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JAKARTA (Reuters): Indonesia's investment on a mega project to relocate its capital city has been put on hold, as the country shifts focus to spending to contain the coronavirus outbreak, but may resume next year, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said late on Thursday (April 23).
JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN): Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has claimed that the central government increased its Covid-19 testing capacity to 12,000 per day, showing a wide discrepancy with the data provided by the Health Ministry.
JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN): President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo has conveyed his skepticism over strict emergency protocols amid the current Covid-19 pandemic, suggesting that there is no conclusive evidence that indicates lockdowns are effective.
INDONESIA, April 23 (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry will suspend a number of infrastructure projects following the ministry’s decision to reallocate a large part of its budget funds to efforts to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters): Weak enforcement of restrictions to curb Covid-19 infections in rural Indonesia, coupled with farmers opting for cheap ways to clear land, could see a repeat of the forest fires and smoke that choked south-east Asia last year, environmentalists said.
JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN): The Industry Ministry is discussing the possibility of providing businesses with soft loans to enable them to pay Idul Fitri holiday bonuses (THR) as the economic downturn is forcing companies to withhold or cut the bonus payment.
JAKARTA: Indonesia reported 375 new Covid-19 (coronavirus) infection cases on Tuesday (April 21), taking the total in the South-East Asian country to 7,135. Health ministry official Achmad Yurianto also reported 26 coronavirus deaths, taking the total to 616.
JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN): President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo announced his decision to ban the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) to curb the spread of Covid-19 ahead of Ramadan.
JAKARTA (AP): While Indonesia’s neighbours scrambled early this year to try to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the government of the world’s fourth most populous nation insisted that everything was fine.