Record Cases and Deaths, Worship Indoors, New Commuter Restrictions, Quiet Virtual July 4
Jul 12, 2021 | AmCham Indonesia
Record Cases, Deaths & Recoveries
Indonesia recorded its highest number of new daily cases today, July 12, with 40,427, for a total of 2,567 million since the pandemic began. The death toll also increased by 891 for a total of 67,355.
The national bed occupancy rate (BOR) has also increased by 77 percent. Areas with notably high rates are Yogyakarta (93 percent), Banten (91), West Java (87), Jakarta (87), Lampung (85), Central Java (83), East Java (83), and East Kalimantan (83 percent).
Meanwhile, Indonesia also recorded its highest death toll on Sunday, July 11, with 1,007 new deaths, the most deaths that day globally, ahead of Russia with 749 and India with 597.
A record of 32,615 patients also recovered from Covid-19 yesterday, July 11, an increase from 28,561 the previous day, said a spokesman for the Ministry of Communication and Informatics Dedy Permadi. The total number of recovered patients has reached 2,084,724.
4 Foreign Tourists Told to Leave Bali for Covid Breaches
Four foreign tourists – two Russian, one American, and one Irish – have been ordered to pack up their swimsuits and leave Bali for breaching health protocols as Indonesia faces skyrocketing Covid-19 cases.
A Russian woman who escaped mandatory quarantine after testing positive on her arrival in Bali last week was caught and placed in isolation and will be deported once she recovers.
The other three were placed in a detention room at the immigration office while waiting for their flights to their countries later on Monday. They were found to be not wearing masks during a raid in Kuta last week.
Minister of Religion Instructs Houses of Worship in All Red Zones to Close
The Minister of Religious Affairs, Yaqut Cholil Qoumas, has ordered the temporary closure of mosques, churches, and temples located in areas under emergency PPKM, as well as those in red and orange zones not under emergency PPKM. To minimize the potential spread of Covid-19, people have been asked to temporarily carry out religious activities in their own homes.
New Restrictions for Commuters and Personal Vehicle Passengers
Starting today, July 12, the Ministry of Transportation requires passengers on commuter trains, public transportation, and personal vehicles to carry a Workers Registration Certificate (STRP) for travel during the emergency PPKM. Only critical and essential workers are permitted to travel. Commuter train (KRL) passengers are expected to show either an STRP or other statement letters from the local government, and/or an assignment letter signed by their company head. The two documents also apply to those using personal vehicles. The restrictions are governed under Circular Letter No. 49/2021, which will be in effect at least until July 20 and may be extended based on future developments.
Only PCR Tests from Registered Labs OK for Air-Travel
Only PCR test results issued by the 742 laboratories affiliated with the Ministry of Health will be recognized for air travel, starting today, July 12. The increased restrictions are intended to ensure the safety of passengers.
The government conducted trials for flight check-ins using the PeduliLindungi app from July 5-12 and laboratories are expected to input the New All Record (NAR) to the applications, otherwise, the PCR results will not be recognized. The affiliated laboratories are listed under Decree No HK.01.07/Menkes/4642/2021 on Laboratories for Covid-19 Examinations.
Singapore and UAE Suspend Entry for Indonesian Travelers
Starting today, July 12, travelers with a travel history to Indonesia within the last 21 days will be prohibited from transiting through Singapore. Travelers who arrived in Singapore without valid negative Covid-19 PCR test results taken within 48 hours before departure will not be allowed to enter Singapore. The only exceptions are Singapore citizens and permanent residents.
The United Arab Emirates also suspended entry for travelers from Indonesia starting yesterday, July 11. Some travelers, particularly UAE nationals and essential workers, will be excluded from the suspension and are subject to 10-day quarantine and PCR testing.
A program to sell vaccines offered under the gotong-royong individual vaccination program at Kimia Farma clinics has been delayed. Deputy Minister of State-Owned Enterprises Pahala N Mansury said the program would aim to accelerate the vaccination rate and economic recovery. The program was scheduled to launch today, July 12, but has been postponed until further notice due to public concern and interest.
Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said the individual vaccination rollout is meant to reach companies who have not been able to get access through the gotong-royong vaccination program initiated by the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), as well as foreigners working in Indonesia who are not included under the government vaccination program. He said the program will run in tandem with government-funded programs, so the public can choose.
AmCham Indonesia held a special virtual networking evening to celebrate both the US fourth of July Independence Day, and say a big thank you for the support of members during the troubled times of the Covid-19 pandemic.
AmCham Chairman Scott Hanna opened the July 8 virtual networking event, AmCham's first of the year, thanking members for helping AmCham through these hard times and also recognizing the very sad situation currently with the pandemic. He offered a moment of silence to remember the good friends we have lost and others who are ill.
There was fun also, however. The evening included virtual quizzes and wheelspins, with members receiving great prizes including: Taman Sari vouchers and Bhumi Varta t-shirts, vouchers for Turkuaz Restaurant and Warung Turki, bottles of whiskey from Delta Airlines, wine hampers from AmCham Indonesia, and scented candles from Qatar Airways.
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The star prize of the evening was an Elitebook laptop, courtesy of HP. It was won by Henny Flint, manager of the American Club. Was she happy? Oh yeah.
AmCham also sent gift bags to the first 30 registrants with goodies from our sponsors, which also included Coca Cola, Asian Tigers, Reckitt Indonesia, Mars, Starbucks, Tom Heischman, American Airlines, and the American Club. The wine was involved from the AmCham cellars.
“Even when times are tough, we have to celebrate the good times,” said AmCham Managing Director A Lin Neumann.
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AmCham Update is AmCham's regular newsletter on developments related to the pandemic crisis and other issues in Indonesia. It is edited by AmCham Managing Director A Lin Neumann and written by the AmCham Staff. Paul L Goddard is the Managing Editor