Jokowi highlights importance of enforcing health protocols in Pilkada

  Jakarta (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo stressed on the significance of enforcing health protocols across all stages of this year’s simultaneous regional elections (Pilkada) to ensure a fair and peaceful democratic process and no new COVID-19 clusters. “Of course, this is a new momentum to demonstrate a new approach to holding the simultaneous regional elections and an innovative way for both organizers and participants to practice democracy amid this COVID-19 pandemic situation,” he noted here on Wednesday. At a virtual meeting held to discuss preparations for organizing the simultaneous…

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Jokowi confirms being notified about budget readiness for elections

Jakarta (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) spoke of being kept abreast of the budget readiness for this year’s regional elections to be held simultaneously in nine provinces on Dec 9 amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. “I have received a report from Home Minister (Tito Karnavian) on the budget readiness,” he stated at a virtual meeting held to discuss preparations for this year’s simultaneous regional elections at the Merdeka Palace here on Wednesday. Ensuring budget readiness was deemed crucial since the regional elections would be held in nine…

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MUI should prepare edict for COVID-19 vaccine: vice president

  Jakarta (ANTARA) – Vice President KH Ma’ruf Amin highlighted the need for the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) to prepare a fatwa (edict) for the COVID-19 vaccine, for which research is still underway, before being provided to the public. “We pray that the government’s efforts in expediting the availability of vaccines would be realized, and in connection with this, we sense the need for the MUI to prepare its fatwa,” he stated while delivering a keynote address at the web seminar on “The Role of MUI Fatwa in the Covid-19…

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Experts reject claims traditional medicine can cure COVID-19

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Traditional medicines and herbs cannot be used to cure the novel coronavirus disease, said Akhmad Saikhu, head of the Center for Research and Development of Medicinal Plants and Traditional Medicines at the Health Ministry, on Wednesday. “COVID-19 is caused by a virus, so the only drugs (that would be effective against it) are antiviral ones, and until now, an anti-virus (for COVID-19) is still in the process of being researched,” he stated during a discussion held by the COVID-19 task force in Jakarta. Herbs or herbal drink…

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Indonesia records 1,922 new COVID-19 cases, 1,813 recoveries

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesia, on Tuesday, registered 1,922 new confirmed cases, thereby bringing the tally to 115,056, while the total number of people recovering from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) reached 72,050, with 1,813 new recoveries. The death toll has reached 5,388, with 86 people additionally succumbing to COVID-19, the Indonesian Task Force for COVID-19 response stated here on Tuesday. A total of 22,902 specimens from 13,456 people were examined by 320 laboratories across Indonesia on Tuesday, thereby bringing the total count of specimens examined to 1,575,043 from 907,987 people…

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Jokowi instructs to conduct “wear face mask” campaign extensively

Jakarta President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) ordered to conduct a two-week “wear face mask” campaign on a massive scale throughout Indonesia to curtail the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). “I just want to focus. It might be in two weeks. We will focus on the campaign on wearing face masks,” Jokowi stated while chairing a limited cabinet meeting on COVID-19 handling and national economic recovery at the Merdeka Palace here on Monday. The head of state cited the latest COVID-19 data that recovery rate of such cases in Indonesia reached…

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