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Jumat, 30 Oktober 2020

Bogor tests tourists in Puncak to prevent clusters - Jakarta Post

Bogor tests tourists in Puncak to prevent clusters - Jakarta Post

As part of the local COVID-19 prevention measures during the long holiday weekend, the administration of Bogor regency in West Java has set up three "pop-up" health posts in the Puncak highlands that offer both the rapid antibody test and the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab test.

The posts are located at Harakatul Janah mosque, the Megamendung district office and the Telaga Warna resort and restaurant in the popular tourist area.

On Thursday, the Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday and the second day of the government’s cuti bersama (collective leave) to mark the public holiday, the three posts randomly tested 918 tourists headed to Puncak. Fifty of the tested tourists produced “reactive” results for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

“We have prepared a total of 1,000 rapid test kits. However, the number of people taking the test totaled 918, with 50 testing reactive for COVID-19,”  Bogor Regency Health Agency head Mike Kaltarina said on Thursday, as quoted by kompas.com.  

Health workers at the posts denied entry to the 50 people who tested reactive, advised them to take a swab test and recommended that they go home. 

Mike said the regency had implemented the random rapid testing measure to avoid new infection clusters from emerging in Puncak during the surge in visitors over the extended holiday. She hoped the strict measure would limit the number of potential holidaymakers to Puncak to rethink their plans and reschedule their visit for another time.

Read also: West Java to random test tourists for COVID-19 during long weekend

“We just started the testing today [Thursday], but seeing that the number of incoming vehicles continue to grow, we will [continue] testing until Sunday,”said Mike, adding that the agency had readied an additional 3,000 rapid test kits to cover the remainder of the long weekend holiday.

“As many as 45 medical workers and healthcare workers from 10 puskemas[community health centers], backed by members of the National Police and Satpol PP [Public Order Agency], are stationed at the [rapid testing] posts,” she said.

The regency administration is encouraging tourists who have taken independent COVID-19 tests to bring along their test results.

As part of its health and safety measures, the administration is also monitoring tourist attractions to ensure that visitors comply with the 3M health protocol of “Memakai masker, Menjaga jarak dan Mencuci tangan” (wear masks, maintain physical distance and wash hands).

"We will set up checkpoints with the COVID-19 task force and other relevant agencies," Bogor Regent Ade Yasin said on Tuesday.

Some of the selected monitoring “hot spots” are Gadog, Riung Gunung, Matahari Tourism Park and Gunung Mas.

"Gunung Mas is one of the favorite [destinations]. Sometimes, when access to Gadog is restricted, visitors will take alternative roads and crowds suddenly emerge at Gunung Mas," the regent noted. 

He added that the Public Order Agency would conduct surprise inspections at tourist attractions to prevent crowds and large gatherings. (nkn)

Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.

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2020-10-30 18:00:00Z
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Bogor randomly tests Puncak tourists to prevent COVID-19 clusters - Jakarta Post

Bogor randomly tests Puncak tourists to prevent COVID-19 clusters - Jakarta Post

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As part of the local COVID-19 prevention measures during the long holiday weekend, the administration of Bogor regency in West Java has set up three "pop-up" health posts in the Puncak highlands that offer both the rapid antibody test and the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab test.

The posts are located at Harakatul Janah mosque, the Megamendung district office and the Telaga Warna resort and restaurant in the popular tourist area.

On Thursday, the Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday and the second day of the government’s cuti bersama (collective leave) to mark the public holiday, the three posts randomly tested 918 tourists headed to Puncak. Fifty of the tested tourists produced “reactive” results for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

“We have prepared a total of 1,000 rapid test kits. However, the number of people taking the test totaled 918, with 50 testing reactive for COVID-19,”  Bogor Regency Health Agency head Mike Kaltarina said on Thursday, as quoted by kompas.com.  

Health workers at the posts denied entry to the 50 people who tested reactive, advised them to take a swab test and recommended that they go home. 

Mike said the regency had implemented the random rapid testing measure to avoid new infection clusters from emerging in Puncak during the surge in visitors over the extended holiday. She hoped the strict measure would limit the number of potential holidaymakers to Puncak to rethink their plans and reschedule their visit for another time.

Read also: West Java to random test tourists for COVID-19 during long weekend

“We just started the testing today [Thursday], but seeing that the number of incoming vehicles continue to grow, we will [continue] testing until Sunday,”said Mike, adding that the agency had readied an additional 3,000 rapid test kits to cover the remainder of the long weekend holiday.

