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Unair Dental Engineering Students win 2020 Dentistry Festival trophies

Unair Dental Engineering Study Team wins first place in Ortho Competition in the Kediri 2020 Dentistry Festival. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO, Surabaya – As one of the best universities in Indonesia, Universitas Airlangga Surabaya, East Java, also known as “Unair”, continues to mark success through students’ achievements, most recently when Dental Engineering students won three categories at the Dentistry Festival on Saturday, (03/07/2020).

At the event hosted by Kediri Institute of Health Sciences, the team from Unair Dental Engineering took first and second places in Ortho Competition and second place in the Teeth Carving category. One of the team members, Terania Alfarisa, shared her experiences with the team in the competition.

“At first, we were interested in taking part in this competition because as final-year students, we wanted to secure achievements for our study program and hone our skills,” said Tera to Unair Public Relations, Saturday (03/14/2020). “What’s more, we appreciate the opportunity to meet with Dental Engineering students from around Indonesia. Events like this are usually only held 1-2 times a year,” she continued.

Tera said that there were differences between the two branches of the competition, which were participated in by Unair Dental Engineering Team. The Ortho Competition is a competition for the manufacture of removable ortho devices used to straighten teeth while the Carving competition focuses on the ability to carve teeth using wax.

Considering the fact that the task is quite difficult, Tera claimed to have had no idea that she could win first place in the Ortho competition. Even so, she still tried to be optimistic and enjoy the race.

“We are grateful for this achievement, and we want to thank our closest friend and lecturer who always support us during the competition,” said Tera.

“It is very nice to be able to champion the good name of the Dental Engineering study program and arouse pride in our lecturers,” she continued.

One of her teammates, M. Kautsar Haula Robi, also shred his impression. He revealed that his team was very relaxed during the competition. In line with Tera, he also feels grateful for the achievements.

“We are thrilled to hear the announcement,” said the 2017 student. “It feels like all the struggles we have finally paid off,” he concluded. (*/est)

ITS student designs toy for visually-impaired children

BaaDaaBoo is tested by SLB students. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO, Surabaya – “Never cease innovating!” Now it is a student of the Sepuluh November Institute of Technology (ITS) who presents her final project (TA) for children with visual impairment, by creating a special toy. Fikria Nur Baiti, a graduate of the ITS Industrial Product Design Department designed a toy named “BaaDaaBoo” by combining several games specifically created for blind children still at a tender age.

Until now, toys specifically for children with visual impairment have been difficult to find. The student, familiarly known as “Betty” explained that the game often encountered is directly focused on learning Braille (a type of touch writing system intended for blind people). “Special toys are still rare, especially those to support the active motion of (visually impaired) children,” said Betty, in a release received by the Independent Observer, Thursday (03/12/2020).

The teenager from Gresik explained that the game she made was targeted at children who were still at an age of play. “This is because for ages 4 to 6, toys are more focused on learning textures and orientation of mobility, or moving around in certain directions. Training of motor skills and the concept of direction in children is acquired at the same time when playing with these toys,” she said.

The size of this toy is quite large. If a set is fitted together, it can reach 2 x 2 meters. “This toy is made in the form of a puzzle, so that its configuration can be changed,” said the Class of 2015 student. Toy trajectories can be changed at will: it can make turns or go straight, and so on.

The toy track that she designed appears as a direction. “Along the track, there are also pieces of various forms of puzzles and their bases, so that children can work with puzzles by matching their shapes,” she said.

Puzzles are available in various geometric shapes, namely, triangles, circles, squares and pentagons made with variations of fine and rough textures. There are also sounds of songs about geometric shapes that can be played while playing. Children can follow audio tracks while playing puzzles to make it more fun and not boring.

With one game, according to Betty, quite a lot of benefits are gained by children. Among others, it can train a sensitive sense of touch, train the concept of direction by concentrating when walking along the track, and also mobility orientation. This toy is safe for the blind to use, as it is composed of EVA rubber, commonly known as sponge rubber.

