau Islands Province which recorded that 60.32 percent of its residents have received their first shot of COVID-19 vaccine. “The vaccination rate in Riau Islands in the first phase (of vaccination program) which has reached more than 60 percent is quite good. We express gratitude (to the local government) for the achievement,” he said at a coordination meeting held virtually on Saturday to evaluate the implementation of tight micro public activity restrictions and emergency…

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Search continues for 42 West Kalimantan fishermen after 17 boats sink

Pontianak, West Kalimantan (ANTARA) – Search efforts continued for 42 fishermen who went missing on Tuesday evening (13/7/2021) after 17 fishing boats sank in West Kalimantan waters owing to bad weather, according to an official. A total of 17 fishing boats with 134 fishermen aboard sank after being hit by huge waves, Yopi Hariyadi, Head of the Pontianak Search and Rescue (SAR) Office, said here on Sunday. “Of the total, eight boats have been found, and nine others remain missing,” he noted. He reported that 77 fishermen survived, 42 remained…

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MUI in collaboration with police, military, hold COVID-19 vaccination

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) in collaboration with the National Police (Polri) and the Indonesian Military (TNI) held a COVID-19 vaccination for residents of  Kota Tua (Old Town) in Jakarta. “MUI protects the people from the dangers of COVID-19. MUI must be at the forefront of helping the country in alleviating COVID-19 which has become a global pandemic. The people must be saved,” Deputy Secretary General of The Indonesian Ulema Council M. Azrul Tanjung said in a statement here on Sunday. He said the vaccination was carried…

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