Rabu, 29 April 2020

23,000 COVID-19 affected in Bogor city get cash transfers - ANTARA English

23,000 COVID-19 affected in Bogor city get cash transfers - ANTARA English

Bogor, W Java (ANTARA) - As many as 23,000 families severely impacted by the economic fallout of the coronavirus outbreak have received cash transfers, or "Bantuan Langsung Tunai" (BLT), from the Bogor City administration, an official said.

"The cash transfers have been distributed to the recipients' homes through a collaboration with state-run postal service PT Pos Indonesia on Tuesday," Bogor Deputy Mayor Dedie A Rachim told journalists here on Wednesday.

The BLT recipients have been registered on the basis of Citizenship Identity Numbers (NIK), he explained, adding that they include people who have lost their jobs and those who cannot work due to the ongoing pandemic, he said.

Cash transfers are being distributed to groups most vulnerable to the economic fallout of COVID-19, who cannot even afford to buy staple food, the Deputy Mayor informed.

Eligible recipients will receive Rp500,000 for four months, he added.

The coronavirus outbreak initially struck the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019 and then spread to various parts of the world, including countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Indonesian Government announced the country's first confirmed cases on March 2, 2020. Since then, the central and regional governments have made persistent efforts to flatten the coronavirus curve by imposing healthcare protocols and social restrictions.

To break the chain of transmission of COVID-19, which has impacted the purchasing power of many families in Indonesia, large-scale social restrictions have been enforced in several cities, including Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi, and Pekanbaru.

The central government has also banned homebound travel, locally known as ‘mudik', during the fasting month of Ramadhan and the Idul Fitri holiday season.

The government officially implemented the 'mudik' ban from 00:00 hrs Western Indonesia Time (WIB) on Friday, April 24, 2020.

According to the Indonesian Transportation Ministry, the temporary ban has been imposed on use of public transportation, private vehicles, and motorbikes for ‘mudik’. The ban excludes the movement of logistics, drugs, officers, fire engines, ambulances, and hearses.

The ban will be in place until May 31, 2020 for land transportation; June 15, 2020 for railway transportation; June 8, 2020 for sea transportation; and, June 1, 2020 for air transportation. (INE)

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2020-04-29 14:32:28Z

COVID-19 Social Distancing in Indonesia - Jakarta and Bogor Put in Place PSBB - Lexology

COVID-19 Social Distancing in Indonesia - Jakarta and Bogor Put in Place PSBB - Lexology

In furtherance of Government Regulation No. 21 of 2020 on the Limitation of Large-Scale Social Interactions to Expedite Countermeasures against COVID-19 (March 31, 2020) (“GR 21/2020”), Bogor Regency has implemented Limitations on Large-Scale Social Interactions (Pembatasan Sosial Berskala Besar or “PSBB”), effective April 15 to April 28, 2020, with the hope of slowing the spread of COVID-19.

The introduction of PSBB was deemed necessary following a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in Bogor Regency and its proximity to DKI Jakarta, the center of the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia and which implemented similar social-distancing measures on April 10, 2020. As of the time of this writing, 58 COVID-19 cases have been declared in Bogor Regency.

PSBB in Bogor Regency took effect through the enactment of Regent of Bogor Regulation No. 16 of 2020 regarding the Implementation of PSBB to Handle COVID-19 in Bogor Regency (April 14, 2020) (“Bogor PSBB Reg”).

The PSBB measures implemented in each province and/or regency may differ from one another as GR 21/2020 allows regional governments to enact measures deemed appropriate for their particular circumstances, subject to several minimum mandatory social limitations. This article compares the PSBB enacted in Bogor Regency and the PSBB enacted in DKI Jakarta based on Governor of DKI Jakarta Province Regulation No. 33 of 2020 regarding the Implementation of PSBB to Handle COVID-19 in DKI Jakarta Province (“Jakarta PSBB Reg”)

a. Limitation on Outdoor Activities

Both the Bogor PSBB Reg and Jakarta PSBB Reg (the “Regulations”) define the following scope of outdoor activities: (i) activities at schools and other educational institutions; (ii) activities at workplaces; (iii) religious activities at houses of worship; (iv) activities in public places or facilities; (v) social and cultural activities; and (vi) the movement of people and goods by means of transportation. As a general rule, activities under these categories shall be closed or minimized, subject to several exemptions.