“As many as 45 medical workers and healthcare workers from 10 puskemas[community health centers], backed by members of the National Police and Satpol PP [Public Order Agency], are stationed at the [rapid testing] posts,” she said.

The regency administration is encouraging tourists who have taken independent COVID-19 tests to bring along their test results.

As part of its health and safety measures, the administration is also monitoring tourist attractions to ensure that visitors comply with the 3M health protocol of “Memakai masker, Menjaga jarak dan Mencuci tangan” (wear masks, maintain physical distance and wash hands).

"We will set up checkpoints with the COVID-19 task force and other relevant agencies," Bogor Regent Ade Yasin said on Tuesday.

Some of the selected monitoring “hot spots” are Gadog, Riung Gunung, Matahari Tourism Park and Gunung Mas.

"Gunung Mas is one of the favorite [destinations]. Sometimes, when access to Gadog is restricted, visitors will take alternative roads and crowds suddenly emerge at Gunung Mas," the regent noted. 

He added that the Public Order Agency would conduct surprise inspections at tourist attractions to prevent crowds and large gatherings. (nkn)

Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.



2020-10-30 02:41:00Z
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Kamis, 29 Oktober 2020

Bogor regency prepares free rapid tests for holidaymakers - Jakarta Post

Bogor regency prepares free rapid tests for holidaymakers - Jakarta Post

The regency of Bogor in West Java is gearing up for mass-testing of holidaymakers in a bid to curb COVID-19 transmission during the long weekend.

The long weekend centers on the public holiday of Maulid (commemorating the birthday of Prophet Muhammad) on Thursday, with Wednesday and Friday declared collective leave days.

Bogor Regent Ade Yasin said three locations would be rapid test spots, namely Gadog, the Matahari Tourism Park and Gunung Mas.

“We will conduct rapid tests on Oct. 29, for tourists,” said Ade on Tuesday as quoted by tribunnews.com.

“We have prepared 1,000 rapid tests for the three locations. The goal is to screen people who come to Puncak,” she continued.

Ade emphasized that the rapid test was free for tourists because the service was provided by the West Java administration.

“Rapid tests are carried out simultaneously in five cities/regencies in West Java, including Karawang and Cirebon,” added Ade.

Tourists can volunteer for tests or are randomly picked by security officers tasked with monitoring adherence to COVID-19 health protocol. 

“So, those who want to have a rapid test, go ahead while it’s free,” Ade added.

The Bogor regency administration also welcomes tourists who have carried out independent rapid/swab tests to bring along the results.

In addition to the rapid test, the Bogor regency administration will monitor tourist attractions to ensure visitors’ compliance with the 3M health protocol, namely mencuci tangan (washing one’s hands), memakai masker (wearing a mask) and menjaga jarak (keeping a distance).

“We will set up checkpoints involving the COVID-19 task force and other relevant agencies,” said Ade.

The hot spots being monitored include Gadog, Riung Gunung, Matahari Tourism Park and Gunung Mas.

“Gunung Mas is one of the favorite [destinations]. Sometimes when access to Gadog is restricted, visitors take alternative roads and suddenly crowds emerge in Gunung Mas,” added Ade.

To avoid crowds, the Public Order Agency will conduct raids at tourist attractions. “The tourist attractions must only run at 50 percent of their capacity. For example, if a restaurant has a capacity of 100 people, it can only accommodate 50 people,” said Ade.

The Bogor regency administration will deploy the task force to the subdistrict level, so that, when Puncak is getting denser, officers will restrict access at Gadog.

Ade acknowledged that he was worried about the long weekend, because tourist attractions in Bogor regency had always been favorite choice for holidaymakers.

“We are worried it will create a new cluster. So, we will hold restrictions, and conduct monitoring, raids and [security measures],” he went on.

“We want to minimize the spread of COVID-19 at tourist sites, because, usually, there is a spike in COVID-19 cases after public holidays,” said Ade.

Meanwhile, the national COVID-19 task force urged the public on Tuesday to spend the upcoming long weekend at home to help prevent a spike in coronavirus transmission amid concerns of a re-emergence of holiday clusters. 

“We strongly urge everyone to avoid going to public places during the holiday. Please stay at home, there will be other holidays in the future,” task force spokesman Wiku Adisasmito said during a press briefing on Tuesday. (iwa)

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2020-10-29 18:00:00Z
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Jokowi receives US Secretary of State Pompeo at Bogor Palace - ANTARA English

Jokowi receives US Secretary of State Pompeo at Bogor Palace - ANTARA English

Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), on Thursday, received US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java Province.

