Jakarta records 12,039 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Jakarta Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta added 215 fresh COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the tally of confirmed cases to 12,039 so far. The metropolitan city also added 268 recoveries and two deaths on Saturday, bringing the total numbers of people recovering to 7,377, and those succumbing to die to 650. “Meanwhile, the number of patients under monitoring (ODP) totals 27,507 people, and patients under supervision (PDP) 18,097,” Ani Ruspitawati of the Jakarta Health Office, said . As many as 646 patients were still undergoing treatment at hospital and 3,366…

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Most hotels, restaurants in Mukomuko reopen

Mukomuko, Bengkulu Most hotels and restaurants in Mukomuko District, Bengkulu Province, have begun operating since several weeks ago, following temporarily closing for several months owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Now the condition in this area is back to normal a little bit, and most hotels and restaurants have begun operating again. They also begin to pay regional taxes and levies again,” Kasimin, Secretary of the Regional Finance Office (BKD) of Mukomuko District said here on Sunday. The Mukomuko District Government has issued a policy to waive the payment of regional…

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Home Minister hopes 50 percent turnout in December local elections

Jakarta Minister of Home Affairs Tito Karnavian has expressed his hope that the voter turnout in simultaneous regional head elections (Pilkada), scheduled to be held late this year, will reach at least 50 percent. “The target of voter turnout that we expect is above 50 percent. If possible higher than that, it will be better,” Tito Karnavian said while speaking during an online seminar here on Saturday. The minister hoped at least some 53 million people would cast their votes in the upcoming elections this year. Based on June 9…

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A scientist backs innovation of eucalyptus-based COVID-19 treatment

Jakarta The Ministry of Agriculture’s efforts to develop an eucalyptus-based COVID-19 treatment have won support from a scientist of Gadjah Mada University’s (UGM’s) Faculty of Pharmacy as the government is striving to flatten the COVID-19 curve in Indonesia. The UGM researcher, Prof. Dr. Zullies Ikawati, was quoted by the ministry’s research and development division as saying in a statement here Sunday that the eucalyptus-based COVID-19 treatment was good to help heal the patients suffering shortness of breath. “I think, among the novel coronavirus symptoms are shortness of breath and breathing…

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UI says it is ready to collaborate with Ministry of Agriculture

Jakarta The University of Indonesia hinted on Sunday that it was ready to work with the Ministry of Agriculture’s Veterinary Research Agency to conduct animal testing and clinical trials regarding the ministry’s innovation of eucalyptus-based COVID-19 treatment. “The University of Indonesia’s Faculty of Medicine and the Indonesia Medical Education and Research Institute (IMERI) have intensively been conducting COVID-19-related research projects,” Dean of UI’s Faculty of Medicine Prof.Ari Fahrial Syam said. According to Syam, a further research on the ministry’s eucalyptus-based COVID-19 treatment was needed to unveil the antiviral effects and…

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Puri Raharja hospital’s president director dies of COVID-19 in Bali

Denpasar Dr. I Nyoman Sutedja MPH, president director of Puri Raharja Hospital, died of COVID-19 at the University of Udayana’s hospital (PTN Unud) in Bali Province on Saturday night. “That’s right. He was treated at Unud PTN Hospital, after being first hospitalized at Wangaya Hospital, He had tested positive for COVID-19,” Director of the Udayana University Hospital Dr. Dewa Putu Gede Purwa Samatra confirmed here on Sunday. Sutedja complained of having cough, tightness and decreased oxygen saturation. He needed a ventilator for his treatment, so he was moved to the university…

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