Highlights in the media today: Number of COVID-19 patients has increased since July 8, Jakarta confirms new cluster in office area, Govt has only disbursed 9.59% of total stimulus for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) so far. 

According to a World Health Organization’s (WHO) report published on July 22, the number of COVID-19 patients in Jakarta had increased since July 8. The province’s positivity rate has also exceeded 5% in the same period.

According to Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, the province has tested 4,286 people or 56% of the national number. Jakarta has tested four per 1,000 population each week using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test kits, higher than the WHO’s minimum requirement of testing 1 per 1,000 population.

Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) spokesperson Halik Malik said that the number of COVID-19 patients had also spiked. For instance, the number of COVID-19 patients at the Athletes Village emergency hospital last month had dropped to around 600 people. However, the number has now risen again to 1,597.

As of July 27 16:11 (GMT+7), Indonesia had confirmed 100,303 COVID-19 cases with 58,173 recoveries and 4,838 deaths.

Jakarta Vice Governor Ahmad Riza Patria admitted on Friday (July 24) that the administration had found two new cases in an office area. Riza said that the administration had been more expansive with testing as people had begun to resume their outdoor activities.

The administration has also conducted dissemination of information and dialogues with several activity units and urged them to be more disciplined in complying with health protocols.

Jakarta Health Office Head Widyastuti said that if a COVID-19 case was found in an office area, the management must coordinate with the Manpower Office.

According to Jakarta Manpower, Transmigration, and Energy Office Head Andri Yansyah, if a COVID-19 case is found in an office area, the affected office must be closed for three days. During those three days, the office has to be cleaned and sterilized using disinfectant spray.

As of Tuesday (July 21), the government had channeled Rp11.84 trillion from the COVID-19 stimulus package to small businesses and cooperatives but also conceded that it had been slow in delivering the funds.

According to the Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry data, more than one million micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and cooperatives will receive the stimulus. Tuesday’s figure only accounted for 9.59% of the total Rp123.46 trillion budget.

The ministry’s Secretary Rully Indrawan said on Tuesday that the government aimed to disburse the entire funds by September. Finance Minister Sri Mulyani recently stated that the government was also working on a plan to transfer working capital directly to MSMEs that had yet to receive access to financing from banks.

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