Hoaxes bigger problem than pandemic: IDI

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Hoaxes related to COVID-19 can have a far deadlier impact than the virus itself because they have made many people still not believe that the coronavirus disease exists, the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) has stated. “The fake information spread pertaining to COVID-19 is faster than the transmission of the virus itself. The impact of hoaxes is more lethal than the virus itself. We all can imagine that many people still do not believe in what we are handling today. That (fake news) has unbelievable impacts,” head of IDI’s executive…

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Indonesia receives 21.2 million doses of Sinovac bulk vaccine

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesia received another 21.2 million doses of Sinovac bulk vaccine at Soekarno Hatta International Airport on Tuesday afternoon. “This afternoon, we witnessed the arrival of 21.2 million doses of Sinovac bulk vaccine,” said Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto, here on Tuesday. The government will continue with vaccine procurement through various channels to ensure the availability of vaccines to help the nation meet its vaccination target quickly, he added. He emphasized that the government always ensures the safety, quality, and efficacy for all types of vaccines it obtains. Vaccines are…

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Mask up to beat COVID, protect vulnerable groups

It has been over 15 months since President Joko Widodo officially announced the country’s first confirmed COVID-19 cases on March 2, 2020. Over the past two months, the battle against the virus has become tougher due to a significant rise in daily cases, which the Indonesian health authorities believe has been triggered by the more contagious COVID-19 Delta variant. On July 14, 2021, Indonesia’ daily increase in COVID-19 infections was recorded at 54,517. The positivity rate tends to have decreased and it reached  22.29 percent on July 25, 2021. Indonesia added…

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Transportation Ministry issues circular on train travel during PPKM

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Transportation released Circular Letter No. 58 on instruction for domestic travel via rail transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The circular regulates the requirements for inter-city passengers and urban trains as per the regional status with public activity restrictions (PPKM) levels 1 to 4. Train passengers departing from and arriving at areas with Level 3 and Level 4 PPKM are required to present their vaccination card with at least the first dose taken and a certificate of negative RT-PCR test results, with samples taken at…

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Indonesia needs $4.7 trillion to achieve SDGs target: business council

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesia will need US$4.7 trillion in financing to meet its sustainable development goals (SDGs) target by 2030, president of the Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD), Shinta Kamdani, has said. “The figure is based on calculations made before the COVID-19 pandemic, so it will likely increase due to the pandemic,” she projected during an online discussion in Jakarta on Tuesday. According to Kamdani, sustainable economic development is closely related to improvement in several aspects, including social, economic, and environmental. Development in Indonesia still tends to focus…

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