Update: Transportation services disrupted by flooding on Tuesday

first_imgThe mild to severe flooding across Greater Jakarta on Tuesday paralyzed traffic along several major streets and disrupted a number of public transportation services.Below is a list of the affected transportation modes:Commuter trains PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) spokesperson Anne Purba said that several commuter train services in Greater Jakarta were disrupted. Commuter line trains operating from Tanah Abang to Serpong, Maja, and Rangkasbitung stations in Tangerang have resumed normal services. Trains serving Bekasi-Kota, Bogor-Kota, and Bogor/Depok -Angke/Jatinegara are stopping at Manggarai Station due to flooding. Trains serving Bekasi-Kota are stopping at Pasar Senen Station.TransjakartaJakarta Transportation Agency head Syafrin Liputo said operations on 22 Transjakarta bus routes and 14 Jak Lingko angkot (public minivan) routes had been suspended while 12 other routes had been diverted. Power has been cut to 20 Transjakarta bus stops.“At bus stops that have no power, tear-off tickets are being sold manually,” Syafrin said.  Soekarno-Hatta airport trainThe Soekarno-Hatta airport train restarted operations at around noon on Tuesday after previously suspending its services.Update informasi perjalanan KA Bandara Soetta sudah kembali normal.Selasa, 25 February 2020 pic.twitter.com/5iX2xaAOo3— KA Bandara Railink (@RailinkARS) February 25, 2020Toll roadsState-owned toll road operator PT Jasa Marga said 12 highway sections were affected by flooding, including parts of the Jagorawi toll road, the Jakarta-Tangerang toll road and the Jakarta-Cikampek toll road.Jasa Marga said the Jakarta Outer Ring Road (JORR) was the worst hit, with a section of the road near Rorotan, North Jakarta, closed because it was inundated by 45 to 50 cm of water.“Jasa Marga staff on the Jakarta-Cikampek route are setting up signs to warn drivers to slow down before the flooded area,” Jasa Marga spokesperson Dwimawan Heru said in a press release.Odd-even policyThe floods have prompted the Jakarta Traffic Police to suspend the odd-even license plate policy.“On the orders of the Jakarta Police traffic director, the odd-even license plate policy will not be enforced today, because the situation makes it impossible,” the Jakarta Traffic Police posted on their Twitter account @TMCPOLDaMetro. (kmt)Topics :last_img read more

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Indonesia’s first COVID-19 patients recovering, hospital says

first_img“They can eat by themselves without being fed, they can change their clothes and go to the bathroom without any assistance from their family or nurses.”Read also: Five COVID-19 suspects still isolated, waiting for conditions to improve: MinistryThe patients’ vitals, including blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature, are normal, he added.Syahril went on to say that the two patients had a greater chance of recovery because they had no underlying medical issues.“The mother [Case 2] is 64 years old. It will be more difficult for elderly patients [to recover]. However, her progress is an indicator that she will recover.”President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Monday that a 31-year-old woman, or Case 1, and her 64-year-old mother had tested positive for COVID-19. Case 1 contracted the virus from a Japanese woman who later tested positive in Malaysia in late February. (nal) The country’s first two confirmed COVID-19 patients, identified as Case 1 and 2, are in stable condition and showing signs of improving after five days of treatment at the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital’s (RSPI) isolation ward in North Jakarta.RSPI president director Mouhammad Syahril said on Friday the two patients had been able to communicate with their friends and family outside the hospital through text messages and video calls.“They are generally in a good condition […] As of today [Friday], alhamdulillah [praise God], they no longer have a fever,” RSPI president director Mohammad Syahril said, adding that the patients’ shortness of breath and coughing had also improved. Topics :last_img read more