There are differences between the Regulations in terms of the types of activities under each specific category, as follows:

(i) Limitation on Teaching at Schools and Other Educational Institutions

Under the Bogor PSBB Reg, religious educational institutions are also subject to closure, while the Jakarta PSBB Reg does not explicitly stipulate the closure of such institutions. The Regulations provide that educational institutions that remain open are subject to COVID-19 prevention measures including the COVID-19 Prevention Protocol.

(ii) Limitation of Activities at the Workplace

The difference between the Regulations lies in the workplaces exempted from mandatory closure. In addition to the exemptions to workplace closure provided in the Jakarta PSBB Reg, the Bogor PSBB Reg provides the following additional exemptions:

  1. Regional institutions providing direct services to society, including disaster relief services, health services, transportation services, garbage disposal services, fire brigade, safety and compliance services, manpower services, food security services, social services, funeral services, and regional financial revenues and expenditure services;
  2. Businesses in the field of production of essential commodities, production that requires continuous process subject to obtaining a permit from the Ministry of Industry, oil and gas production, manufacturing of packaging for food, medicines, pharmaceuticals and health equipment, agricultural activities for basic ingredients and holticulture, production of goods for export, production of farming and agricultural goods, and production by micro, small and medium enterprises; and
  3. Land utilized for farming, growing plants for consumption, horticulture and fisheries.

In addition to the above, the Bogor PSBB Reg does not contain an exemption for technology companies as provided in the Jakarta PSBB Reg. Any businesses that remain open must implement COVID-19 prevention measures and follow the COVID-19 Prevention Protocol.

The Bogor PSBB Reg provides additional guidelines for industries whereby the management shall minimize activities. This includes the minimum number of employees, activities and operational times.

(iii) Limitation of Religious Activities at Houses of Worship

The Regulations stipulate that during the implementation of PSBB, religious activities shall be conducted at home. During PSBB, individuals in charge of houses of worship must employ COVID-19 prevention measures by limiting access to and maintaining the cleanliness of the houses of worship and educating worshippers to conduct religious activities at home.

(iv) Limitation of Activities in Public Places or Facilities

The Regulations prohibit any gathering of more than five individuals. The Bogor PSBB Reg provides an exemption for activities involving health services, medicine and health equipment, including:

  1. Fulfillment of health services at hospitals and all relevant medical institutions;
  2. Production and distribution activities, both private and public, such as pharmacies, blood tranfusion units, chemical supply and medical equipment stores, laboratories, clinics, ambulances, and pharmaceutical research laboratories, including veterinary health facilities.

In providing services to the public, the abovementioned facilities must seek guidance on health protocols and the requirements set out under the relevant rules and regulations.

Further, the Bogor PSBB Reg limits the operating hours for providers of retail goods as follows:

  1. Traditional markets can open from 4 am to 1 pm;
  2. Mini markets can open from 8 am to 6 pm; and
  3. Supermarkets can open from 9 am to 6 pm.

The Jakarta PSBB Reg does not provide any elucidation on the operational hours for providers of retail goods. Based on reports from several news outlets, however, supermarkets and other stores in DKI Jakarta have taken the initiative to limit their operational hours.

