Members of the Indonesian Red Cross disinfect a school amid concerns over the COVID-19 in Jakarta on Wednesday. AFP
Indonesia is reallocating a total of 17.17 trillion rupiah ($1.13 billion) from the 2020 state budget for coronavirus response, its finance minister said on Wednesday, after the Southeast Asian country reported 172 COVID-19 cases.
The sum was initially earmarked for non-priority spending, such as overseas business trips, and projects that have now been delayed, Sri Mulyani Indrawati told an online news conference.
She also said the government's revenue collection was under pressure with income from the natural resources sector falling sharply.
Meanwhile, Indonesia will prohibit the entry and transit of visitors from six European countries plus Iran from March 20 due to coronavirus concerns, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.
For the next month, all travellers who wish to visit Indonesia will also have to obtain a health certificate from their home countries and must apply for a visa from Indonesian missions, the ministry said in a statement.
Restrictions for travellers from China and South Korea's Daegu City and Gyeongsangbuk-do province remain in place, the ministry said.
The Swedish climate activist, who received the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity on Monday and was awarded a total of €1 million, said she would use the prize money to support climate projects around the world.
A zoo in Indonesia may slaughter some of its animals to feed others, such as a Sumatran tiger and a Javan leopard, if it runs out of food in coming months after the coronavirus pandemic forced it to shut it doors.
Yurianto confirmed 282 new coronavirus infections, taking the total in the Southeast Asian country to 4,839. A total of 426 people have recovered, he said.
More than 33,600 tests have been performed, Yurianto added.
New Delhi authorities on Thursday ordered all sports facilities to stay open until 10:00pm after a media report claimed that one stadium shuts early every evening — so that an official can walk his dog.
The Ministry stressed in a statement on Thursday that its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment.
According to the Moroccan media, two schoolgirls blew up the case, after they were seeking refuge in the health center located next to the educational institution in which they study.