New normal should be ‘now normal’ for controlling COVID-19: expert

The new normal habits, which involve the observance of stringent health protocols, should be “now normal” to control the recent COVID-19 surge, Prof. Tjandra Yoga Aditama from the University of Indonesia’s Faculty of Medicine has said. “The rise of COVID-19 cases that have exceeded more than two thousand today has to be controlled through additional efforts,” he wrote in an electronic message on Saturday. “Health protocols cannot simply just be implemented, they should be made more stringent,” he added. He underscored the importance of putting extra effort, such as the…

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Indonesia’s health ministry reports two Omicron deaths

Two patients have died of Omicron in Indonesia in the first fatalities since cases of this variant of COVID-19 were first reported in the country, the Health Ministry said. “One case was a local transmission who passed away at Sari Asih Ciputat Hospital while the other one was an international traveler who died at Sulianti Saroso Hospital,” the ministry’s spokesperson, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, informed. The two patients had comorbidities, she noted in a press statement released on Saturday. Meanwhile, Indonesia added 3,205 COVID-19 cases on Saturday along with 627 recoveries and…

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SMEs Ministry to support village project for Mt. Semeru victims

The Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Ministry has said it will be involved in the development of a new residential area for Mount Semeru victims as a modern village. “We will support the business development of the disaster-affected residents with a new cooperative-based business model,” Cooperatives and SMEs Minister Teten Masduki said during a visit to the construction site of the new residential area in Sumbermujur Village, Candipuro Sub-district, Lumajang District, East Java Province, on Saturday. Residential housing and various community business centers will be built in the 79.6-hectare area,…

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PUPR Ministry to relax license for construction business

The Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Basuki Hadimuljono said he would relax business license in construction services to encourage a favorable business climate for the sector. Hadimuljono said the construction services in public works and public housing are among the sectors that still run well. “This was shown by the absorption of the ministry’s budget for 2021 that has reached 94.21 percent . Of the total budget of Rp152.09 trillion, the PUPR Ministry has managed to absorb Rp143.29 trillion,” the minister said in a written statement received here,…

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Products differentiation to increase tourist visit: Tourism Minister

Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno said product differentiation would become a way to increase qualified tourists visit to rest areas. “If there are several products that are different from each other, it will increase sales and will be remembered by visitors. Later this rest area will be a memorable spot,” Uno said at the 229B Kanci – Pejagan Toll Road Rest Area in Cirebon District, West Java Province on Saturday (Jan 22). For this matter, the minister urges the local creative economy players to create product differentiation for…

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NU summons branches on alleged involvement in practical politics

The Executive Board of Nahdlatul Ulama (PBNU), the largest Muslim-based organization in Indonesia, has summoned its branch managers in Banyuwangi and Sidoarjo Districts to clarify alleged involvement in practical politics through their support for a presidential candidate in the 2024 elections. “At the request from the General Chairperson of PBNU K.H. Yahya Cholil Staquf, we have officially summoned the chairman of NU branch (PCNU) for Banyuwangi and Sidoarjo regions,” PBNU Chairman Amin Said Husni said in a written statement received here on Sunday. The summons was stated in an official letter signed…

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