“This toy has been tried by children with visual impairments in SLB (Extraordinary Schools) in Surabaya and Gresik; they also like to play geometric puzzles and like the sound of the toy,” said Betty.

Betty will graduate this coming Sunday (3/15), and acknowledges many shortcomings in her final work. Because time is short, Betty put together a prototype of this toy, helped by her friends. She hopes it can be further developed. “I want this toy to be produced and given to schools that need it later, so that children with visual impairment can benefit directly.” (*/est)

MIPA IPB University students teach basic skill sets to kids

Children of Cihideung Ilir 6 Elementary School learn how to read the direction of the wind. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO, Bogor – Student Executive Board (BEM) members, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMIPA) IPB, Bogor, West Java, hold lessons for students of Cihideung Ilir Elementary School 6, Bogor Re­gency, demonstrating how to make pots from plastic waste and how to read the direction of the wind. Such a transmission of skill sets is part of the “Let’s Build Village” (Marki­sa) program. Markisa is a commu­nity service activity that focuses on studying the environment and enhancing literacy culture in the community.

This Markisa deals with the wind as an abiotic component of the environment. Elementary stu­dents grade 1-3 are taught how to make windmills from origami paper and ice cream sticks. This is so that they can awaken to the possibility of making craft items from mate­rials discarded as trash, such as paper and ice cream sticks.

“This activity is also expected to increase student creativity and improve fine motor skills such as making patterns, folding paper, cutting, and sticking,” said Zidan, one of the committees of Markisa BEM FMIPA IPB University, as quote by IPB University’ PR, Tues­day (03/10/2020).

After finishing making the wind­mill, the activity continued with the provision of material about the direction of the compass. There is a learning model in the form of a two-dimensional air balloon at­tached with a picture of the sun and the directions of the compass that have been prepared by the committee to make it easier to provide an illustration. The learn­ing model is made as attractive as possible to attract the attention of students. Students are then invit­ed to sing along a song about the direction of the compass to make it easier to remember.

“This activity is very good, the impact is extraordinary. We, stu­dents as agents of change can bring younger siblings to be better and increase their knowledge,” he added.

Meanwhile, students in grades 4 and 5 undertake another activi­ty, namely recycling plastic bottles into pots that will be used to grow plants at the next meeting. Stu­dents are given the opportunity to make their own patterns and col­or the pots on the school grounds. Before making pots, students are first given material about plant morphology using learning models in the form of pop ups, projectors, and verbal explanations. (*/est)

UNS Faculty of Law Students win national legislative drafting

Five students represent UNS as a team in the Legislative Drafting Competition. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO, Solo – A proud achievement was again recorded by students of the Fac­ulty of Law (FH) Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) Surakarta, Central Java, in The 7th Social Science in Nation­al Law Competition (Sciencesational 2020) held by the Institute for Study and Science (LK2) Faculty of Law (FH) University of Indonesia (UI).

The team consisting of five UNS students won second place: the team was comprised of Arya Adi Bintoro, class of 2018, Ri’dhollah Purwa Jati, class of 2017, Iqtironia Khamlia, class of 2018, Atika Ramadanty, class of 2017, and Gergorius Fransisco, class of 2019. They were representing UNS as a team in the Legislative Drafting Competition.

“Legislative drafting involves drafting of laws. In legal drafting, there are two phases. First, we pre­pare an academic draft. The academ­ic manuscript is similar to a Draft version of the Law,” stated Ri’dhol­lah, as quote by uns.ac.id team, Wednesday (03/11/2020).

In the Legislative Drafting Compe­tition, there were two types of compe­tition: Legal revision and developing new Laws. In this competition, the UNS team chose to make a cyber law, selecting a cyber theme because it is considered new for Indonesians.

“By chance, this is about cyber legislation and it is considered new for Indonesians; thus, we formulated a new draft and bill; while there is a bill it has not been promulgated,” ex­plained Ri’dhollah.

