September 10, 2021

Domestic flight rules loosened + 40 million Indonesians get jab + When it comes to Covid, radio rules + more

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“Domestic Passengers to Bali From Outside Java Need Only Antigen Test” from Tribun Bali (Indonesian): Travel conditions for domestic travellers flying into Bali are increasingly being relaxed. Now those from outside Java, such as Sumatra and Kalimantan, can also use an Antigen test. Those who fly can show a negative antigen result provided that they have received the second dose of vaccination, or a negative PCR test if they have just received the first dose of vaccination. Evidence of vaccination is shown through the PeduliLindungi app. Previously anywhere, except Java, required a negative PCR result.


“Over 40 Million Indonesians Fully Vaccinated” from The Jakarta Globe: Indonesia reached a new milestone in its Covid-19 response on Thursday when the total number of fully vaccinated citizens topped 40 million, or 19.5% of target population. It has administered 1.7 million doses in the last 24 hours, according to Health Ministry data. About 70.8 million citizens have received at least a single dose of the vaccine to date, with 40.6 million fully vaccinated -- including more than 750,000 medical workers who have received a booster. In Jakarta, around 69% of target population have been fully vaccinated. Bali has the second-best rate, at 53%. Provinces like Central Java, West Java, South Sulawesi, East Kalimantan and North Sumatra still have their full vaccination rate below 19% of target population.


“Radio Plays Crucial Role in Indonesia Amid Covid-19 Pandemic” from Antara: Indonesia's Ministry of Communication and Informatics highlighted the importance of radio's vital role in providing information on the COVID-19 pandemic to people in addition to being an accurate information distribution medium to tackle hoaxes. "The ministry observes that radio plays an important role by providing information through a variety of talk shows, information dissemination activities, as well as public service announcements regarding COVID-19 pandemic," Communication and Informatics Minister Johnny G. Plate said on Thursday. Radio not only plays a part in spreading information but it also offers public services, such as the online learning program for students during COVID-19 pandemic, he said.

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“NTB Vaccination Absorption Targeted at 41,000 Doses Per Day” from Bisnis Bali (Indonesian): West Nusa Tenggara has targeted 41,000 vaccinations per day to achieve the target of 70% of NTB residents being vaccinated by November 2021 before the World Superbike event. The vaccination target was increased after the NTB provincial government received a visit from Commission IX of the Indonesian House of Representatives on Thursday which is authorized to supervise vaccination. In addition, the World Superbike event requires that the number of vaccinations for NTB as the host must be 70% of the total population. The Indonesian House of Representatives Commission IX delegation also handed over 50,000 doses of vaccine and 50,000 rapid antigen test kits to be used in NTB .

Context: This is a marked increase from the announced target of 15,000 shots per day which was noted in Bali Beat yesterday as being insufficient to reach the stated target of 70% of the population.


Vaccination Update

“Indonesia Targets 2.5 Million Vaccinations Daily, Pfizer a Challenge” from Antara: The Indonesian government is targeting to increase the rate of COVID-19 vaccinations to 2.5 million per day in September this year, an official has said. "Our target is to pursue 2-2.5 million vaccinations per day with targets in Java-Bali regions of 1.5 million each day, and one million per day outside Java-Bali," Health Ministry’s spokesperson for the COVID-19 Vaccination Program, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, said on Wednesday. Distributing vaccines to all 34 provinces across Indonesia will be quite a challenge as some vaccines need to be stored at -70 degrees Celsius, thus, they cannot be given to remote areas of Indonesia, she said. "Hence, the vaccines are only disbursed to the vaccination sites around the vaccine warehouse in frozen form and must be diluted, thus they require a special refrigerator. They only last 30 days – it is the challenge of using Pfizer's vaccine," she said.

Context: The 2.5 million target is a 25% increase from the two million figure announced just two days ago.

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Health Protocols (Prokes) & Health Services

“Experts: Mu Variant Less Dangerous Than Delta” from Tempo: The Genetic Working Group of the Faculty of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing of Gadjah Mada University said that the Mu Variant or B1621 variant of coronavirus is not as dangerous as Delta. Head of the Genetics Working Group of FKKMK UGM, dr. Gunadi said that the Mu variant is categorized by the WHO as the Variant of Interest, while the Delta variant is in the Variant of Concern category. "Because Delta in the VoC category, the level is above Mu, which is in the VoI category," he said. Although it has not been detected in Indonesia, the Mu variant needs to be anticipated to cause a decrease in antibody levels, either due to infection or vaccination.

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Economy & Infrastructure

“Bali Arak Cooperative Association to Reject Alcohol Ban Bill” from Kumparan (Indonesian): The Bali Arak Cooperative Association is currently drafting a petition to reject the Draft Law on the Prohibition of Alcoholic Drinks in Indonesia. This petition is planned to be submitted to the Legislative Body of the DPR RI on September 30. Chairperson of the Bali Arak Cooperative Association , Ida Ayu Pusa Eni, said "Arak is not just a local drink from Bali, it is also a hereditary heritage from ancestors that has an impact on cultural conservation, nature conservation, and supporting the people's economy."

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Education

“More Student Vaccinations Can Expedite Offline Learning” from Antara: Indonesian President Joko Widodo has said that getting more students vaccinated against COVID-19 will accelerate the implementation of face-to-face learning in schools. "As more students are vaccinated, the face-to-face learning process will enhance. I asked if everything has already started. We hope to start face-to-face as soon as possible because we want the students to immediately get the knowledge back in school," he said on Thursday.

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“Police Cyber Team Finds No eHAC Data Leak” from Antara: Indonesian Health Ministry's Data and Information Center Head Anas Maruf confirmed that investigation by the Police Headquarters' Cyber Team did not find any data leak from the "Health Alert Card" (eHAC) app. "The police also do not find any attempt to retrieve data from the eHAC server," Maruf said on Thursday. Maruf remarked that the Cyber Police Team has officially stopped investigation into the alleged eHAC data leak after finding no proof of retrieval of the eHAC users' personal data. "The police have officially stopped the investigation into the alleged data leak case in the eHAC system application," he said.

Context: As noted in Wednesday’s Bali Beat, the National Police announced an ongoing investigation into the alleged eHac leak on Monday, contradicting official statements that there was no leak. The investigation was announced closed later the same day.

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