During a meeting with Pompeo, Jokowi affirmed that the visit amid the COVID-19 pandemic reflected the true essence of a strategic partnership between Indonesia and the US.

The president pointed to the rising intensity of mutual visits of both Indonesian and US officials during this pandemic.

"Your visit in the midst of this pandemic demonstrates the meaning of a strategic partnership between Indonesia and the US. During this pandemic, the mutual visits between our officials were quite intensive, and I can convey the most intensive ones," the president noted during in a video broadcast by the Presidential Secretariat.

At the palace, Pompeo was greeted by Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi before being received personally by President Jokowi.

President Jokowi also invited Pompeo to the veranda of the Bogor Presidential Palace to witness and experience up-close the ambience. The duo engaged in a conversation at the veranda before entering the meeting room.

The visit to Indonesia is part of Pompeo's overseas trips to Asia. Pompeo had visited India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives prior to arriving in Indonesia.

Prior to Pompeo's visit, both nations’ high-ranking officials had undertaken exchange visits, including a visit by the US Deputy Secretary of Defense and a delegation from the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) to Indonesia, as well as the recent visit of Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto to the US. Related news: Indonesia wants United States of America to be its true friend
Related news: Indonesian defense minister invited to visit US on Oct 15-19

 

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US Foreign Minister Visits Jokowi in Bogor Palace - Tempo.co English

US Foreign Minister Visits Jokowi in Bogor Palace - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko Widodo received a visit from the United States Secretary of State Mike R. Pompeo on Thursday, 29 October. Mr. Pompeo visited Jokowi at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java.

Pompeo was received by Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi, who invited him in to meet the president. Both ministers wore face masks. Jokowi and Mr. Pompeo then had a meeting inside the palace.

"Your visit in the midst of this pandemic shows the importance of strategic partnerships between Indonesia and America. And during this pandemic, our officials' visits have been quite intensive," Jokowi said when opening the meeting.

Like most palace guests, Mr. Pompeo was also invited to the palace veranda to see the Palace courtyard.

Before meeting Jokowi, Mr. Pompeo made an official visit to Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi. The two have also given official press statements regarding the visit.

Read: the U.S. Imposes New Iran Sanctions Over Human Rights Violations

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2020-10-29 07:06:28Z
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Rabu, 28 Oktober 2020

Bogor regency prepares free rapid tests for holidaymakers - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Bogor regency prepares free rapid tests for holidaymakers - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

The regency of Bogor in West Java is gearing up for mass-testing of holidaymakers in a bid to curb COVID-19 transmission during the long weekend.

The long weekend centers on the public holiday of Maulid (commemorating the birthday of Prophet Muhammad) on Thursday, with Wednesday and Friday declared collective leave days.

Bogor Regent Ade Yasin said three locations would be rapid test spots, namely Gadog, the Matahari Tourism Park and Gunung Mas.

tribunnews.com."We will conduct rapid tests on Oct. 29, for tourists," said Ade on Tuesday as quoted by 

"We have prepared 1,000 rapid tests for the three locations. The goal is to screen people who come to Puncak," she continued.

Ade emphasized that the rapid test was free for tourists, because the service was provided by the West Java administration.

"Rapid tests are carried out simultaneously in five cities/regencies in West Java, including Karawang and Cirebon," added Ade.

Tourists can volunteer for tests or are randomly picked by security officers tasked with monitoring adherence to COVID-19 health protocol. 

"So, those who want to have a rapid test, go ahead while it's free," she added.

The Bogor regency administration also welcomes tourists who have carried out independent rapid/swab tests to bring along the results.

 (washing one’s hands).mencuci tangan(wearing a mask) and  memakai masker  (keeping a distance),menjaga jarakIn addition to the rapid test, the Bogor regency administration will monitor tourist attractions to ensure visitors’ compliance with the 3M health protocol, namely 

"We will set up checkpoints involving the COVID-19 task force and other relevant agencies," said Ade.

The hot spots being monitored include Gadog, Riung Gunung, Matahari Tourism Park and Gunung Mas.

"Gunung Mas is one of the favorite [destinations]. Sometimes when access to Gadog is restricted, visitors take alternative roads and suddenly crowds emerge in Gunung Mas," added Ade.

To avoid crowds, the Public Order Agency will conduct raids at tourist attractions.

"The tourist attractions must only run at 50 percent of their capacity. For example, if a restaurant has a capacity of 100 people, it can only accommodate 50 people," said Ade.

