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Highlights in the media today: Jakarta facing shortage of health facilities and workers, Jakarta prepares for stricter implementation of mask policy, Jakarta PSBB might prolong recovery period by more than two years. 

Jakarta’s isolation bed occupancy rate stood at 77% and that of intensive care unit (ICU) beds was at 83% as of Wednesday (September 9).

The city administration is planning to increase the number of isolation beds and ICU beds to 4,807 and 636, respectively, by allocating more beds in the 13 city-owned hospitals, as well as cooperating with private hospitals for additional referral capacity.

Even with these additional facilities, however, all isolation beds would be occupied by COVID-19 patients by mid-October and all ICU beds by September 25 unless the city returned to stricter PSBB measures, the Jakarta administration projected.

At least 109 doctors across the country have died of COVID-19, including 16 in Jakarta, according to the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI).

As of September 11 16:01 (GMT+7), Indonesia had confirmed 210,940 COVID-19 cases, with 150,217 recoveries and 8,554 deaths.

The government is currently preparing law-enforcement personnel from various institutions to jointly carry out operations to ensure the implementation of mask-wearing protocols in administrative villages and villages across Indonesia.

The operation will involve personnel from the Indonesian Military (TNI), the National Police, and public order agencies (Satpol PP), as well as prosecutors and judges. COVID-19 Response and National Economic Recovery Committee Chairman Erick Thohir said that the president had ordered the country’s 83,000 administrative villages and villages to be at the forefront of COVID-19 management.

In Jakarta, the Jakarta Public Order Agency has sanctioned more than 139,000 people for violating the mask-wearing protocols and collected Rp 2.1 billion in fines. Bali will similarly impose fines of Rp100,000 on residents seen out without a face mask during the pandemic starting Monday (September 14).

Indonesia expects a long road to full economic recovery after Jakarta reinstated strict social restrictions. Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartanto said on Thursday (September 10) that a full economic recovery would now take at least two to three years.

Following Jakarta’s announcement, Indonesian stocks fell by more than 5% at closing on Thursday, while the rupiah weakened 0.38% against the US dollar to 14,855.

Bank Central Asia economist David Sumual said on Thursday that the economy was more likely to contract than grow in Q3, even without the circuit breaker. The economy had been losing steam since August as virus infection cases jumped, he added. David, however, also said that Jakarta’s policy would still take a heavy toll on economic activities.

Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) Deputy Chairwoman Shinta Kamdani said that the severity of the economic contraction would depend on the restriction period. The large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) policy will heavily affect employment, as impacted businesses will be forced to furlough their employees again.

 

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