Arya as the team leader admitted that he is really committed to, as this is his first competition. “Honestly, this is my first time. In this competition, I hope to learn a great deal,” Arya stat­ed.

In the future, they plan to more thoroughly explore legal drafting. Taking part in other competitions is also possible; it is hoped that a collab­oration in making legislative drafting so that what they make can be imple­mented and have a positive impact on society. (*/est)

Pho Ngon Vietnamese Restaurant serves authentic Vietnamese cuisine

(Photo: Kartika Indah K.)

IO – Unique Vietnamese dishes are preferred because of their distinctive taste and how it fits the tongue of Indonesian people. When visiting the city of Bandung, West Java, you can stop by one of the finest Vietnamese restaurants, the Pho Ngon Restaurant, Taste of Vietnam, to get the taste of authentic delicious Vietnamese cuisine. Pho Ngon Restaurant was established in 2017. At that time, the owner Shawn Tanudjaja opened the Pho Ngon restaurant in a shop in Mekarwangi, Bandung, West Java, with an initial capital of IDR 250 million.

Before opening the authentic Vietnamese restaurant, Do Nguyen Ha, Shawn’s wife who is indeed a native Vietnamese, learned how to cook a truly authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Since its establishment, this restaurant managed to get a great amount of interest from the people of Bandung, especially from the community around the housing complex.

They often enjoy quality time with their family by eating this authentic Vietnamese cuisine. “It turns out that it also matches our tongue. In the complex, initially around 80 percent of customers were of Chinese ethnicity, but then many people tried and found it to be a good fit. In fact, at this time, even teenagers are coming to this restaurant,” said Shawn.

For this reason, Shawn ventured to open a restaurant branch in Paris van Java (PVJ), a unique lifestyle mall, which is located in the center of Bandung. “(this is done) To introduce the restaurant, as many know by word of mouth, then, to add things up, we also invite food bloggers,” he explained.

Unique Menu
When visiting Pho Ngon, visitors will be served Vietnamese specialties namely Pho. Pho is made from rice noodles, combined with beef soup broth that is processed for 12 hours. In this dish, Pho Bo, or traditional Vietnamese beef noodle soup, rice noodles are served with beef soup, then given a slice of beef with a choice of Australian, American and local meats. “As per the cuisine served, Pho is the name of the cuisine, Ngon means delicious. So Pho Ngon essentially means good dishes,” Shawn said. 

Besides beef, Pho Ngon also provides a menu of typical Vietnamese dishes with chicken sauce and chicken meat, such as Pho Ga or Traditional Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup. Pho Ngon also serves Pho Fron or Vietnamese Dry Chicken Noodle with sour, salty and fresh sauces.

Another new menu is Com Ga Xoi Mo, Vietnamese-style fried rice with special Vietnamese waterfall fried chicken. “Taste of Vietnamese cuisine is balanced, so it’s not too salty, sour or spicy,” he explained.

In addition, Pho Ngon also provides a bread baguette menu, which is a typical Vietnamese menu, different from the French baguette. The Vietnamese Baguette has thinner and crispier skin, and the inside of the bread is softer. There are several options for the traditional Vietnamese baguette menu, such as Banh Mi Bo or Beef Sandwich, Bahn Mi Ga or Chicken Sandwich, and Bahn Mi Cha Ca or Fish Cake Sandwich.

Pho Ngon also serves appetizers such as Goi Cuon (Vietnamese Fresh Spring Roll), Cha Ca Tu (Vietnamese Fish Cake), Coi Buoi Tom Thit (Vietnamese Shrimp Salad), and Pho Ngon Ga Chien (Fried Chicken Wings). As for dessert such as Durian Panna Cotta, Avocado Panna Cotta, Banh Flan or Vietnamese Style Crème Caramel, and Sua Chua or Vietnamese Homemade Yogurt.