The Bogor regency administration will deploy the task force to the subdistrict level, so that, when Puncak is getting denser, officers will restrict access at Gadog.

Ade acknowledged that he was worried about the long weekend, because tourist attractions in Bogor regency had always been favorite choice for holidaymakers.

"We are worried it will create a new cluster. So we will hold restrictions, and conduct monitoring, raids and [security measures],” he went on.

"We want to minimize the spread of COVID-19 at tourist sites, because, usually, there is a spike in COVID-19 cases after public holidays," said Ade.

Meanwhile The national COVID-19 task force urged the public on Tuesday to spend the upcoming long weekend at home to help prevent a spike in coronavirus transmission amid concerns of a re-emergence of holiday clusters. 

“We strongly urge everyone to avoid going to public places during the holiday. Please stay at home, there will be other holidays in the future,” task force spokesman Wiku Adisasmito said during a press briefing on Tuesday. (iwa)

Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.



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Senin, 26 Oktober 2020

Jakarta Council Holds Budget Meetings in Puncak Bogor - Tempo.co English

Jakarta Council Holds Budget Meetings in Puncak Bogor - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, JakartaJakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) members decided to hold a marathon meeting in Jaya Raya Hotel in Puncak, Bogor Regency, from Tuesday to Wednesday, October 20-21, 2020.

The city council’s acting secretary, Hadameon Aritonang, said the location of the meeting was moved in a bid to prevent COVID-19 transmission.

“Here in Puncak, the place is open. Unlike in the DPRD building where there is no ventilation. It’s a closed building,” said Hadameon when contacted today, October 21.

Hadameon explained that legislators had deliberated the city’s budget with the Budget Committee on Tuesday. The discussion was continued today along with all commissions, regional working units (SKPD), and related regional-owned enterprises.

The location of the meeting, he added, was proposed directly by legislators during the Steering Committee’s meeting last week.

Jakarta legislators had also held meetings outside the DPRD Building in Kebon Sirih in early September. The DPRD Commission B overseeing economic affairs and Commission C on finances established a meeting at Pulau Dua Restaurant in Senayan, Central Jakarta. 

Hadameon on Tuesday, September 1, claimed the face-to-face meeting at the restaurant was aimed at preventing crowds in the office and anticipating COVID-19 transmission. While in fact, the legislative building had just reopened on August 31, after it was closed since July 25, 2020, for sterilization.

Also Read: DPRD, Jakarta Hold Plenary Meet to Discuss Local Rule on Controlling COVID-19

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2020-10-21 06:49:00Z
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Kamis, 22 Oktober 2020

Jokowi Welcomes Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga at Bogor Palace - Tempo.co English

Jokowi Welcomes Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga at Bogor Palace - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo welcomed the arrival of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at the Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java on Tuesday, October 20.

Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga and his wife Mariko Suga arrived at 16:00 Western Indonesia Time and was greeted by the Indonesian president and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo as the pair exited the vehicle carrying them to the palace. 

The state-ministers present in the meeting were Home Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi, Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto, State Secretariat Pratikno, and State-owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir.

This marks Yoshihide Suga's inaugural visit to Indonesia after replacing Shinzo Abe, who unfortunately stepped down due to health issues back in August this year. 

Read: Japan PM Shinzo Abe Set to Resign Over Worsening Health

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2020-10-20 14:40:54Z
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Selasa, 20 Oktober 2020

President Jokowi warmly welcomes PM Suga at Bogor Palace - ANTARA English

President Jokowi warmly welcomes PM Suga at Bogor Palace - ANTARA English

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo warmly received Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and First Lady Mariko Suga at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, on Tuesday afternoon. The Japanese premier and his wife were received by cabinet secretary Pramono Anung at the Soekarno Hatta International Airport. They then boarded a presidential motorcade and headed to Bogor.

They arrived at the presidential palace around 4 p.m. local time and were received by the Indonesian President and First Lady. An official welcoming ceremony was organized in their honor.

Shortly after attending the welcoming ceremony, the two leaders and first ladies had a photo session. Then, as scheduled, Prime Minister Suga signed the official visitors book, and had a tête-à-tête with the Indonesian President.

Following the bilateral meeting, President Jokowi and the Japanese premier were scheduled to make a joint press statement.

President Jokowi said the visit of Prime Minister Suga and his wife symbolized a strong commitment to boosting Indonesia and Japan’s bilateral cooperation and implementing their strategic partnership.

Prime Minister Suga’s visit to Indonesia in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic is the first visit by a world leader to the country.