(v) Limitation on Social and Cultural Activities

During PSBB, the Regulations prohibit all gatherings or meetings related to politics, sports, entertainment, and academic and cultural activities. Additionally, the Bogor PSBB Reg requires all attendees at certain exempted gatherings such as circumcisions in health facilities, weddings at the Religious Affairs Office/Registry Office and funerals to wear masks.

b. Transportation of People and Goods

The Bogor PSBB Reg provides specific transportation categories permitted during PSBB, while the Jakarta PSBB Reg provides that all movements are temporarily suspended except for activities to fulfill primary needs and other permitted activities. The permitted transportation categories in the Bogor PSBB Reg are as follows:

  1. Transport of goods which includes freight trucks for transporting medical, health, and sanitation supplies, primary needs, food and beverages, distribution of money, fuel and gas, and the distribution of industrial materials; freight trucks and buses for the distribution of packages; buses picking up industrial employees; and transportation to support defense and security activities.
  2. Transport of people which includes private vehicles, public transportation by motorcycle and trains.

The number of people permitted inside private vehicles differs between the Regulations. The Jakarta PSBB Reg provides that private cars may not carry more than 50% of the vehicle’s passenger capacity, while the Bogor PSBB Reg determines the passenger limit by vehicle type. A private sedan with a capacity of four people may only carry three people, while non-sedans with a capacity of more than four people may only carry four people.

The requirements that application-based motorcylces are only allowed to carry goods and public vehicles can carry only 50% of the vehicle’s passenger capacity are the same in both Regulations.

c. Relief for Businesses during PSBB

The Jakarta PSBB Reg provides that incentives for businesses may take the form of reduction of regional tax and retribution, social aid for employees affected by PSBB, and other aid under the applicable laws and regulations. The Bogor PSBB Reg provides that incentives for businesses may take the form of abolishment of administrative sanctions such as interest on late payments or fines for failure to pay hotel taxes, restaurant taxes, entertainment taxes and/or parking taxes.

d. Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

The Regulations call for active participation by neighborhoods to monitor and report the implementation of PSBB to local Task Forces.

e. Sanctions and Enforcement of PSBB

On sanctions, the Regulations refer to the applicable laws and regulations. Based on Law No. 6 of 2018 on Health Quarantine (August 7, 2018), every person shall adhere to and participate in the implementation of a health quarantine (e.g., PSBB). Failure to adhere to and participate in the implementation of a health quarantine and/or the obstruction of the quarantine resulting in a public health emergency shall be punishable by imprisonment for a maximum of one year and/or a maximum fine of one hundred million Rupiah.

2020-04-29 10:43:32Z

Senin, 20 April 2020

Coronavirus Layoff Forces Bogor Man Into Theft to Feed Family - English

Coronavirus Layoff Forces Bogor Man Into Theft to Feed Family - English

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Many of the lower-income groups have suffered from the social restriction policies the government imposed to combat the spread of coronavirus,  which forced some to resort to crimes. This was the case for a man in Bogor, West Java, who attempted to rob a gas cylinder from a local store after he claims he and his family have not eaten for two days. 

The man identified as O.M. (30) resorted to theft after arguments arose between him and his wife at home due to him not able to provide anymore for his family after he was laid-off from the footwear factory he used to work amidst the pandemic.

However, he was not successful and was caught red-handed by the store owner and was eventually chased by store visitors and people nearby before receiving a beating from the angry mob.

“I had no choice. I just wanted to feed my child. I initially aborted my intention to steal the gas cylinder, I didn’t have the heart to do it,” said O.M. at his home in Cijeruk, Bogor District. 

O.M. said that he attempted to steal under desperation to feed his wife and toddler. Prior to his short-lived career as a criminal, the man had no criminal records and maintains that what he did was due to starvation. 

His claims for not having committed any criminal offense prior were confirmed by his neighbor and childhood friend Dani (31) who attests that O.M. is a man who can think of legal ways to look for alternative incomes. 

