Highlights in the media today: Jakarta confirms 68 office clusters, Greater Tangerang residents express disappointment over lax enforcement of PSBB, Govt to facilitate loans with 0.8% interest for regional administrations.

Jakarta is seeing an increase in confirmed cases among office workers. Data from the Jakarta Health Office collated by the COVID-19 Task Force showed that as of July 26, there were 68 distinct office clusters in the province.

Affected office buildings ranged from ministries, public institutions, to state-owned enterprises and private companies, the data showed. Most were located in Central Jakarta.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on Friday (July 24) that offices and public areas were the “most prone” to COVID-19 transmission amid the gradually increasing mobility and activity.

As of July 28 16:01 (GMT+7), Indonesia had confirmed 102,051 COVID-19 cases with 60,539 recoveries and 4,901 deaths.

Greater Tangerang residents have expressed disappointment over the lax enforcement of the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB). The regional administrations have reportedly stopped taking actions against violators.

Universitas Indonesia public health expert Hasbullah Thabrany said that the number of asymptomatic carriers was predicted to rise, further increasing the urgency for a strict implementation of the PSBB.

Tangerang Regent Ahmed Zaki Iskandar said earlier that the administration had no plan to ban residents from holding their Eid al-Adha prayer in mosques.

The government, through Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (SMI), an infrastructure financing company under the FInance Ministry, will facilitate loans for regional administrations. Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Monday (July 27) that the government would provide loans with a near-zero interest rate and a term of up to 10 years for regional administrations.

The ministry has earmarked a total of Rp15 trillion for the loans; the State Budget (APBN) will cover Rp10 trillion, while SMI will cover the remaining Rp5 trillion. The loans from SMI are subject to a 5.4% interest rate, which will be borne by the central government. The regional administrations only need to pay an administration fee of 0.815%.

Source:

  • Kompas.com, July 27, 2020, Indonesia confirms 102,051 COVID-19 cases

  • The Jakarta Post, July 28, 2020, p.1, Office infection clusters spike as economy reopens

  • Kompas, July 28, 2020, p.12, People disappointed over lax enforcement of PSBB

  • Kompas, July 28, 2020, p.9, Taking advantage of loans with 0.8% interest rate

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