After his election by Japan's parliament following Shinzo Abe's surprise resignation on September 16, 2020, Suga’s first overseas visit has been to Viet Nam and Indonesia.

Before arriving in Indonesia, Prime Minister Suga visited Hanoi, the capital city of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, on October 18, 2020.

According to the Japanese prime minister's official website, he attended a welcoming ceremony on October 19, 2020 (local time), and followed it up with a meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

Afterwards, the leaders held an exchange of documents ceremony and a joint press announcement in relation to grant assistance. During his visit, Prime Minister Suga also met with Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party of Viet Nam.

He also enjoyed a stroll with Prime Minister Phuc at the late President Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House. In the afternoon, he gave a policy speech at the Vietnam-Japan University and engaged in a frank and candid discussion with students.

Suga offered flowers at the Martyrs' Monument and the President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum before meeting with several top figures, including Mdm. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, chairwoman of the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.

Later, the Japanese premier held a press conference on the Japan-Vietnam summit and other events. (INE)

Related news: Indonesia welcomes upcoming visit of Japanese Prime Minister Suga

Related news: Jokowi administration offered incentives, facilities to MSMEs
 

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Senin, 19 Oktober 2020

Death row escapee found dead in Bogor forest - Daily Express

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Kamis, 15 Oktober 2020

Bogor downgraded to 'moderate' COVID-19 risk, resumes dine-in services - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Bogor downgraded to 'moderate' COVID-19 risk, resumes dine-in services - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

The city of Bogor, which is currently designated an “orange zone”for moderate risk of COVID-19 transmission, has decided to restore dine-in services at restaurants until 9 p.m.

“The city of Bogor is declared an orange zone. There are two improvements here. First is the recovery rate, and [second is] the availability of rooms for treating COVID-19 patients," Bogor Mayor Bima Arya Sugiarto said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.

He said that data from the Bogor Health Office showed that the recovery rate for COVID-19 patients in the city had improved over the last month to 67.3 percent, 4.75 percentage points higher than the 62.55 percent recovery rate for West Java province.

"The number of patients who have recovered this week is 133, an increase of 30 percent from the previous week," added Bima.

Moreover, the mayor said that as of Oct. 11, the 21 referral hospitals in the city recorded an occupancy rate of 51 percent for 371 beds in isolation wards and an occupancy rate of 64 percent for 14 beds in intensive care units (ICUs). Meanwhile, only 33 of the 100 beds at the BNN Lido isolation center were currently occupied.

Given these improvements, the Bogor municipal administration has adjusted its social restrictions.

Bima said that businesses in the dining industry, including restaurants, food stalls and cafes, were now allowed to resume dine-in services until 9 p.m.

“After that, only delivery services are allowed," he said.

Bima added that a review of the industry had found that restaurants and food stalls posed a relatively small risk of COVID-19 transmission. Still, he pressed the importance for these businesses to pay extra attention to the health protocols.

"Restaurants and food stalls have a small percentage [of COVID-19 transmission],” he said, noting that these businesses were better at following the health protocols, including their customers. “This means that people have limited interaction, limited time and maintain [physical distancing] while they are there."

Cumulative COVID-19 cases in Bogor, West JavaCumulative COVID-19 cases in Bogor, West Java (JP/Swi Handono)

Bima said that the primary concern was offices and workplaces, which were currently the largest contributor of COVID-19 cases in Bogor. The mayor had asked every office to form an internal COVID-19 task force and urged all companies to tighten supervision of their offices.

"The COVID-19 cases in family or household clusters are caused by office clusters. So a [person] contracts [the virus] at work and then infects family members at home. This must be monitored carefully," he stressed.

Despite the slight easing of its social restrictions, the Bogor administration had yet to allow movie theaters to reopen, because the venues still posed a high risk of contracting COVID-19.

Earlier in the week, the national COVID-19 task force reminded regional administrations not to let their guard down, even if their regions had been downgraded to an orange or green zone.

"Do not become complacent just because your area is no longer a red zone. Orange zones still pose a danger and a risk of transmission. If the situation continues without significant treatment, these areas have the potential to become red zones again," task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito said on Tuesday.

“Our target is for all regions to become green zones, meaning they have had zero infections for four consecutive weeks and have a 100 percent recovery rate,” he said. (iwa)

Editor’s note: This article is part of the COVID-19 task force campaign to raise public awareness about the epidemic.



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Senin, 12 Oktober 2020

Bogor's 300 hotel rooms readied for isolation of asymptomatic people - ANTARA English

Bogor's 300 hotel rooms readied for isolation of asymptomatic people - ANTARA English

We have proposed a hotel, with a capacity of 300 rooms, to the BNPB for asymptomatic people to self-isolate.

