Highlights in the media today: The President wants the pandemic to come under control in Java prior to the Eid holiday, the Bekasi administration focuses on crowd dispersion in the third phase of the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), the financial system is on an alert due to supply-demand shock. 

President Joko Widodo issued an instruction for stronger measures to contain the pandemic in Java, as 70% of the cases and 82% of the deaths were recorded in the island. The President said on Tuesday (May 12) that it was important to effectively contain the virus in the next two weeks before the Eid holiday, especially in virus infection centers such as Jakarta, West Java, Banten, Central Java, Yogyakarta and East Java.

Bekasi Vice Mayor Tri Adhianto said on Tuesday (May 12) that the administration will focus on dispersing crowds in the city’s third phase of implementing the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB). Tri said that crowds could still be found in traditional wet markets and at the Bekasi train Station.

The random polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing by the Bekasi administration has found three wet market tenants positive for the virus, while ten commuters have also tested positive at the Bekasi Station.

As of May 13 15:49 (GMT+7), Indonesia had confirmed 15,438 COVID-19 cases with 3,287 recoveries and 1,028 deaths.

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Monday (May 11) that the financial system stability was under an alert status.  The country’s financial markets have been badly hit in Q1 as foreign investors sold around Rp154 trillion in Indonesian assets.

Meanwhile, the Rupiah fell to its lowest level in recent history at 16,575 per US dollar on March 23. The currency has since slightly recovered, gaining 10.21% as of April 30 compared to late March

Indonesia’s GDP grew 2,97% year-on-year (yoy) in the first three months of 2020‒the lowest growth level seen since 2001.

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