PDIP opens public kitchens for self-isolating COVID-19 patients

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Jakarta Chapter of the Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDIP) has opened public kitchens to assist COVID-19 patients undergoing self-isolation at home as the government continues its endeavors to flatten the curve of COVID-19 transmission in the capital city. “We have opened the public kitchens to cook meals for those who are undergoing self-isolation at home. The kitchens have been opened in five areas in Jakarta, and (another) one (has been set up) in the PDIP-Jakarta secretariat premises,” Chairman of the PDIP-Jakarta Chapter Adi Widjaja said. The recent surge in infections has forced patients with mild…

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Eid Al-Adha brings messages of peace, COVID-19 mitigation

Muslim communities across Indonesia marked the eve of Eid Al-Adha on Monday evening with takbiran events at mosques even as a drastic surge in COVID-19 cases pummeled the country’s health system. Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases and the enforcement of emergency public activity restrictions in the islands of Java and Bali, there was a complete ban on city-wide convoys for takbiran events this year. Therefore, takbiran was fully convened inside mosques on Monday with a limited number of participants instead of city-wide convoys, which could trigger crowds and…

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Indonesia’s poverty rate reduction possible through Java-centric cut

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesia’s poverty rate can be curbed if the poverty eradication program is focused on the country’s most populated island of Java, according to Chief of the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) Margo Yuwono. “Java has a very large population,” Yuwono noted in a press statement on Tuesday. The BPS reported that the country’s poverty rate had reached 10.4 percent in March 2021, with 27.54 million out of the country’s population of 270 million living in poverty. Yuwono highlighted that in order to reduce the poverty rate, all related…

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Over 10 percent of factory workers exposed to COVID-19: KSPI

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) President Said Iqbal revealed that the COVID-19 positivity rate from the factory cluster surpassed 10 percent, thereby necessitating several thousand workers to conduct self-isolation without medicines and vitamins. “While (the employees) are conducting self-isolation, factories are closed, as they unlikely impose the work-from-home policy. They can only allow the workers to work in rotation,” he noted in Jakarta on Tuesday. If several factories are closed and their employees conduct self-isolation, then the production target will decline and numerous workers will be…

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Indonesia adds 38,325 COVID cases, total reaches 2,959,058

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesia on Tuesday added 38,325 confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total tally so far to 2,959,058 cases, according to the task force for COVID-19 handling. With 29,791 daily recoveries, the total number of people recovering from the infection touched 2,323,666. Meanwhile, 1,280 people succumbed to the virus in a single day, bringing the death toll since the start of the pandemic in Indonesia on March 2, 2020 to 76,200. The number of suspected cases was recorded at 267,333, with 179,275 specimens tested by laboratories, while active cases…

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Oxygen aid flows in as Indonesia fights for breath

For healthy people, oxygen is everywhere, free and taken for granted. But, for COVID-19 patients in Indonesia, medical oxygen has become a precious and life-saving necessity amid a devastating new wave of infections triggered by the highly infectious Delta variant. In the latest infection spike, pneumonia and low blood oxygen levels, or hypoxaemia, have been common in patients. COVID-19 affects patients’ respiratory system and causes shortness of breath as it disturbs the function of the lungs to allow the body to absorb oxygen from the air and expel carbon dioxide.…

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