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2020-04-21 04:52:58Z

Sabtu, 18 April 2020

Bogor Mayor Bima Arya recovers from COVID-19 - ANTARA English

Bogor Mayor Bima Arya recovers from COVID-19 - ANTARA English

Alhamdulillah (praise be to God), it is a great news. The mayor is expected to return to work in the next few days amid the city's Large-Scale Social Distancing (PSBB) measure

Bogor (ANTARA) - Mayor of Bogor Bima Arya has made recovery from the COVID-19 disease after testing negative for coronavirus on Saturday.

"It was confirmed that the mayor had overcome the disease after his third test result came out negative today. He was tested last on Thursday, April 16," Vice Mayor of Bogor, Dedie A. Rachim, informed ANTARA through a message.

This is the forth case of a patient having recovered from the coronavirus infection in Bogor City after three other cases of recovery on Friday, April 17, Rachim pointed out.

"Alhamdulillah (praise be to God), it is great news. The mayor is expected to return to work in the next few days amid the city's Large-Scale Social Distancing (PSBB) measure," he noted.

Arya was confirmed positive for the virus on March 19 and was immediately hospitalized following his official visit to Turkey, Azerbaijan, on March 9-16.

Doctors have been tending to Arya for the past 22 days until the last week on April 11 and have given him discharge from hospital since he did not exhibit any clinical symptoms.

However, to take the recovery process a step further, Arya needs to self-quarantine for at least 14 days.

"As the medical team advises, Mr Arya is allowed to be discharged in order to advance his recovery process. The result could be better since he would find it more relaxing at home," Ilham Chaidir, director of the hospital, explained.

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2020-04-18 06:42:34Z

Selasa, 14 April 2020

Bogor city to jail those flouting large-scale social restrictions - ANTARA English

Bogor city to jail those flouting large-scale social restrictions - ANTARA English

The legal sanctions are stipulated in the Bogor mayor's regulation referring to the 218 Health Quarantine Law

Bogor, W Java (ANTARA) - The Bogor city administration has informed that it would start enforcing large-scale social restrictions and distancing measures in the city from Wednesday, and violators would face legal action.

Those violating the restrictions would face imprisonment of one year and a fine of up to Rp100 million, head of Legal and Human Rights Office at the Bogor City Administration, Alma Wiranta, told ANTARA on Tuesday.

"The legal sanctions are stipulated in the Bogor mayor's regulation referring to the 218 Health Quarantine Law," Wiranta said, adding that the legal sanctions have been laid down in Articles 28 and 29 of the large-scale social restrictions and distancing policy.

Jakarta’s provincial government has imposed large-scale social restrictions since April 10 for a period of 14 days to break the chain of the coronavirus pandemic.

The cities of Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Jakarta are economically and socially connected. A number of workers employed in Jakarta, regarded as the coronavirus epicenter in Indonesia, reside in Bogor, Depok, and Tangerang, as well as other buffer zones.

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According to Wiranta, if the violators are not residents, but companies, the legal sanctions would involve revoking of their business licenses and permits.

Wiranta also urged all parties in Bogor to respect the implementation of the large-scale social restrictions and distancing policy.

Considering the fact that COVID-19, which initially struck the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019, has spread to all 34 provinces of Indonesia, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) on Monday declared the coronavirus outbreak a national disaster.

President Jokowi accorded national disaster status to the ongoing pandemic in a letter (number 12/2020) dated on 13 April, 2020, which highlights several points, including the appointment of head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Doni Monardo, to lead the COVID-19 task force.

The Task Force for the Accelerated Handling of COVID-19 will work on mitigating the impact of the pandemic through coordinated effort with the concerned ministries, government agencies, and regional administrations.

The letter has also named governors, district heads, and city mayors as the heads of the COVID-19 task forces in their respective regions. While drawing up regional policies, they will be required to refer to the policies formulated by the central government.

The national disaster status implies that in the phase of emergency response, the BNPB will use the budget allocated to it by the government.

As of early this week, Indonesia has reported 4,557 confirmed COVID-19 cases. While the death toll from the contagion has reached 399, a total of 380 patients have completely recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospital.

