KOMPAS.com – The most wonderful time of year is here, but with everything that has happened in 2020, it feels anything but that.
Jakarta Vice-Governor, Ahmad Riza Patria extended a warm Christmas greeting to the followers of the Christian religion in a video posted on his social media account.
In his video, he asked for Indonesians to pray this Christmas and New Year’s holidays for Jakarta to be free of the Covid-19 virus. Riza is no stranger to the novel virus as he was infected by Covid-19 earlier this year.
Year-end holiday travelers spared no time to travel and return home as the operator of Indonesia’s main airport of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport reported a surge in the number of passengers.
According to the operator, Angkasa Pura II, passenger numbers soared 22 percent compared to the previous month. The number of year-end holiday flights also increased by 27 percent compared to November 2020.
In non-holiday related news, a University of Indonesia Headmaster, Hikmahanto Juwana stated that the Indonesian government will never start diplomatic relations with Israel even with a Rp 28T offer hanging over them from the US government.
Forging diplomatic relations with Israel is the equivalent of a suicide mission for the Indonesian government.
More details on today’s Indonesia news are highlighted below:
1. Jakarta Vice-Governor Makes a Covid-19-Related Christmas Wish
The coronavirus pandemic had a key role in Indonesia’s Christmas celebrations this year as the nationwide Covid-19 caseload exceeds 700,000.
Today alone, Indonesia recorded over 7,500 new Covid-19 cases. Jakarta Vice-Governor, Ahmad Riza Patria asked for followers of the Christian faith to pray that the city be free of the novel virus.
“Let us celebrate Christmas and New Year’s and extend a prayer to the Almighty God to have Jakarta and our beloved country be free of the Covid-19 virus.”
Riza also reminded the public to adhere to health protocols this year-end holiday throughout any activities that they decide to undertake.
Abiding by the rules seeks to prevent any virus transmission amid an epidemic that has continuously been on the up.