Highlights in the media today: Medical workers yet to receive promised incentives, government deploys military personnel to enforce ‘new normal’, government to issue samurai bonds this year. 

Medical workers treating COVID-19 patients in Jakarta have yet to receive the financial incentives promised by the central government and provincial administration in March.

Previously, the government announced that it had allocated Rp5.9 trillion as incentives for medical workers treating confirmed patients. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan also previously announced an additional Rp215,000 daily incentive for medical workers in the capital city.

As of May 27 16:13 (GMT+7), Indonesia had recorded 23,851 COVID-19 cases with 6,057 recoveries and 1,473 deaths.

The government and businesses are gearing up to gradually reopen the economy under health protocols to establish a “new normal”. President Joko Widodo said in a press conference on Tuesday (May 26) that the Indonesian military (TNI) and police personnel will be deployed in crowded places in four provinces and 25 regencies/cities to enforce the health protocols.

The policies set out requirements for business to reopen, which includes ensuring sufficient handwashing facilities, checking employees temperature, requiring employees to wear masks, and keeping one-meter distance between employees  at work.

The Finance Ministry plans to issue yen-denominated samurai bonds to cover its widening budget deficit. The bonds are planned for later this year. The ministry will look at market conditions to get the best prices, Finance Ministry Financing and Risk Management Director General Luky Alfirman said.

The government’s bond financing jumped sharply in April to Rp231.6 trillion, a 44.3% jump from the same period last year. The government plans to issue another Rp697.3 trillion in bonds from May until the end of this year.



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