Highlights in the media today: Health workers continue to fall victim to COVID-19 virus, government to postpone regional elections (Pilkada), Jakartans struggle to pay rent

Health workers are still the most vulnerable to COVID-19 infection. Andalas University epidemiologist Defriman Djafri said that as of May 4, about 24.14% of the 203 cases in West Sumatra were health workers—a higher percentage than any other groups.

After 34 health workers at the Dr. Kariadi Hospital in Semarang, Central Java, tested positive for COVID-19, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo issued an instruction to make swab tests for health workers a priority.

As of May 8 16:21 (GMT+7), Indonesia had confirmed 13,112 COVID-19 cases with 2,494 recoveries and 943 deaths.

The government has decided to postpone this year’s scheduled regional elections (Pilkada) by three months, from September to December. House of Representatives Commision II Chairman Doli Kurnia Tandjung said that the government will continue to monitor the pandemic situation until June to assess the feasibility of holding the elections in December.

Thousands of people in Jakarta are at risk of becoming homeless as the pandemic threatens their livelihoods. A recent study conducted by several NGOs, including the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) and the Rujak Center for Urban Studies, found that around 27% of Jakartans were struggling to pay their rent.

Rujak Center for Urban Studies Executive Director Elisa Sutanudjaja said on Wednesday (May 6) that between April 20-24, the NGO had received 71 complaints from Jakartans saying they were struggling to pay their rent.

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