COVID-19 infection crosses 92.6 million globally as deaths cross more than 1.98 million.
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Brunei had +0 new cases, has a total of 173 with 3 deaths.
There has been +6 new positive case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Cambodia. The tally is at 398. No deaths. Total recovered at 376..
The country reported +11,278 new infections, taking the totals to 858,043 infections with +306 new deaths, bringing total to 24,951 deaths.
Gov’t to Impose Stricter Restrictions in Several Cities in Java, Bali
A waiter cleans the dining table at Bebek Kaleyo restaurant in Jakarta on Oct. 12, 2020. (Antara Photo/Aprillio Akbar)
BY :DWI ARGO SANTOSA, LONA OLAVIA
JANUARY 07, 2021
Jakarta. The government has decided to impose stricter restrictions in Java and Bali starting on Jan. 11 to Jan. 25, following the surge in new Covid-19 cases. Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto said in a statement on Wednesday.
Airlangga said the restriction on people’s activities would only apply to several municipalities and districts in Java and Bali, including Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, and Denpasar.
“The restriction only applies in several municipalities and districts that meet the parameters, such as active cases, death rate, recovery rate, or hospital occupancy. This becomes a priority to curb the virus in these regions,” Airlangga said the statement.
The country saw a new record high in Covid-19 infections with 8,854 cases on Wednesday, two weeks after the Christmas holiday. That brought the total number of cases to more than 788,400 cases. Should the number of total cases steadily grow at the current pace of 0.9 percent daily, the country would see a million total cases in less than a month, according to the Jakarta Globe projection.
Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian had issued a ministerial instruction on the stricter restriction, which details the four-parameter and affected regions.
A region can restrict public activities if they meet one of the following parameters.
The first is if the death rate surpasses the national average. Followed by if the recovery late falls below the national average. The parameters also include if the active case rate is above the national average, and if the bed occupancy rate for ICU and isolation exceeds 70 percent.
The ministerial instruction stated all municipalities and districts in Jakarta will become a priority for this social restriction. In West Java are Bogor and Bekasi districts, Cimahi, Bogor, Depok, Bekasi municipalities, and the Greater Bandung area.
As for Banten, the government will prioritize both Tangerang district and the municipality and South Tangerang municipality. In Central Java are the metropolitan areas Greater Semarang and Banyumas, as well as Surakarta district and its surroundings.
On Yogyakarta’s priority list are Yogyakarta municipality and four districts, namely Bantul, Gunung Kidul, Sleman, Kulonprogo. East Java will prioritize Greater Surabaya and Greater Malang.
Furthermore, Badung district, Denpasar municipality, and its surroundings will become a priority for Bali’s restriction.
The governor can expand the restrictions to other municipalities or districts in their region by considering the aforementioned parameters and other considerations to help with Covid-19 handling. According to Airlangga, the restriction is necessary to help recover the economy in these regions that are at high risk and can potentially become a virus epicenter.
“Efforts on maintaining the momentum for economic recovery must be accompanied with efforts to address the pandemic,” Airlangga said.
Earlier Curfew, Shorter Capacity
Once the restriction is in effect, office attendance is limited to 25 percent of their capacity.
Classes will remain online to prevent virus transmission. Essential sectors for basic needs will operate at 100 percent with health protocols.
Shopping malls will have an earlier curfew at 7.00 p.m. Restaurants must limit their capacity to 25 percent while take-aways and delivery orders can remain open. Constructions can run at full capacity under strict health protocols. Places of worship are restricted to 50 percent.
Also, the government will temporarily close public facilities. Transportation modes will also be further regulated.
The country reported +0 new case recorded, total at 41. No deaths.
.Govt mulls plans to minimise impacts of pandemic
Economic issues, particularly ways to strengthen the economy while minimising the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, are among the most important issues being discussed at a government meeting which began in Vientiane on Thursday.
The meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, is being attended by government cabinet members, the mayor of Vientiane and provincial governors from January 7-8.
Meeting participants reviewed the implementation of the socio-economic development plan for 2016-2020 and discussed plans for the next five years.
Other important items discussed at the meeting on Thursday included progress made in improving investment climate indicators, improvements in approving investment and granting business licences, commercial production, and a report on a study of ways to convert State assets into capital.
On Friday, cabinet members, the Vientiane mayor and provincial governors will discuss the outcomes of the government’s measures in response to Covid-19 and how the pandemic has affected the economy. They will also debate a report on Laos’ preparations to graduate from the UN’s list of least developed countries.
Last year, Laos suffered severe economic hardship when the Covid-19 pandemic hit tourism, investment and other service businesses, which are the country’s main sources of revenue.
The pandemic caused rising unemployment and the government has pledged to address this issue.
The government has done a good job in keeping Covid-19 in check even as more cases are reported in the region.
The government is committed to carrying out economic reforms and moving towards sustainable development, ensuring an increase in Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
According to a report in the Lao Economic Daily, the economy grew at an average annual rate of 5.8 percent over the past five years, with annual average income per capita rising to US$2,664.
The government projects that the economy will grow by 4-5 percent annually in the years 2021-2015, with an annual inflation of not more than 6 percent.
One of the government’s most important policies is to improve mechanisms and measures to address economic difficulties and ensure quality growth and stability of the macro-economy. The government also plans to improve the structure of the economy, with a focus on SMEs and economic development along the Laos-China economic corridor and East-West and North-South economic corridors.
Laos has huge potential to generate more income from tourism due to its natural beauty and historical and cultural places of interest. The government has vowed to remove more barriers and improve the business climate in a bid to attract more investment from within Laos and from foreign countries to further boost economic growth.
By Somsack Pongkhao
(Latest Update January 8, 2021)
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The country reported +2,985 new cases, taking the total to 144,518, with +4 new deaths, total deaths at 563.
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