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Eight Indonesian citizens test positive for COVID-19 in India

first_imgThe Indonesian Embassy in New Delhi confirmed on Thursday that eight Indonesian citizens had tested positive for COVID-19 and were now under intensive care at a hospital in India’s city of Hyderabad.Local news outlet The New Indian Express reported on Tuesday morning that a total of 10 Indonesians and three Indians had been admitted to Hyderabad’s Gandhi Hospital on Monday after they were suspected to have contracted the coronavirus.The police said the 10 Indonesians were part of an Islamic outreach organization and had arrived in Karimnagar – a city in Telangana state in southeast India – on Saturday from Delhi.Indonesian Ambassador to India Sidharto Suryodipuro said that eight of the 10 Indonesians were now receiving treatment and were in a stable condition.“The two others [Indonesians] are still being examined. The result will be announced today [Thursday],” he told The Jakarta Post via instant messaging.  “We have to appreciate the efforts of the Indian and Telangana health authorities. The embassy is in constant communication with the Indian Foreign Ministry,” he added.Separately on Tuesday, Sidharto said the embassy was closely monitoring the case, without providing further details about the chronology of the matter.The news outlet reported that the Indonesians as well as three Indians were staying in a mosque after arriving in Karimnagar. As the Indian government has restricted international arrivals into the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, authorities who had received information regarding the arrival of the Indonesians began to look for them and later took them to a nearby hospital for COVID-19 tests before taking them to Hyderabad.Sidharto pointed out that the embassy would ensure that the Indonesian citizens’ rights were protected in accordance with Indian law.The Indonesian embassy will provide interpreting services for them. “I have also spoken to the Telangana director of public health. They said our fellow Indonesians were being taken care of in the hospital,” Sidharto said Tuesday.“The embassy is ready to cooperate with Indian health authorities to ensure the well-being of people around us,” he added.Topics :last_img read more

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Syria confirms first coronavirus case

first_imgDamascus announced a ban on public transport on Sunday as it stepped up a lockdown introduced in recent days, including the closure of schools, parks, restaurants and various public institutions, as well as calling off army conscription.Medics say the country is also vulnerable with thousands of Iranian-backed militias fighting alongside the forces of President Bashar al Assad, who maintain a strong presence in main cities and have their headquarters in the Damascus Shi’ite suburb of Sayeda Zainab.Iranian-backed militias still cross into Syria from the AlBukamal border crossing with Iraq.Iran, one of the countries most affected by the pandemic outside China, is Syria’s main regional ally.Iran’s Mahan Air still has regular flights from Tehran to Damascus, according to Western diplomats tracking Syria, even though other Syrian flights have been suspended.Medics in the opposition-held northwest also fear the virus could spread quickly in crowded camps for tens of thousands of displaced Syrians.Topics : Syria on Sunday confirmed its first case of coronavirus, in a person who had come from abroad.Health Minister Nizar al-Yaziji told state media “necessary measures” had been taken regarding the 20 year-old woman, who he said would be quarantined for 14 days and given medical checks.There have been unconfirmed reports in recent weeks of coronavirus cases in Syria, whose health system, housing and infrastructure have been ravaged by nine years of civil war, but the authorities have denied any outbreak.last_img read more

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COVID-19: West Java prepares quarantine plan pending government approval

first_img“No region should impose quarantine measures without central government approval,” he said.Read also: Jakarta prepares local quarantine scenarioRidwan further advised the public not to return to their hometown ahead of Ramadan to curb the spread of COVID-19.He has instructed community unit and neighborhood unit chiefs to register any residents who have just returned from traveling or working in cities outside of West Java. The West Java provincial administration is preparing a scenario for a regional quarantine while awaiting the go-ahead from the central government, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said on Sunday.“We’re discussing [the regional quarantine]. However, the decision to impose a quarantine or not remains in the hands of the central government,” Ridwan said.He said he was in close communication with COVID-19 Task Force chief Doni Monardo to ask for permission to enact certain policies. “[Returnees] must self-quarantine for 14 days as people under general monitoring for COVID-19,” West Java Regional Secretary spokesperson Hermansyah said in a written statement on Sunday.“The more people return home, the more difficult it is for us to track each person’s medical and travel histories.”Ridwan conceded that the appeal for residents to stay at home had not been fully obeyed and some had ignored the warning.“We hope that the people will be ready when the time comes to impose a local quarantine. Therefore, we’re doing our best to prepare for such a scenario.” As of Sunday, Indonesia has reported 1,285 confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide, 149 of which are in West Java.(aly)Topics :last_img read more