The advantages of Pho Ngon cuisine are using natural and halal ingredients from Vietnam. Shawn uses ingredients such as spices, rice noodles, and spring roll skins imported directly from Vietnam. In addition, in this cuisine, the unique taste of Pho or Vietnamese Coriander leaves can be felt. Some vegetables are also taken from their own garden in Lembang, West Java. Shawn took Vietnamese vegetable seeds, then planted them in his garden.

As for the mainstay and favorite drinks are typical Vietnamese coffee, which is imported directly from their home country. Some drinks like Ca Pe Fring or Vietnamese Egg Coffee, Ca Phe Sua or Vietnamese milk Coffee. Other drinks such as Ca Da Me (Tamarind Crink), Ca Pe Cot Dua (Ice Coconut Coffee), Socola Cot Dua (Ice Chocolate Coconut), Tra Sen (Lotus Tea), and Lemon Juice. “The price of our food is very affordable, starting from IDR 20,000 to 45,000 so that it is affordable for all groups,” said Shawn.

Restaurant Design
To further give an authentic feel of Vietnam, Pho Ngon is designed in Vietnamese style with distinctive red and yellow colors. In PVJ, the restaurant is divided into two areas: indoor and outdoor. Entering the indoor room there is a Xeom or typical Vietnamese bajaj. Visitors will also see many hanging lanterns and fans imported directly from Vietnam.

While the outdoor bench which is modified from Vespa. “As for the design of the Pho Ngon Restaurant in Mekarwangi, Bandung, it is more homy because it is in a shop-house,” he said.

Pho Ngon restaurant in PVJ can accommodate 80 people, both indoors and outdoors. The restaurant, which is open from 10:00 to 22:00 WIB, is crowded with visitors on weekdays and weekends. During weekdays the visitors count is up to 200-250 people per day, while on weekends most family visitors can reach 400-450 people.

Pho Ngon, who had won the 2019 Indonesia Best Restaurant Awards, became a prospective restaurant for franchising. Since the end of 2018, Shawn has franchised his restaurant business. In early June 2019, a Pho Ngon franchise was established in Tasikmalaya, West Java, with a franchise fee of IDR 300 million for five years.  (Kartika Indah K.)

The treehouse and clear river are only three hours from Jakarta

(Photo: Caecilia Linggarjati)

IO – Beautiful Indonesia is true. Blue sky, green trees, a clear watery river can be seen by driving for three hours only from Jakarta.

There are quite a lot of natural attractions in Bogor and surrounding areas. The choice that day fell to the Cipamingkis Tree House. This is the choice of a Bogor native colleague, so we trusted in his choice.

This treehouse sounds interesting. Understandably, a small treehouse is a place to play dreamily as often portrayed in children’s films from the west. In the film, this treehouse looks fun to be a hiding place, because it is located high in the tree.

The trip was taken from Jakarta to Bogor to pick up a friend at his house, and then go to the treehouse through the Sentul area. After Sentul, the road became narrower and the rural atmosphere in West Java increasingly felt. Even the natural scenery becomes more interesting.

In that area, minimarkets are also increasingly rare. So, in a coffee shop, we stopped to drink coffee and eat snacks. The view from the stall is a canyon with a row of scenic green rice fields.

The villagers seemed to have realized the potential of that natural beauty. They provide a spot for selfies complete with a love gate. Of course, those who are interested in the photos on the spot must pay.

Along the way, it turns out there are several tourist attractions that are also crowded by people. The average tourist spot offers waterfalls and spots for photos. But we still drive toward the treehouse, guided by GPS from the cell phone.

Arriving at Cipamingkis Tree House, this tourist spot is crowded on this holiday. Rows of cars have filled the parking lot. There is no public transportation passing through the area so motorbikes and private cars are the only transportation to this tourist spot.

As is usual in tourist attractions in the country, there are many food merchants near the parking lot. Visitors can eat snacks such as meatballs and chicken noodles while sitting on a mat near the seller’s cart.

