Health protocols crucial to prevent third coronavirus wave: task force

The implementation of the health protocols is crucial and must be carried out consistently to prevent a third coronavirus wave, COVID-19 Handling Task Force member Dr. Falla Adinda has said. “A third wave (of COVID-19) is not impossible; it may occur if people do not obey the health protocols,” Adinda said during a virtual dialogue on ‘Let’s Wear Masks, Let’s Get Vaccinated Quickly’, originating from here on Tuesday. The implementation of health protocols must be continuously encouraged among the public, she added. For that, it is hoped all parties will…

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2022 national holidays depend on COVID situation: Minister Effendy

National holidays and collective leave in 2022 will be regulated according to the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy has said. “The 2022 collective leave will be regulated then by considering the updated development of COVID-19,” Effendy informed during an online press conference here on Wednesday. National public holidays will also be regulated based on the same considerations, he added. A number of aspects, including economic and tourism aspects, will be considered while setting national public holidays and collective leave next year,…

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Indonesia periodically evaluates restrictions at its entry points

The Indonesian Transportation Ministry disclosed that it periodically evaluates its policy on imposing restrictions at the country’s entry points in the midst of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “This restriction policy is being implemented and evaluated periodically depending on the dynamics of the pandemic,” the ministry’s spokesperson, Adita Irawati, said in a statement that ANTARA received here Wednesday. The evaluation will be done every week to know whether the country’s entry points remain sufficient and effective, or whether adjustments need to be made, she said. The policy of limiting international entry through land,…

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Indonesia’s halal value chain continues to grow: VP

Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has said that Indonesia’s halal value chain (HVC) in the agricultural and food sectors has grown positively to even beat GDP (gross domestic product) growth. “The growth of the main HVC sectors such as agriculture and food keeps increasing and is above the national GDP growth,” Amin noted while opening the Indonesia Sharia Summit 2021 via video conferencing from his official residence here on Wednesday. The positive growth has been strengthened by the increase in people’s online spending and consumption amid the enforcement of public activity…

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Indonesia asks Saudi Arabia to review its vaccine, umrah policies

During a recent meeting with her Saudi Arabian counterpart Faisal bin Farhan, Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi asked Saudi Arabia to review its policies on COVID-19 vaccinations and Umrah policies for prospective Indonesian pilgrims. At the meeting, which was conducted between sessions of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, the United States on Tuesday, Marsudi described the current COVID-19 situation in Indonesia, which has seen a significant decline in infections. “We hope that the information can be used by the Saudi Arabian government to review its policies related…

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DPD speaker pushes eco-friendly face masks, safe disposal

Speaker of the Regional Representatives Council (DPD), AA LaNyalla Mahmud Mattalitti, has asked the government to encourage innovations for the production of eco-friendly face masks, observing that face mask waste requires good handling. “Face mask waste needs good handling. Due to their increasing use (amid the pandemic), face masks will eventually pollute the environment. I think the government needs to encourage innovation in environmentally-friendly mask technology,” Mattalitti said in an official statement received here on Wednesday. According to Mattalitti, the COVID-19 pandemic has not only had an impact on the…

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