KOMPAS.com – Today in Indonesia news, irritation grew among the urban society as news broke that the government facilitated an event organized by Rizieq Shihab.
The leader of the Islamic group, Islam Defenders Front held a wedding for his daughter that was said to receive 10,000 guests in attendance.
Although Indonesia is far from ending its first wave of coronavirus infections as the national caseload creeps closer to 500,000 confirmed cases, the Covid-19 Taskforce instead provided 20,000 face masks and hand sanitizers for Rizieq’s event guests triggering fury among some of the Indonesian public.
Rizieq explained that his family paid a fine believed to be Rp 50 million for breaking social distancing rules imposed by the Jakarta Provincial Government.
Head of the Covid-19 Taskforce, Doni Monardo reminded the Governor and Vice Governor of Jakarta to emphasize adherence to Covid-19 health protocols to the public as a means of preventing virus transmission.
Doni also asserted that there be better cooperation between Indonesia’s central government with the Jakarta Provincial Government and the country’s public figures in battling the deadly virus.
A wrap-up of today’s Indonesia news is highlighted below:
1. Hospital Beds for Covid-19 Patients in Jakarta Filling Up Fast
The number of occupied beds for Covid-19 patients in referral hospitals in Jakarta increased by 13 percent over the past two weeks thus pushing the total number of occupied beds to 63 percent.
Head of the Covid-19 Taskforce, Doni Monardo additionally shared that the number of ICU rooms being utilized at the capital city's referral hospitals increased by 10 percent pushing the total occupation rate to 68 percent as of yesterday.