Indonesia Highlights: Gov't Assistance to Mass Media Companies Continues until June | Jakarta's Governor Dissuades Traveling on Chinese New Year | Military and Police Needed to Combat Covid-19

February 10, 2021, 06.28 AM

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesian President Joko Widodo has paid tribute to the media for its untiring coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic over the past year. He also gave a tangible show of gratitude by easing its burden in taxes and utilities, most notably electricity.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan warned the capital’s denizens not to hit the road during the Chinese New Year holiday, in light of a surge of cases during long holidays, most notably Christmas and New Year’s at the end of last year.

And Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin noted that the military and police’s expertise in defending the nation is just as indispensable in fighting invisible enemies like Covid-19 as they are in tackling more tangible threats like terrorists or separatist insurgents.

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Gov't Assistance to Mass Media Companies Continues until June

President Joko " Jokowi" Widodo has marked National Press Day on Tuesday, February 9 by thanking the media for its coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic. He also expressed his concerns about the challenges faced by the media due to the coronavirus.

"I know the press industry, like other companies in the private sector, are experiencing financial difficulties," Jokowi said in the televised address. “Therefore, the government has extended tax incentives to ease the burden on the media industry.”

He added that the income tax (PPH) of workers in mass media companies “will be paid by the government. There are also cuts in corporate income tax, exemption of import tax, and acceleration of restitution. These incentives will be valid until June 2021."

The incentives given to other industries are also granted to mass media companies, among them extending reduced rates on subscription fees on electricity bills.

Jokowi said media workers would also be jabbed with the Covid-19 vaccine at the end of February.“

"As soon as 12 million doses of vaccine from Bio Farma are ready to be used, we will provide 5,000 doses of vaccine for the workers of the mass media companies", said Jokowi.

"I am sure there are many media people who want to be vaccinated. We will prepare the vaccines for them at the end of February or early March," said Jokowi.

State-owned pharmaceutical company PT Bio Farma will produce 12 million doses of the Covid-19 bulk vaccine from China's Sinovac, which is scheduled to be completed on February 11.

Source:

https://go.kompas.com/read/2021/02/09/170522574/government-assistance-to-mass-media-companies-continues-until-june?page=all#page2

Anies conveys well wishes to Christians on Christmas Day (25/12/2020)Dokumentasi @DKIJakarta/INSTAGRAM Anies conveys well wishes to Christians on Christmas Day (25/12/2020)

Jakarta’s Governor Dissuades Public From Traveling on Chinese New Year

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has dissuaded the public from hitting the road during the Chinese New Year weekend, a bit over a month after Covid-19 cases surged after holidaygoers traveled on the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

“I urge the [Jakarta] public to stay at home, as the number of Covid-19 cases remain high,” he said on Tuesday, February 9.

“Traveling can bring about the transmission of Covid-19 anytime, anywhere. If we are in a car with a relative who is exposed to the coronavirus or already contracted it for five to seven hours, then we are all at risk of contracting Covid-19.”

The Gerindra party politician called on the public to stay at home during the long weekends to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission. Jakarta is currently carrying out micro-scale social activities or PPKM, along with other provinces in Java as well as Bali until February 22.

Jakarta has seen 3,437 new Covid-19 cases over on February 9 to bring up the total number of 300,406. The coronavirus also killed 4,681 Jakartans.

Source:

https://megapolitan.kompas.com/read/2021/02/09/18573291/gubernur-anies-imbau-warga-jakarta-tidak-bepergian-di-long-weekend-pekan?page=all#page2

Indonesian Military Chief Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto at a review of military vaccinators and Covid-19 tracers. ANTARA FOTO/Asprilla Dwi Adha/rwa.ANTARA FOTO/ASPRILLA DWI ADHA Indonesian Military Chief Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto at a review of military vaccinators and Covid-19 tracers. ANTARA FOTO/Asprilla Dwi Adha/rwa.

Military and Police Intelligence Needed to Combat Covid-19

Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin has maintained that the military and police’s aid and expertise are indispensable in combating Covid-19 throughout Indonesia,

Speaking at a review of military vaccinators and tracers on Tuesday, February 9, the minister said the military and police’s strategic and intelligence capabilities enable them to “track and trace potential Covid-19 carriers.”

“While military intelligence is proficient at tracking their target or wiretapping their phone can be transferred to tracking potential cases with test kits, and to eradicate the coronavirus in an area. Most of all, the military and police have the reach to villages and neighborhoods in cities.”

The military and police have been on the front line of efforts to combat Covid-19, since the pandemic was found in Indonesia on March 2. They are expected to be jabbed with the Covid-19 vaccine next March, after health workers. 

Source:

https://nasional.kompas.com/read/2021/02/09/20234841/perang-lawan-covid-19-menkes-diperlukan-kemampuan-intelijen-tni-dan-polri

 

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