The treehouse is the main magnet for this tourist spot. There is a path that must be traversed to go up to the treehouse. It takes time to get there because visitors need to take turns to get on, not to mention, there are people taking pictures so we need to stop for a moment.

The shape of the treehouse in Cipamingkis is certainly different from that seen in films. But it’s still pretty satisfying to our curiosity to feel what it is up a tall tree. From that height, you can also see the unspoiled and beautiful scenery.

Another attraction in this place is a small river that is still clear and rushing. This is something that cannot be found in the middle of the city. We can freely dip our feet and feel the coolness of the pristine water.

Unfortunately, some people dip their feet to wash their shoes! Not to mention, not so far from the creek there are heaps of instant noodle packaging trash, snacks, and instant drinks. Crowded tourist arrivals on holidays leaving a pile of garbage that ruins the view.

We decided to take a break while eating meatballs that taste mediocre, but sitting on a mat while eating at this tourist spot was reminiscent of a picnic with a large family in childhood. The old folks used to bring their food and haul everything away, so that there was no garbage left. (Caecilia Linggarjati)

Srihadi Soedarsono: World Class painting maestro from Indonesia

Srihadi Soedarsono and Farida Srihad. (Photo: RP/IO)

IO – The solo exhibition of Indonesian painting maestro Professor Kanjeng Pangeran Srihadi Soedarsono, at the Indonesia National Gallery, Jakarta, March 11-April 9, has special mean­ing for the painter. “This exhibition is to commemorate my 88 years of age. This age has significance for a man of Javanese descent like me,” Srihadi explained.

The exhibition, which was opened by SOE Minister Erick Thohir on March 11, displayed 44 Srihadi‘s paintings with a landscape theme. The show consists of 38 paintings and the rest of his classic oeuvre in­cludes Borobudur sketches that he created when he was 17 years old.

At a young age, Srihadi had shown intuition and interest in natural, human and cultural values. He de­scribed Borobudur Temple with a landscape approach through expres­sive lines.

This sketch was deliberately dis­played along with his latest works, as a sign that the Borobudur sketch was the forerunner that inspired Srihadi to make landscape paintings.

This solo exhibition titled “Srihadi Soedarsono-Man x Universe” inter­prets the beauty of the Indonesian landscape as a spiritual zeal for a sense of independence and national pride. Landscape in Srihadi’s per­spective has a deeper theme than a sight that hypnotizes others to come visit.

“Universe is a record of memories like someone who remembers their memories before writing. This is how I recorded my journey from childhood till now that I’m 88 years old. How the paddy field that used to be so wide, now it is no longer that big,” Srihadi said.

Srihadi did not just paint. He also made statements, as he once did in times of struggle for independence. The most recent painting displayed at the exhibition is about the floods that hit Jakarta earlier this year.

Painting titled “Jakarta Megapol­itan – Flood Liberation Sculpture?” painted at the beginning of the year on a 128×205 cm canvas with oil me­dia. “This is my latest painting after Jakarta flooded at the beginning of the year. Actually, this is a follow-up painting, “Srihadi said.

The curator of the exhibition, Dr. A. Rikrik Kusmara, M.Sn., classifies Srihadi’s work into four big families, namely Social Critics (Papua Series, Bandung Series, and Field of Salt), Dynamic (Jatiluwih Series and En­ergy of Waves), Human & Nature (Mountain Series , Tanah Lot Series, Gunung Kawi Series), Contempla­tion (Horizon Series and Borobudur Series).

“Srihadi presented four main aspects in the series of landscape works,” said Rikrik. “First is a par­adox of ‘beauty’ inside reality. Sec­ondly, the perspective on the above reality drives the turmoil in Srihadi’s artistic process.”

“Third, the works that emerge in this phase are like self-reflection by observing human aspects in culture and nature; it seemed like an intense dialogue ‘at a distance’ between hu­mans, culture, and nature”.

