Jokowi eyeing leap in tourism through integrated management support

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Integrated management support will help bring about a leap in Indonesia’s tourism sector, according to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi). “Thus, the country will take a leap in the tourism sector as well as in the management of the tourism ecosystem and its supporters,” President Jokowi stated at a limited meeting at the Merdeka Palace, here on Thursday. The head of state highlighted the significance of support from the world of aviation that had to be streamlined through more integrated management. Jokowi called for greater consolidation of flights,…

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Papua’s Kurik health center closed after resident contracted COVID-19

  Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) – Kurik Health Center in Kurik Sub-district, Merauke, Papua, terminated services for intensive care unit and inpatient rooms from Aug 6 to Aug 21 after a resident treated there tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Nine of the health center’s 50 medical workers were also isolated, while the infected resident was sent to a local hospital for medical treatment, spokesman of Merauke District’s COVID-19 Task Force Neville Maskita revealed here on Thursday. “The Kurik Health Center has just stopped its services for the ICU and…

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Bio Farma commences phase 3 clinical trial for COVID-19 vaccine

Jakarta (ANTARA) – State-owned vaccine manufacturer Bio Farma has begun the third phase of the clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine from China-based biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech on Thursday. “On the occasion of our 130th anniversary today on Thursday (August 6), we will start the clinical trial for development of the COVID-19 vaccine,” Bio Farma President Director Honesti Basyir stated during a virtual ceremony to celebrate the pharmaceutical firm’s anniversary in Bandung, West Java, on Thursday. Basyir pointed to the wild rush among nations worldwide to find a vaccine for…

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Public must follow health protocols while celebrating Independence Day

  Jakarta (ANTARA) – Secretary General of the Communication and Informatics Ministry (Kemenkominfo) Rosarita Niken Widiastuti invited the public to partake in celebrations to mark the 75th Anniversary of Indonesia, albeit by continuing to adhere to the health protocols. “We invite all Indonesians to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia by continuing to comply with health protocols,” Widiastuti stated during a virtual press conference from the Indonesian Presidential Office, Jakarta, on Thursday. The secretary general also invited the public to put up the official 75th Anniversary logo…

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Police lauded for intercepting 200-kg meth trade in Banjarmasin

Banjarmasin, S Kalimantan (ANTARA) – Banjarmasin Mayor Ibnu Sina commended the National Police for thwarting the attempt of two drug dealers to trade 200 kilograms crystal methamphetamine on Thursday morning since scores were saved from being siphoned into drug addiction. “This is our police’s extraordinary achievement. I cannot imagine if they had failed to confiscate the addictive drugs and they had then been traded to our people,” Sina told local journalists in Banjarmasin, the capital of South Kalimantan Province, on Thursday. A joint team of the National Police and South…

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Ten Wakatobi fishermen survive boat fire

  Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi (ANTARA) – Ten traditional fishermen were rescued after their longboat caught fire while they were diving for fish on Wednesday evening in Kapota waters, Wakatobi district, Southeast Sulawesi province. The accident occurred about 14 nautical miles from the Wakatobi post of the Search and Rescue (SAR) Agency, Aris Sofingi, head of the Kendari office of the SAR, told local journalists in Kendari, the provincial capital, on Thursday. He did not provide any information regarding the cause of the fire. Rescuers from SAR were dispatched along with…

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