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Visits to retailers down significantly since start of social distancing policy

first_imgTopics : Major outdoor activities in Indonesia have declined sharply since the issuance of the government’s social distancing policy in mid-March, which encourages people to work from home, among other measures, to curb the spread of COVID-19, according to the latest mobility report issued by Google.Visits to retail and recreational spaces such as restaurants, shopping centers, libraries and movie theaters have dropped 43 percent in the first week of April from January-February, Google’s Community Mobility Reports on global movement trends during the pandemic show.One of Indonesia’s biggest shopping mall chains, Lippo Group Mall, said that all 70 of its malls across the country had been temporarily closed since late March or early April. Prior to the closure, the number of visitors had declined 10 to 20 percent, Lippo Malls corporate public relations and reputation manager Nidia Ichsan told The Jakarta Post on Monday. Jakarta imposed two-week, large-scale social distancing (PSBB) on Friday, during which schools, workplaces places of worship across Jakarta are closed. The measure, which carries a harsh sanction, was issued as the social distancing appeal earlier imposed by the government was not effective in reducing people’s mobility. The Google report showed that supermarkets and pharmacies saw a 24 percent decline in visitors as they were essentials services during the PSBB. Concurrently, the trend for people staying in residential areas is up by 14 percent.Rini Aisyah, 41, for example, has been in self-quarantine with her family in East Jakarta for 27 days. The last time she went out was to buy groceries on April 9, prior to the Jakarta PSBB imposed the following day.She went on to say that she had to drive to the grocery store alone as her husband had to stay home with their 5-year-old son. The family’s nanny had been given time off at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.“We wanted to take our son to watch a children’s movie, Trolls 2, but for now, we have to be satisfied with online streaming and watching it on a laptop,” she said, adding that she also missed hanging out with her coworkers and joining family dinners at the mall.“I used to take the TransJakarta to work, but since early March, I’ve been using app-based ojek [motorcycle taxi ] instead because I’m afraid public transportation would be crowded,” she said, adding that her place of work had allowed employees to work from home.People’s mobility at transit stations such as bus and train stations saw the biggest change with a 58 percent decline. The Google data showed that most of the decline happened around March 15 when President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called for people to study, work and pray from home.The trend for workplaces, however, showed the least change with only a 17 percent drop and the only key activities that showed a fluctuation, meaning that some people still worked from their offices amid the pandemic.“I still took the commuter line last week and will have to take it again on Friday to go to work,” said 25-years-old Ferdian Pratama, a civil servant in Jakarta.He said he had been going to the office once a week since March 17.Ferdi lives in a kos-kosan (rooming house) in Depok, West Java. He still goes out to buy food and groceries at minimarkets almost daily, but it has been increasingly difficult to find a food vendor that was still open in his neighborhood, he said.He went on to say that he was the only tenant left in the kos-kosan because the others had decided to go back to their respective hometowns. Along with being alone and working from home, the quarantine has driven him into boredom.“I miss being on the field for work because I like to be on the move,” he told the Post. “Also, I want to see a concert or go to a festival after the pandemic is over.”center_img “There was a significant visitor decline in our mall in Depok at the beginning of March because the first two COVID-19 cases had just been found in the city,” she said over the phone.Nidia added that visitation rates varied depending on the area. A Lippo mall in Palembang, South Sumatra, for example, was still crowded around mid-March before its temporary closure on April 1.Meanwhile, shopping centers in the capital were seeing lesser visitors, especially since movie theaters had been closed since mid-March.“As of now, we plan to close the malls until April 24, but we will comply with government’s regulation if further closure is needed,” she said, adding that ATMs, food and beverage tenants, as well as supermarkets and pharmacies, were still open for business.last_img read more

