Highlights in the media today: Jakarta to convert more buildings into isolation shelters, experts warn about the second wave of COVID-19 as countries relax lockdowns, Indonesia records unusually low inflation at the start of Ramadan.

As many as 253 sites in Jakarta have been proposed for conversion into communal isolation shelters. The buildings—that will be examined by the Jakarta Health Office—range from official residences to sport fields and training centers, as well as schools and child-friendly public spaces (RPTRA).

The capital city currently has 714 intensive care units and 657 isolation wards spread across 190 hospitals.  Of the figure, only 172 hospitals are allowed to take in suspected patients, while only 100 qualify to care for confirmed cases.

As of May 6, 16:16 (GMT+7), Indonesia had confirmed 12,438 COVID-19 cases with 2,317 recoveries and 895 deaths.

Experts have warned that a second wave of COVID-19 pandemic may occur, as many countries were relaxing their lockdowns. Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology Director Amin Soebandrio said that a second wave could be prevented if citizens continued to follow health protocols, such as wearing masks and washing hands frequently, for at least a year after the end of the pandemic.

Indonesia recorded an unusually low inflation rate at the start of Ramadan in April, as the economy slowed down due to the pandemic. According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), the annual inflation rate was recorded at 2.67%, slightly lower than the 2.83% in April last year.

BPS data showed that the personal care segment saw the highest inflation at 1.2% in April, followed by health (0.23%) and restaurants (0.18%). Gold jewelry was a dominant commodity that contributed to inflation in April. The price of gold bullion sold by state-owned miner Aneka Tambang has surged around 20% so far this year.


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