Bogor, W Java (ANTARA) - The Bogor city administration put forth a suggestion to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) to utilize a 300-room capacity hotel in the city for self-isolation of asymptomatic people.

"We have suggested to utilize a hotel, with a capacity of 300 rooms, to the BNPB for asymptomatic people to self-isolate," Secretary of the Bogor City Administration Syarifah Sofiah stated here on Sunday.

Sofiah remarked that the BNPB had offered Bogor City to prepare a hotel for asymptomatic people to conduct self-isolation for which the associated costs would be borne by the central government.

"However, the hotel must meet the requirements for which the National Task Force for COVID-19 Response will firstly conduct an assessment to check if it meets the requirements," she remarked.

Bogor City, located some 60 kilometers south of Jakarta, recorded a substantial single-day spike in the number of COVID-19 cases by 39 on last Friday (Oct 9), thereby taking the total tally to 1,511.

"The significant rise in the number of positive cases is the outcome of contract tracing of newcomers and local residents that reportedly contracted the virus themselves," Chief of the Bogor City Health Office Sri Nowo Retno noted.

Retno confirmed that 25 of the 39 people had contracted the disease through family clusters.

To thwart the transmission of COVID-19 through family and office clusters, the Bogor mayor had issued a circular restricting the number of employees working in an office by up to 50 percent, she remarked.

"We also continue to urge all residents of Bogor City to follow health protocols in a stringent and disciplinary manner," she emphasized.

With the addition of 39 fresh cases, the total count of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city climbed to 1,511 as of Friday (Oct 9). Of the total count, 1,015 people recovered, 55 people succumbed to the infection, and 441 patients are yet undergoing treatment.
Related news: 4,233 hotel rooms readied for COVID-19 patients, healthcare workers

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Minggu, 11 Oktober 2020

Bogor Records Significant Single-day Spike in COVID-19 Cases on Friday - Tempo.co English

Bogor Records Significant Single-day Spike in COVID-19 Cases on Friday - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Chief of the Bogor City Health Office Sri Nowo Retno highlighted a substantial single-day spike in the number of COVID-19 cases by 39 on Friday, taking the total tally to 1,511.

"The significant rise in the number of positive cases is the outcome of contract tracing of newcomers and local residents reporting to have contracted the virus themselves," Retno stated at the Bogor City Hall on Friday.

The office chief noted that 25 of the 39 people had contracted the disease through family clusters.

To thwart the transmission of COVID-19 through family and office clusters, the Bogor mayor had issued a circular restricting the number of employees working in an office by up to 50 percent, she noted.

"We also continue to urge all residents of Bogor City to follow health protocols in a stringent and disciplinary manner," she remarked.

With the addition of 39 fresh cases, the total count of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city climbed to 1,511 as of Friday. Of the total, 1,015 people recovered, and 55 people succumbed to the infection, while 441 patients are yet undergoing treatment.

Retno affirmed that the patients exhibiting moderate to serious symptoms are receiving treatment at hospitals, while asymptomatic patients and patients, with mild symptoms, are being treated at special isolation places and are conducting self-isolation.

Read also: Health Ministry Holds COVID-19 Vaccination Simulation in Bogor

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2020-10-11 02:15:00Z
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Sabtu, 10 Oktober 2020

Bogor records significant single-day spike in COVID-19 cases on Friday - ANTARA English

Bogor records significant single-day spike in COVID-19 cases on Friday - ANTARA English

The significant rise in the number of positive cases is the outcome of contract tracing of newcomers and local residents reporting to have contracted the virus themselves

Bogor, W Java (ANTARA) - Chief of the Bogor City Health Office Sri Nowo Retno highlighted a substantial single-day spike in the number of COVID-19 cases by 39 on Friday, taking the total tally to 1,511.

"The significant rise in the number of positive cases is the outcome of contract tracing of newcomers and local residents reporting to have contracted the virus themselves," Retno stated at the Bogor City Hall on Friday.

The office chief noted that 25 of the 39 people had contracted the disease through family clusters.

To thwart the transmission of COVID-19 through family and office clusters, the Bogor mayor had issued a circular restricting the number of employees working in an office by up to 50 percent, she noted.

"We also continue to urge all residents of Bogor City to follow health protocols in a stringent and disciplinary manner," she remarked.

