Zero Covid Deaths in Jakarta, Bali May Reduce Quarantine, Consumer Confidence, Off the UK Red List
Oct 08, 2021 | AmCham Indonesia
Zero Deaths in Jakarta
There were zero Covid-19 deaths in Jakarta yesterday, Oct 7, according to Governor Anies Baswedan. Anies also told President Joko Widodo the pandemic is under control in the capital, which has the highest vaccination rate in the country and has exceeded targets for the first dose and 96 percent of the target for the second dose of Covid vaccines. However, he also reminded the public to remain aware of the dangers of Covid-19 transmission and to comply with all health protocols.
Bali Quarantine May Be Reduced For Foreign Tourists as Hotels Get Ready
The eight-day quarantine period for international visitors to Bali may be reduced to five days, according to Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto, who said it will be discussed with the National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB), the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Ministry of Transportation.
Meanwhile, some 35 Bali hotels have been prepared for foreign traveler quarantine by The Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI). They vary from 3-star to 5-star hotels.
Children under 12 will have to wait for vaccination as the National Food and Drug Agency (BPOM) awaits the results of clinical trials of several vaccines. Sinovac and Sinopharm have already submitted their critical trial results but are in the process of completing necessary data, BPOM head Penny Lukito said.
BPOM has also granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a new Chinese-made vaccine, Zifivax, making it the 10th vaccine to receive EUA in Indonesia. Zifivax’s efficacy rate is 81.71 percent one week after the full three doses are administered, and 81.4 percent within 14 days. It is only intended for those above 18 years of age.
The Riau Islands-Singapore travel bubble scheme has been canceled due to the spike in Covid-19 cases in Singapore, Riau Islands Governor Ansar Ahmad said. The bubble was previously proposed for Batam Nongsa and Bintan Lagoi, two tourist attractions frequently visited by Singaporean tourists.
The Riau Islands administration is now looking to attract domestic tourists, having sent a letter to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) proposing the relaxation of Covid-19 test requirements for inter-provincial travel.
With Freeport Indonesia (FI) now capable of producing medical oxygen at its plant in the Lowlands’ Light Industrial Park, the company is expanding its pandemic support by providing oxygen to other Papua regions dealing with Covid-19.
In July, Freeport was granted a government permit to convert one of its oxygen plants to produce much-needed medical oxygen to treat Covid-19 patients. Since then, it has supplied medical oxygen to hospitals in Mimika as the deadly Delta variant continues to ravage the region.
“We are glad that we can now produce much-needed medical oxygen and even assist another region in handling the virus. Hopefully, this assistance will help Asmat Regency overcome Covid-19 cases there,” said Jonny Lingga, Freeport Vice President for Government Relations.
Lingga said Freeport assistance to Asmat Regency is the first time the company has sent its own manufactured medical oxygen outside of Mimika.
The first phase saw 50 oxygen cylinders sent to Asmat. The second shipment of another 100 oxygen cylinders will go to hospitals in Asmat. Freeport has also provided nearly 600 oxygen cylinders to hospitals in Mimika.
“On behalf of the local government and Asmat people, I would like to thank Freeport for its generosity… It’s truly a blessing that Freeport Indonesia was able to resolve this dire situation,” said Elisa Kambu, Asmat Regent.
Consumer Confidence Up, Reserves Up
Consumer confidence in September strengthened due to improvements in public mobility, according to Bank Indonesia's latest Consumer Survey. The Consumer Confidence Index (IKK) hit 95.5, up from 77.3 in August, and was reflected in all categories of spending, education level, and respondent age groups. The IKK rose in all cities surveyed, with the highest in Pontianak, followed by Bandung and Makassar.
Meanwhile, Indonesia’s official reserve assets increased from $144.8 billion in August to $146.9 billion at the end of September – enough to finance 8.9 months of imports. The official reserve assets position, according to Bank Indonesia, will promote resilience and preserve macroeconomic and financial stability.
PeduliLindungi User Data Not Stored By Partner Apps: Ministry of Health
The integration of the PeduliLindungi QR Code application programming interface (API) with partner apps will comply with the principles of personal data protection, according to the Ministry of Health, and its data will not be stored in partner apps. Data accessed by PeduliLindungi partners is encrypted and in token form, so it can only be read by the systems of both parties. The only data that can be accessed by a partner app is the user’s health and vaccine status, as a requirement to enter a location.
Indonesia is one of a number of countries to be removed from the UK’s travel red list this month, so Indonesian travelers who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to spend 10 days in quarantine. Fully vaccinated travelers are also not required to undergo a Covid-19 test before they arrive from countries not on the red list.
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