“Fourth is the moment of contem­plation. In this work Srihadi places Borobudur’s representation in the landscape as the ultimate symbol of the process of contemplation and spiritualism”.

Rikrik did not want to discuss the matter of Srihadi’s painting style. “I would rather mention Srihadi’s paintings as essentialism, not in the style and genre of his paintings,” he said.

Srihadi’s painting is the result of a process of deep reflection that produces subtle experiences which are then presented in a unique vi­sual composition; it’s essential and enigmatic… placing aspects of the socio-cultural context in relation to reflections on the awareness of “be­ing” in the earth’s cycle and the uni­verse that is subtly wrapped in layers upon layers of structure of silent vi­sual signs, all of which requires the involvement of consciousness and “taste”.

“(It is) in harmony with the philos­ophy of Srihadi, memayu hayuning bawono, which is to glorify the earth.”

In addition to the exhibition, a book titled ‘SRIHADI SOEDARSONO – Man x Universe’ will also be launched by his wife, Farida Srihadi, along with Cultural Observer Jean Couteau. “The Javanese value system forms a symbolic approach typical of Srihadi in terms of shape and color,” said Farida. “How Srihadi’s power over nuance and detail is put forward and enriched by intuition and sense of taste in order to achieve the manung­galing kawula gusti (the unity of God and His subjects) ideal.”

“Srihadi is a maestro of Indone­sian Painting, and even the world,” said Couteau. He aligns Srihadi with Affandi.

“Srihadi has the ability to ‘feel’ which is not only extraordinary but also developed and honed by his na­tive Javanese tradition. by consid­ering the history of Indonesian and global painting. “Srihadi is not only a symbolic maestro or Indonesian colorist; he actually belongs to the world’s symbolic-colorist maestros,” Couteau said.

Besides the exhibition and book launch, a seminar will also be held on Saturday 28 March. (RP)

Rudy Gobert: Make a donation of more than 500 thousand dollars

Rudy Gobert reminds people to keep washing their hands. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO – Rudy Gobert of Utah Jazz was the first NBA player to be tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. which led to the Jazz match against Oklahoma City Thunder being cancelled.

A few days ago, Gobert gave the latest news related to his condition that was getting better. He also pro­vided several guidelines to prevent the spread of the corona virus from becoming more widespread.

Gobert, who won the title of best defender in two successive seasons, also encouraged NBA fans to regular­ly wash their hands with soap and water, not touch their faces, and re­duce physical contact with others if not needed.

He even donated more than 500,000 US dollars or around 7.3 billion rupiah to help part-time employees at the Utah Jazz stable. This is to help cover the wages of those who cannot work during the suspension of the NBA season. The donation was intended for families affected by the COVID-19 pandem­ic in the cities of Utah and Okla­homa, as well as health workers and nurses in their home country, France.

The Utah Jazz All-Star center pro­vided fans with a health update on the NBA Twitter account Sunday and said he’s been feeling a “little better every single day.”

He reminded people to keep wash­ing their hands, stop touching their faces and avoid unnecessary contact with others.

“I wish I would have taken this thing more seriously and I hope ev­eryone else will do so because we can do it together,” Gobert said as quoted by CNN.

Gobert was recently criticized for a prank he pulled on members of the media that could have put them at risk of contracting the illness.

As Gobert was leaving a media event on March 9, before he was diag­nosed with coronavirus, he touched every microphone and recorder in front of him in jest.

After his diagnosis, Gobert issued a public apology on Instagram. (rp)

Doctor Handoko Gunawan: Suffers from fatigue while treating Covid-19 patients

Hopefully Dr. Handoko Gunawan quickly regains his health. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO – Doctor Handoko Gunawan is now going viral in cyberspace. This 80-year-old doctor fought in the forefront of treating patients with Covid-19. He worked until 3 o’clock in the morning.

