Highlights in the media today: Positivity rate reaches 10%, Aceh, Papua record increase in local transmission, BKPM to facilitate 300t investment amid pandemic.

Griffith University epidemiologist Dicky Budiman on Tuesday (July 14) said that Indonesia’s positivity rate has been consistently above 10%, signalling that many cases were still undetected. A positivity rate of 10% meant the actual number of cases is ten times that of confirmed ones.

A region is considered safe when it has tested one per 1,000 population each week and the test results showed a positivity rate of 5% and below.

As of July 15 16:00 (GMT+7), Indonesia had confirmed 80,094 COVID-19 cases, with 39,050 recoveries and 3,797 deaths.

The number of COVID-19 cases caused by local transmission has continued to increase and has made contact tracing increasingly harder. In the past week, Aceh ecorr COVID-19 cases, most of which were locally transmitted.

Similarly, in Papua local transmissions have been found in 19 regions, with the most rampant infection detected in Jayapura. About 22 out of 61 new cases confirmed in the province were health workers working at hospitals in Jayapura.

The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) is looking to facilitate Rp300 trillion worth of investment commitments amid the pandemic. Investment realization in Q1 of 2020 reached Rp210.7 trillion, up by 8% from the same period last year.

However, the foreign direct investment (FDI) contribution fell 9% to only Rp98 trillion in the first quarter of this year from Rp107.9 trillion in the same period last year. BKPM Head Bahlil said the weaker FDI was a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The BKPM has revised down its annual investment realization target to Rp817 trillion, almost 8% lower than its initial target.

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