Corona Virus Memo #98 January 17, 2022
Cumulative number of reported cases: 4,270,794(as of January 17)
- Deaths: 144,167
- Recoveries: 4,118,164
- Fatality rate: 3.3%
Rupiah to US: 14,323
Jakarta Stock Exchange Index: 6645
Reserves (US$ Billions): $144.905 (December 31, 2021)
Overview- Cases Could Grow to 60,000 by February
Indonesia reported 1,054 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the highest daily increase in three months, as the government braces for a new wave of coronavirus infections driven by the spread of the Omicron variant. Daily death rates have not changed, remaining under 10 per day.
Director of Prevention and Control of Vector and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the Health Ministry Siti Nadia Tarmizi predicted that cases would reach 60,000 by mid-February.
A free booster program began on January 12, initially for people over 60, even though only 42% of Indonesia’s elderly are fully vaccinated
Travel-Country Bans Lifted/Quarantine Reduced to 7 Days
The government lifted existing restrictions on entry from 14 countries (including southern African nations, US, Denmark, and France), giving in to Omicron’s worldwide spread and the impossibility of discriminating by countries. A COVID Taskforce spokesperson said: “If we decide to keep the list of restricted countries in place then that could complicate cross-border travel, which we still need in order to maintain national stability and spur the economic recovery.”
Meanwhile it reduced mandatory quarantines to 7 days.
Religious Travel Permitted: Religion Minister, Yaqut Cholil Qoumas clarified that there is no prohibition for pilgrimages (umrah) because of Omicron. “There is no law that prohibits citizens from going abroad when they get a visa unless they are in a legal trouble. So if they get a visa, they have the right [to travel overseas], but the government has the right to arrange the regulations,” he explained.
Updated Travel Restrictions for Airplane Passengers Traveling within Indonesia during PPKM
These restrictions apply to flights between airports on the island of Java, flights from/or to airports on the island of Java, and flights from/or to airports on the island of Bali.
· The documents below are required and to be presented (digital copies available using PeduliLindungi App for Indonesian citizens) during check-in at airports:
· Vaccine certificate/card, minimum of first dose.
· Certificate or letter of negative RT-PCR results whose samples were taken within a maximum period of 2×24 hours before the departure.
· Indonesia Health Alert Card (e-HAC) for all passengers (Indonesians and non-Indonesians)
Indonesia Travel Restriction Details can be found here.