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2020-04-14 15:10:33Z

Rabu, 08 April 2020

Infant in Bogor Becomes Indonesia's Youngest Covid-19 Patient - Jakarta Globe

Infant in Bogor Becomes Indonesia's Youngest Covid-19 Patient - Jakarta Globe

Bogor, West Java. A three-month-old baby boy in Bogor, West Java, has tested positive for coronavirus to become the youngest known Covid-19 patient in Indonesia, a local health official said on Wednesday.

The baby was admitted to Husada Hospital for persistent fever around two weeks ago and doctors took a specimen for a swab test. 

As a precaution, the baby was treated at the hospital for a full fortnight, which experts believe was the maximum incubation period for the virus. 

"The baby's clinical symptoms, the fever and persistent coughing, had eased at the end of the incubation period, so he was discharged from the hospital,” Bogor's Covid-19 task force spokesperson Syarifah Sopiah said.

But shortly after that, the result from the swab test came back positive, which prompted a second swab test. The baby was again placed under isolation at the same hospital, she said.

It was not immediately known how the baby contracted the virus. Medical officials are currently conducting rapid tests on his parents, close relatives and people in the neighborhood, she said.

The government has not reported infections among children in its daily Covid-19 updates before the case in Bogor.

While adults make up an overwhelming majority of the global cases, children and infants are prone to the infection too, health experts have suggested.

But there is no scientific finding yet to suggest that an infant can catch the disease in the womb. 

According to the latest figure, Indonesia now has 2,738 confirmed Covid-19 cases with 221 deaths.

Daily new cases have been increasing by 200 or more in recent days as more tests are conducted across the country.

Bogor, one of the satellite cities in Greater Jakarta, has 23 confirmed cases and three fatalities as of Tuesday.

2020-04-08 07:58:18Z

Drive-Through Rapid Testing for Covid-19 in Bogor - Jakarta Globe

Drive-Through Rapid Testing for Covid-19 in Bogor - Jakarta Globe

An officer waits outside the Pajajaran Stadium in Bogor, West Java, on Tuesday, where the city government conducts a drive-through rapid testing. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

The Bogor city administration conducted drive-through rapid testing for coronavirus at the Pajajaran Stadium in Bogor, West Java, on Tuesday.

There were two separate lines inside the stadium for cars and motorcycles. Health workers in protective gear took blood samples through car windows and maintained a distance of two meters at least from the motorcyclists while they queued for the test.

A previous rapid testing for Covid-19 in Bogor on Saturday found eight people positive with the coronavirus.

Medical personnel takes a blood sample during a test for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outside a Pajajaran Stadium in Bogor, West Java on Tuesday (07/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A health worker takes a blood sample through a car window. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Blood sample is taken during the coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid test. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Pricking the finger for a sample of blood. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A medical personnel wearing protective gear conducts rapid test preparation for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bogor, West Java on Tuesday (07/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A health worker in full protective gear waits outside the stadium. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Medical equipment for test a person for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The test strip. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Two medical personnels take blood sample to a person during rapid test for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Pajajaran Stadium in Bogor, West Java on Tuesday (07/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Health workers attend to a motorcyclist. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Medical personnel takes blood sample during rapid test for coronavirus disease. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Another finger pricked for a blood sample. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A medical personnel wipes dew in her friends protective google during rapid test for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bogor, West Java on Tuesday (07/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Wiping moisture from a colleague's goggle. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Medical Personnel wearing foggy protective glasses during coronavirus disease rapid test in Bogor, West Java on Tuesday (07/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protective goggles fog up easily in the humid weather. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Medical personnels takes off her protective gear after conduct a rapid test for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bogor, West Java on Tuesday (07/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Taking off protective gear inside a sterile change room. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Medical personnel sprays her comrade with disinfectant. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Spraying disinfectant on a colleague. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

2020-04-08 06:02:35Z