With the addition of 39 fresh cases, the total count of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city climbed to 1,511 as of Friday. Of the total, 1,015 people recovered, and 55 people succumbed to the infection, while 441 patients are yet undergoing treatment.

Retno affirmed that the patients exhibiting moderate to serious symptoms are receiving treatment at hospitals, while asymptomatic patients and patients, with mild symptoms, are being treated at special isolation places and are conducting self-isolation.

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2020-10-10 06:31:55Z
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Kamis, 08 Oktober 2020

Bogor regency faces backlog of 1,000 unexamined COVID-19 swab samples - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Bogor regency faces backlog of 1,000 unexamined COVID-19 swab samples - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Some 1,000 unexamined COVID-19 swab samples have piled up at the regional health laboratory (Labkesda) in Bogor regency, West Java, as the number of cases in the regency continues to increase.

Bogor Regent Ade Yasin said the samples had begun piling up toward the end of September because of the laboratory's limited polymerase chain reaction (PCR) examination tools, urging the Bogor Health Agency to accelerate its handling of the samples.

“The health agency must explain how many PCR kits are available now and immediately activate the Labkesda,” said Ade in a performance evaluation letter on Wednesday, as quoted by kompas.com.

The number of daily new cases in Bogor regency increased sharply in early October, with a record number of additional cases ranging from 20 to 60 people a day.

Read also: Government to periodically evaluate COVID-19 swab test price cap

Ade expressed concern that the delay in PCR testing would increase the spread of COVID-19 in districts categorized as “red zones”. “There is a delay in information about whether the residents are confirmed to be positive or not,” he said.

According to Ade, the regency has conducted PCR tests on 21,986 samples during the pandemic, far from the target of 60,000 samples, or 1 percent of the population of nearly 6 million people in Bogor regency.

Ade said the regency was currently testing 200 samples a day, below the target of 300 to 400 samples a day.

Bogor regency has six PCR testing machines, but four are reportedly unusable.

The working PCR machines are located in public hospitals in Ciawi, Cibinong, Cileungsi and Leuwiliang. Meanwhile, the other two units are in the Cibinong Labkesda and a mobile Biosafety Level-2 laboratory. (syk)



2020-10-08 08:03:00Z
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Rabu, 07 Oktober 2020

Bogor Mayor Takes a Stand Against Tobacco Industry - Tempo.co English

Bogor Mayor Takes a Stand Against Tobacco Industry - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Bogor Mayor Bima Arya Sugiarto has taken a firm stand against the national tobacco industry by denying cigarette products from being marketed in the West Java's city. 

During a virtual discussion about the government’s commitment to ban cigarette ads on Wednesday, Bima Arya asserted that the Bogor City administration is committed to protecting its future generation from the health hazards brought by smoking. 

“Don’t try us, Inshallah (God permitting), all of you will not be able to enter Bogor City,” said Bima Arya on October 7.

Bima Arya underlined the importance of staying committed in the city's tobacco-control programs and that it is shared with regional leaders as a collective political commitment. Regional administrations must regulate themselves in establishing smoking-free areas and control the marketing of tobacco corporations. 

More importantly, he said, the implemented regulation must be closely monitored especially regarding the age demographic that is permitted to purchase tobacco products.

Read: Study: Smoking Activity among Smokers Grew Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

ANTARA 



2020-10-07 15:22:04Z
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Family virus clusters rising in Bogor, Depok, Bekasi - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Family virus clusters rising in Bogor, Depok, Bekasi - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has said that at least three regions in the province are facing a spike in family COVID-19 clusters. 

Ridwan, who has opened an office in Depok to monitor the government’s COVID-19 response, said the pandemic remained in an alarming state because Bogor, Bekasi and particularly Depok were still recording rising confirmed cases.

“This is my second week working from Depok, and I’ve been closely coordinating with the leaders of Bogor, Depok and Bekasi to make sure that we are all on the same page.

“What I’ve received so far is that we’re having a spike in family clusters. For example, out of 200 families [that have confirmed COVID-19 cases] in Bogor, three members, on average, of each family have the virus. A similar situation is occurring in Bekasi,” Ridwan said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday. 

He added that according to the contact tracing performed, the family clusters were connected to office clusters. He said he did not yet have information on the locations of the office clusters. 

“We’re still looking into the matter of whether the source of transmission was from a certain office in Jakarta or from the Bogor residents themselves, who happen to also work in Jakarta,” added Ridwan.

As of Tuesday, West Java had recorded 24,910 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 15,128 recoveries and 511 deaths. 