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Draft virus resolution submitted to the UN Security Council

first_imgIt also calls for “all parties to armed conflicts to engage immediately in a durable humanitarian pause for at least 30 consecutive days.”But it exempts military operations against the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda and Al-Nusra groups, and all “terrorist” entities listed by the Security Council.Discussions will begin soon after the members have given their first comments on the text, diplomats said on condition of anonymity.”There will be no negotiations as such,” said one diplomat, adding that a vote could take place early next week. The UN Security Council began work Wednesday on a draft resolution co-authored by Tunisia and France urging “enhanced coordination” and a general cessation of hostilities in conflicts on its agenda, in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.The three-page draft, obtained by AFP, was delivered to the 15 members of the Security Council.The draft “emphasizes the urgent need for enhanced coordination among all countries” and “demands a general and immediate cessation of hostilities in all countries on its agenda.” A decisive push for the text could come at a videoconference of the leaders of the five permanent members that may be held on Friday, according to Russian media.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a global ceasefire last month as the world fights the pandemic which has forced more than half of humanity behind closed doors.Western nations have buckled under the strain, with hospitals struggling to cope and the world facing unprecedented economic fallout. The once-in-a-century crisis has fuelled fears for millions of people living in conflict zones such as Yemen and Afghanistan, developing countries whose healthcare systems have already been made dysfunctional by violence and poverty. Any break in the fighting could prove pivotal as they struggle to cope with outbreaks, allowing vital aid to reach those in need.However, the Security Council has remained reticent since the start of the pandemic, silenced by strong divisions between its permanent members — notably, the United States, China and Russia.It did not hold its first meeting devoted exclusively to the pandemic until April 9, after a push by Germany; and it did not adopt any strong stance then. The current draft is the result of weeks-long negotiations between one side, consisting of the ten non-permanent members of the Council, led by Tunisia; and the permanent members, led by France.”It’s very important that the Security Council speak with one voice on the current crisis that is gripping the whole world,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric reiterated on Wednesday at his daily press conference. “We would greatly appreciate a strong voice from the Security Council,” he insisted. A paragraph in the draft relating to the World Health Organization has been left blank and will be decided at the end of the negotiations.The WHO has been taking fire for a fortnight from the United States, which has suspended its funding for the UN agency in protest at what Washington says is its mishandling of the pandemic.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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New chief justice Syarifuddin takes his oath to lead Supreme Court

first_imgRead also: Heavy task awaits new Supreme Court chief to tighten monitoring of judgesMany believe Syarifuddin faces a great challenge, as he is expected to restore public faith in the country’s judicial system by imposing stern sanctions against judges who violate its code of ethics, an issue that Hatta was criticized for during his term.In 2019, the Judicial Commission recommended sanctions against 130 judges who allegedly violated the code of ethics, a staggering increase from the 37 judges who received sanctions in 2018.Also on Thursday, Manahan Sitompul took his oath as a Constitutional Court justice for his second five-year term before the President. Manahan’s first term ended on April 28.Topics : Muhammad Syarifuddin is officially at the helm of the country’s highest court after taking his oath to serve as the new Supreme Court chief justice before President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the State Palace on Thursday.Syarifuddin, formerly the court’s judicial division deputy head, is set to lead the Supreme Court for the next five years until 2025, replacing his predecessor Hatta Ali, who was due for retirement next month after previously serving two terms at the court.The 65-year-old career judge won the majority vote with 32 votes during an election held in a plenary meeting attended by 47 Supreme Court justices on April 6. The other candidate, Andi Samsan Nganro, received 14 votes. last_img read more

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Video game titans earnings climb as people play at home

