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Coronavirus: Indonesia Cancels Mass Muslim Gathering at Last Minute

A mass Muslim gathering in Indonesia has been cancelled amid fears it could accelerate the spread of novel coronavirus, but thousands of pilgrims have already travelled to the island of Sulawesi where it was due to take place, a local official said Wednesday. The four-day gathering was organized by Tablighi …

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COVID-19: Does Indonesia need a lockdown? It depends on how you define it – The Jakarta Post

It seems that at the height of any crisis, a buzzword tends to pop up and dominate public discourse due to the sheer frequency of its usage by state officials and ordinary people alike. During the current public health crisis caused by outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which …

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Indonesia forest fires choke Southeast Asia | Indonesia

Toxic haze from Indonesian forest fires closed thousands of schools across the country and in neighbouring Malaysia on Wednesday, while air quality worsened in Singapore just days before the city’s Formula One motor race. Forest fires are blazing on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo, with Jakarta deploying thousands of …

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Aussie surfers trapped amid Bali coronavirus chaos

Nine Australian surfers are trapped on their boat having been refused entry to the Indonesian island of Sumba. Ten days ago the Australian men – who are mostly from Newcastle in New South Wales – cleared a coronavirus screening before heading off on their surfing jaunt. Brydon Roper, who is …

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Bali closes Gili Islands for two weeks to prevent the spread of coronavirus

Bali coronavirus travel warning: Holiday hot spot is placed into ‘alert status’ as the popular Gili Islands are closed off to touristsBali is on ‘alert status’ with schools closed and locals being advised to stay home There are no cases of coronavirus on the Gili Islands, closure is to prevent spreadTourists …

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West Nusa Tenggara closes tourist access to Gili islands

UPDATE March 18: West Nusa Tenggara Governor Zulkieflimansyah has clarified to the media that access to Gili Islands is only closed for tourists coming in directly from Bali. Additionally, tourists who are still in either Gili Trawangan, Gili Air or Gili Meno, can still leave the islands at any time.  …

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Indonesia to Quarantine 188 World Dream Crew Members on Island Near Jakarta

Jakarta. The Indonesian government has sent a naval hospital ship to evacuate 188 Indonesian crew members of World Dream cruise ship to be sent to an uninhabited island near Jakarta for coronavirus observation, health officials said on Tuesday. Achmad Yurianto, secretary-general of the Health Ministry’s disease control and environmental health …

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SMBC in two-way race to buy Indonesia’s Bank Permata

JAKARTA — Japanese megabank Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. is one of two final contenders to acquire major Indonesian peer Bank Permata, a senior official at Indonesia’s Financial Services Authority said Friday. “Sumitomo Mitsui and a Thai investor remain in the race,” the official said. “Sumitomo Mitsui is in serious consideration.” Indonesia is accelerating …

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Indonesian President Confirms Second Coronavirus Death

Jakarta. At least two people have now died of the novel coronavirus in Indonesia, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Friday as he pledged to pour more funds and take more coordinated measures to contain the pandemic. Jokowi said more serious attempts are needed to combat the Covid-19 disease that has been …

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Indonesian singles propose ‘marriage without dating’

 ADEK BERRY Frustrated after a string of break-ups, Dwita Astari Pujiartati quit the casual romance circuit and turned to a growing trend among Indonesian singles — marriage without dating. The 27-year-old professor exchanged resumes with prospective suitors — helped by a Muslim cleric-cum-matchmaker — until she was contacted by a …

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