The duration of quarantine for all international travelers (both Indonesians and foreigners) entering Indonesia has been extended to eight days from the previous five, and travelers will get PCR testing upon arrival, said Covid-19 task force head Ganip Warsito on the updating of Circular Letter 8/2021, which will come into effect tomorrow, July 6.
The costs for isolation and PCR testing for Indonesian students, public sector employees those returning from business travel, and migrant workers, will be borne by the government. Indonesian nationals outside the categories above and foreigners, including diplomats, will be responsible for all costs. Travelers are recommended to continue self-quarantine for 14 days even if they test negative after their eight-day quarantine.
Other requirements include the obligation to show evidence (in physical or digital form) that they are fully vaccinated. If Indonesian citizens have not yet received two doses, they will be vaccinated at the quarantine facility after finishing their quarantine period and testing negative in their second PCR test. Vaccine certifications are not mandatory for foreigners on diplomatic visas and services visas for official visits at the ministerial level and above.
Ministry of Health Says Daily Tests to Increase; Another Case Record Set
The Ministry of Health is to increase Covid-19 testing up to 400,000 people per day to accommodate the increase in cases in Indonesia, said Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin. The current daily testing capacity in Indonesia is only 100,000 cases per day, one of the lowest in the world and one reason why Indonesia’s case figures are presumed to be far higher than the official reported numbers. The tracing of Covid-19 cases will also be improved and strengthened, say authorities.
Meanwhile, Indonesia saw a record 29,745 new Covid-19 cases today, July 5, the third day of the emergency lockdown, to reach 2,313,829 total cases since the pandemic began. There were also a record 558 deaths.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued Ministerial Instruction 15/2021 on the implementation of Emergency PPKM, directed to governors and regents/mayors, covering the regulations under emergency PPKM. Under this instruction, governors, regents, and mayors have the authority to disband crowds and gatherings. They will also receive the full support of the military, police forces, and the Supreme Court in enforcing the restrictions.
In line with Indonesia’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 29 percent by 2030, Microsoft Indonesia is partnering with Jejak.in, an Indonesian start-up company that provides Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) based solutions, to help improve carbon offsets.
With Microsoft Azure as the cloud platform, Jejak.in has developed a carbon calculator application and carbon offset marketplace to enable people to participate in carbon offsets anywhere and anytime. A number of organizations such as MRT Jakarta and Gojek have utilized these solutions to encourage their passengers/users in calculating the carbon footprint made from each trip, and enabling them to adopt trees to offset their emission.
“We are proud to support Jejak.in in reducing our carbon footprint. We hope more and more parties will be able to participate in the various initiatives we have, hence taking care of a healthier Indonesian environment. Let’s play our part to protect the environment and our earth,” said Linda Dwiyanti, Chief Partnership Officer, Microsoft Indonesia.
List of Toll Road Blockage Points During Emergency PPKM
PT Jasa Marga has implemented blockades on the Jakarta Inner City Toll Road, Padaleunyi Toll Road, Jagorawi Toll Road Exit Ciawi, and Semarang-Solo Toll Road of Java Island, as part of the Emergency PPKM in Java and Bali. These blockades will be enforced until July 20.
Financial Services Authority to Implement Emergency PPKM Measures
The Financial Services Authority (OJK) has announced its full support of emergency community activity restrictions (PPKM) that will be implemented until 20 July.
All financial service institutions will continue to operate in a limited way by following strict health protocols. ATMs will be regularly cleaned with disinfectant. Decisions on office operational arrangements and the implementation of work from home (WFH) policies have been left to individual institutions in the financial services industry.
The Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM) has granted an emergency use authorization (EUA) permit for the US-produced Moderna vaccine for use in Indonesia, said BPOM head Penny Kusumastuti Lukito at a press conference on July 2. The Moderna vaccine is the first mRNA vaccine to receive an emergency use permit from BPOM.
The government has brought in different types and brands of vaccines from various manufacturers, including Moderna, to achieve wider vaccination coverage.
Schools Outside Java and Bali Required to Offer Long-Distance and In-Person Learning
The Ministry of Education and Research says schools in areas other than Java and Bali must offer distance learning courses (PJJ) as well as in-person courses. This applies to non-emergency PPKM designated zones. Parents of children in these areas are allowed to choose between limited in-person learning or long-distance learning. Limited in-person learning options are allowed only in green zones, or places determined as relatively safe from Covid-19.
Worker Registration Certificate Required to Enter Jakarta
The Jakarta provincial government will enforce the use of worker registration certificates (STRP) during emergency PPKM for workers who need to travel in and out of Jakarta, starting today, July 5. STRP applies to critical and essential workers, as well as individuals with urgent needs such as hospital visits, funerals, and childbirth/maternity services.
For essential workers and individuals with urgent needs, the application documents for an STRP include KTP, an assignment letter from a company (for workers), a vaccination certificate, and a 4x6 color photo. An STRP is not mandatory for ministries and government agencies.
The STRP will be issued by the One-Stop Service Investment Office within five hours after registration is completed.
Jakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria has confirmed a letter was sent to a number of ambassadors requesting donations in the form of equipment, related to the opening of Nagrak Cilincing Flats in North Jakarta for Covid-19 patient isolation. The letter went viral on social media, and not long after another letter was issued apologizing and requesting the original letter be disregarded.
The letter said the Jakarta government needed assistance to provide supporting equipment such as 5,000 each of vellbeds, folding chairs, fans, towels, small folding tables, shower scoops, brooms, and buckets, plus 500 water dispensers, 520 20 liter trash cans, two freezer boxes, eight desk computers, five printers, and two laptops.
Riza said the letter was not only addressed to ambassadors but also to private companies and other groups as an invitation to help support fighting the pandemic.
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