The Indonesian government will allowed people under 45 to resume their activities to avoid more layoffs, said the head of COVID-19 task force today - Photo by President Office

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The Indonesian government will allowed people under 45 to resume their activities to avoid more layoffs, said the head of COVID-19 task force today. Based on the official data, about 15 percent of people under 45 are exposed to the virus.

Chairman of the Task Force for COVID-19 handling, Doni Monardo in a virtual presser on Monday (05/11) reported, the examination of specimens had reached 5,630 a day until May 8. The numbers far from President Joko Widodo’ ordered about 10,000 rapid test per day.

To increase the rapid test numbers, he added, the task force together with the ministry of health will obtain an additional medical devices from several countries, especially from South Korea and China.

Indonesian government is reviewing the efforts needed after the COVID-19 pandemic subsided, said the secretary of the coordinating ministry for the Economy, Susiwijono. Last week in a one seminar, coordinating minister for the Economy, Airlangga Hartarto said, the government plans to loosen the large-scale social distancing starting June.

On Monday, COVID-19 task force’ spokesperson, Achmad Yurianto reported, total positive cases rise to 14,265 or there are an additional 233 compared to previous day. Total fatalities jumped to 991 from earlier 973 and recovered 2,881. He adds, people under observation are 249,105.

The spread in 34 provinces and 282 districts and cities in Indonesia. While, number of people under monitoring reported 203,040 people across the country. State Intelligence Agency in collaboration with the Bandung Institute of Technology and the University of Indonesia sees number of COVID-19‘ patients in Indonesia was expected to reach 95,000 people in May.

“The number of patients will surge and thus, urgent, strategic steps are needed to curb the peak of the virus transmission. In research, the curve can be flattened, meaning the growth is inevitable but not exponential,” said finance minister, Sri Mulyani Indrawati told member of parliament through video conference April 6.

To that, said the minister, the central government budget is prioritized to comabt the COVID-19 and faces threats that endanger the national economy and financial system stability. As an example, she revealed, the village fund budget will be used for social safety nets in the form of direct cash assistance to the poor population and the pandemic handling activities.

The policies has been regulated in Government Regulation in Lieu of Law Number 1 of 2020 concerning State Financial Policy and Financial System Stability. Based on the bill, the government needs an additional budget of Rp405.1 trillion (US$27.01 billion) during the handling of the COVID-19 situation.

It was stated that budgeting and financing the deficit could exceed 3 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) until 2022. Then, in 2023 the deficit will return to normal at a maximum of 3 percent of the GDP.

Indrawati explained, the budget sources that can be used in handling COVID-19 are the budget surplus, the endowment funds, funds managed by the state firms and from the reducing of state capital injection in state-owned enterprises and raises the state bonds with the specific purpose of being able to be purchased by Bank Indonesia, SOEs, corporate and retail investors.

The government can also lend to the Indonesian Deposit Insurance Corporation, provide grants to local governments, and simplify the mechanism and simplification of financial documents. For regional financial policies, local governments are given the authority to refocus the use of regional state budget that is regulated by a minister of home affairs regulation.

By doing all the various policies, said the former World Bank’ managing director, the budget financing changed from the previous planned Rp307.2 trillion to Rp852.9 trillion. In details, the state revenues target has revised from Rp2,233.2 trillion to only Rp1,760.9 trillion and the state expenditure to Rp2,613.8 trillion from initially was changed from Rp2,540.4 trillion.

The government also added a special expenditure post for handling COVID-19 amounting to Rp255.1 trillion.

US$1: Rp15,000

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