Corona Virus Update #53 March 1, 2021
|Cumulative number of reported cases: 1,223,930 (as of March 1)
Deaths: 36,325Fatality Rate: 2.69%
Rupiah to US$14,300Jakarta Stock Exchange Index: 6338
Overview- Private Sector Gets Involved
New case detections remained flat week-to-week and the bed occupancy rate (BOR) continued to decline. The Corona Virus Task Force reported that no Indonesian hospital currently has a BOR above 70%. Testing rates improved dramatically from last week.
Vaccinators of educators has begun and Indonesian health authorities have administered 2.6 million doses of coronavirus vaccine since the mass vaccination campaign began on Jan. 13, according to government figures released on Saturday (02/27).
A total of 1.6 million citizens have received the vaccine, with around 1 million already getting double shots of the vaccine produced jointly by state-run pharmaceutical company Bio Farma and China’s Sinovac Biotech. The country is currently in the second stage of vaccination after a vast majority of registered medical workers received the vaccine in the first stage.
Indonesia’s private sector, via its chamber of commerce KADIN, expects to receive 2 million does from the Chinese state-owned manufacturer, Sinopharm. The firm utilizes inactive viruses to make its vaccine, a technique also used to create polio, rabies, and hepatitis A vaccines.
Tech giant Grab and health platform Good Doctor have opened Southeast Asia’s first Covid-19 vaccination drive-thru in Bali to inoculate thousands tourism workers and ride-hailing drivers.
Heavy rains pummeled west java and south Jakarta, causing river overflows and an important dike to rupture and widespread flooding, including in the upscale area of Kemang.
Travel- Sponsor Still Needed
Free Visa/Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival are temporarily suspended until the COVID-19 pandemic is declared over by the Indonesian Government.
Foreign nationals can apply for a Visitor and Temporary Stay Visa if they have a legitimate sponsor in Indonesia to sponsor their visa application.
Applications must be made online by a Sponsor through the following website: https://visa-online.imigrasi.go.id/
Indonesian Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan held a video conference with US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, formerly US Secretary of State, to discuss clean energy. During the video conferencing, Pandjaitan and Kerry also discussed cooperation in addressing the challenge of climate change by building climate change awareness before the 26th UN Climate Change Conference.
(sources: International and Indonesia news media, Bali Update (from balidiscovery.com), Reformasi Weekly, US Embassy website)