first_imgThe latest installment in the popular “FIFA” soccer video game franchise boasted more than 25 million players, and the “Madden NFL 20” title – devoted to US pro football – saw the highest online engagement numbers in franchise history.A freshly released “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order” title boasted more than 10 million users.”We’re humbled to see people around the world connecting through our games during this unprecedented period,” EA chief executive Andrew Wilson said in an earnings release.”Our focus continues to be on everything we can do for our people, our players, and our communities.”EA said that it continues to see rising engagement with its online services as people remain hunkered down at home due to the pandemic.The California-based company warned, however, that the full effect of the crisis on its business remained tough to predict.People without jobs might have time for play, but might be more interested in finding work or saving money. Working remotely could take a toll on game company productivity.Activision Blizzard shares climbed some four percent in after-market trades, while EA shares slid by about four percent.Topics : US video game titans Activision and Electronic Arts on Tuesday reported strong earnings as people staying home due to the coronavirus pandemic turn to games such as “Call of Duty.”Activision said an average of 102 million people played its games online per month in the first quarter of this year, with “Call of Duty: Warzone” racking up more than 60 million players since its launch in March.”Our goal to connect the world through epic entertainment is more important to our players than ever before,” Activision Blizzard chief executive Bobby Kotick said in an earnings release. “In the face of so many difficulties, our employees have made certain that the joy, the engagement, and the benefits of gaming remain an effective way to help keep our 400 million players around the world connected and safe.”Play of “Overwatch” and “World of Warcraft” continued to climb, and the popular color-matching smartphone game “Candy Crush” held firm as the top-grossing franchise in US mobile app stores, according to Activision.Activision reported profit of US$505 million on revenue of $1.8 billion in the quarter.Electronic Arts reported that its net income doubled to $418 million on revenue that grew to $1.4 billion in the first three months of this year.last_img read more

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Hemodialysis patient group to challenge BPJS Kesehatan premium increase for second time

first_imgThrough Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 64/2020 signed on May 5, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration once again increased the monthly premiums for the national health insurance program.The regulation raises the premium for first-class services to Rp 150,000 (US$10.11) per month per person from Rp 80,000, while the second-class premium was increased to Rp 100,000 from Rp 51,000. The premium for third-class services — the most affordable one — was increased to Rp 42,000 from Rp 25,500.The government will fully subsidize the increase for third-class services this year and participants will only be required to pay the initial premium of Rp 25,500. Starting from January 2021, however, the subsidy will be reduced by Rp 7,000, so third-class service participants will need to pay Rp 35,000.The new Perpres is a revision to the previous regulation on the same matter, which also stipulated the rise of BPJS premiums but with a higher increase for first-class and second-class services. The Indonesian Hemodialysis Patient Community (KPCDI) will once again file a judicial review to the Supreme Court against the government’s decision to increase the premiums of the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) after the former annulled a similar policy earlier this year.”The KPCDI is currently discussing [the plan] with a team of lawyers and preparing the lawsuit dossier,” KPCDI chairman Tony Samosir said in a statement published on the group’s website on Wednesday.Additionally, Tony said the decision to increase premiums amid the current COVID-19 outbreak in the country was “unfortunate”. Read also: COVID-19 exposes flaws in Indonesia’s health insurance programThe previous policy, stipulated in Perpres No. 75/2019, was revoked by the Supreme Court after the KPCDI filed a judicial review against it.”Even though there has been a change in the increase, it is still considered burdensome for the public, especially amid the current uncertain economic conditions,” Tony said, adding that the KPCDI saw the increase as the government’s way to “outsmart” the court’s decision.Tony went on to say that the government should not increase the premium for the third-class services as participants of the most affordable class made up the majority of the health insurance’s 35.14 million individual participants, with 21.64 million people as of May.BPJS Watch advocacy coordinator Timboel Siregar also decried the increase of the third-class premium amid the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that it would be ineffective as around 14.83 million BPJS Kesehatan participants in all classes still had premiums in arrears.He further said that the government should instead review the third-class service participants’ data so that the poor people who were unable to afford monthly premiums could be allocated to the BPJS Kesehatan’s Recipients of Contribution Assistance (PBI), where their premiums would be fully subsidized by the government.“Just perform a data cleansing and then some participants can be transferred to the PBI. So, the poor can be truly covered and [the third-class service] subsidies are right on target,” he told The Jakarta Post on Friday.While some members of the public rejected the premiums increase, the government said that the policy aims to improve the national healthcare system and help the insurance agency improve its services and standards amid mounting debts.BPJS Kesehatan president director Fachmi Idris also said that the new premiums would help the company repay liabilities that were already in default to hospitals and balance its financial position this year.Topics :last_img read more

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