Read also: Danger at home: Families urged to avoid gatherings as new clusters emerge

Of the more than 24,000 cases in the province, Depok contributed the most with 5,013. Some 1,416 of the patients are in isolation, 3,454 have recovered and 143 have died. 

As of Tuesday, Bogor had recorded 1,413 confirmed cases with 961 recoveries and 52 fatalities, while Bogor regency had seen 2,022 confirmed cases with 1,338 recoveries and 56 deaths. 

As of Monday, Bekasi had recorded 1,753 confirmed cases with 1,607 recoveries and 104 fatalities. 

On Tuesday, national COVID-19 task force spokesman Wiku Adisasmito said he hoped more people would be willing to opt for individual polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, also known as swab tests, as the government had set a price cap, kompas.com reported. 

Experts agree that PCR tests remain the best available method of COVID-19 testing. 

Read also: PCR tests remain gold standard, but factors affect results

The government has set a price ceiling of Rp 900,000 (US$60.6) for individually requested swab tests to eliminate price disparities following concerns over the high cost of tests at private laboratories. 

The Health Ministry has said that the price ceiling will be evaluated periodically.

Prior to the policy, the national COVID-19 task force said several hospitals were charging more than Rp 2.5 million for a single swab test. (nkn)

Editor’s note: The following is part a campaign by the government’s COVID-19 task force to raise public awareness about the pandemic.



2020-10-07 09:47:00Z
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Selasa, 06 Oktober 2020

Bogor Remain as COVID-19 Red Zone as New Cases Surge by 15% - Tempo.co English

Bogor Remain as COVID-19 Red Zone as New Cases Surge by 15% - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, JakartaBogor Mayor Bima Arya Sugiarto confirmed that his city remained at a high risk of COVID-19 transmission or classified as a red zone this week given the 15-percent hike in the number of patients confirmed positive.

According to him, the positive cases increased by 179 last week, or 15 percent compared to the previous week.

As of Monday, October 5, 2020, Bogor City recorded 1,387 cases. A total of 941 patients have made recovery, while 51 patients died. At present, 395 patients were still being treated.

Bima said things that must be explored was the percentage of cases in each infection cluster. Based on daily data of the regional virus mitigation task force, the majority of cases came from the family cluster.

“Of the 179 new cases, 118 of them were from the family cluster,” he added.

Additionally, 32 percent of patients from the family cluster was transmitted from the office. “So, the positive cases in this family cluster are those from the office cluster,” Bima opined.

As many as 29 percent of other positive cases originated from health facilities, 19 percent from clusters outside the city and Jakarta, seven percent from local or residential transmissions, six percent from restaurants or mini markets, four percent from family events, and three percent from transportation.

“That means, the most dangerous is office clusters,” Bima remarked.

According to Bima Arya, the office sector has a high risk of COVID-19 transmission considering employees were in one closed room together from morning until evening. “During that long period, there likely will be people who take off their masks,” he said.

Read also: Health Ministry Holds COVID-19 Vaccination Simulation in Bogor

ANTARA



2020-10-06 01:06:00Z
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Chinese death row escapee spotted in Bogor forest - Jakarta Post

Chinese death row escapee spotted in Bogor forest - Jakarta Post

The Jakarta Police are continuing their search for Chinese national Cai Changpan, a death row inmate who escaped from a Banten prison last month, after he was spotted by locals in Tenjo Forest, Bogor, West Java,.

“Some of the villagers reported that Changpan entered the forest. We already dispatched several teams to check the area,” Metro Jaya Police spokesman Sr. Comm. Yusri Yunus said last week, as quoted by kompas.com.

Changpan, who was convicted of drug trafficking in 2017, first escaped in January 2017, but was captured three days later. 

In September, Changpan escaped again from the Tangerang penitentiary in Banten via a tunnel he dug inside his block. He had dug the hole every night for eight months using a range of tools including a shovel, a screwdriver, a chisel, a water pump and a hose. To avoid detection, he covered the opening with his bed.

The police are still investigating how Changpan obtained the tools.

Read also: Two Tangerang prison officers dismissed following escape of death row inmate

Immediately after escaping, Changpan visited his wife and children in Cilaku village, Bogor regency, West Java, where he used to run a tire recycling business that is now managed by his wife with the help of several employees.

Cilaku village neighborhood unit head, Pendi, confirmed that he had visited the village to see his wife and children. 

“He stopped briefly at the village to see his wife. I didn’t see him when he left,” Pendi said. 

The police have questioned Changpan’s wife and family. (dpk)



2020-10-06 12:23:00Z
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