Handoko’s children had advised their father not to jump in because of his age, but the doctor answered firmly. “Even if I had to die, it’s fine,” said Handoko.

“May you please also pray for one of the doctors who handle Covid-19, doctor Gunawan, a pulmonary ex­pert in Graha Kedoya, who is close to 80. At present, he continues to work until 3 am. His children had advised him not to be involved, but he commented even if he had to die “…it’s okay” wrote the @elsyandria Twitter account.

Handoko was apparently ex­hausted, he was sick and had to be hospitalized. “Dr. Handoko Gun­awan is currently in charge of com­petent hospital and medical staff. “Dr. Handoko is in a conscious con­dition and can communicate well (of course communication is limited),” wrote Dr. Handoko Gunawan’s fam­ily through a short message as writ­ten by Liputan6.com, on Wednes­day, March 17.

The family also expressed their gratitude for the public’s sympathy for the doctor.

“We’re a big family of Dr. Han­doko Gunawan thanked profusely for all the attention, sympathy and prayers offered to Dr. Handoko Gu­nawan, both from friends, relatives, netizens and all levels of society who provide encouragement and sup­port. May God the Almighty repay all of you.”

His courage in handling Corona­virus patients is a public concern. The thing is, Corona is a deadly vi­rus, especially for elderly people. In fact, working until 3 o’clock in the morning is also difficult even for younger people.

We send grateful thanks for his dedication and sincerely hope that Doctor Handoko Gunawan will re­cover quickly. (rp)

309 positive cases, 25 deaths

Government Spokesman for the Mitigation of Coronavirus, Achmad Yurianto. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO, Jakarta – Cases of Coronavirus or Covid-19 in Indonesia continue to increase in number. When it was first announced on 2 March 2020, there were only 2 cases. However, by Thursday 19 March 2020 at 12.00 WIB, the total is 309 sufferers, with 25 deaths. “From 17 March at 12.00 WIB to 18 March at 12.00 WIB, 55 additional positive cases were diag­nosed,” said the Government Spokes­man for the Mitigation of Coronavi­rus, Achmad Yurianto (“Y uri”), at the Indonesian National Board of Disaster Management (Badan Na­tional Penanggulangan Bencana – “BNPB”) Office, Jakarta, on Thursday (19/03/2020).

The latest positive Corona cases come from Banten (4 cases), DIY (1 case), DKI (30 cases), West Java (12 cases), Central Java (2 cases), North Sumatra (1 case), Lampung (1 case), Riau (1 case), and East Kalimantan (1 case). Yuri also mentioned that the number of patients who died has also increased – and there were some who have recovered as well. “The to­tal number of deaths is 25,” he said. “From Bali, 1 death; from Banten, 1; from DKI, 12; from West Java, 1; from Central Java, 2; from East Java, 1; and from North Sumatra, 1 death. However, 11 Corona patients have re­covered as well. They are from Bant­en (1 patient), Jakarta (9 patients), and West Java (1 patient).”

Yuri stated that the spike in the number of cases occurred because some regional hospitals did not report Corona cases from 12 March to 17 March. Ministry of Health data stat­ed that 1,255 people have been test­ed for the virus, with 1,083 of them proven to be negative. This increase in the number of positive Corona cas­es in Indonesia has caused the Gov­ernment to increase the number of referral hospitals.

Now, the Government has pro­vided 227 referral hospitals. Initially, there were only 100 referral hospitals. However, the number was increased in 10 March. The increase of referral hospitals is based on the Decree of the Minister of Health Number 169 of 2020 concerning the Appointment of Referral Hospitals for the Mitiga­tion of Specific Emerging Infectious diseases. The Ministry of Health’s of­ficial webpage stated that 109 of the referral hospitals are Military hospi­tals, 53 are Police hospitals, and 65 are State-Owned hospitals.

Achmad Yurianto further stated that the highest number of Covid-19 cases are found in DKI Jakarta. “We understand that there many gates for people from all regions and countries to enter DKI. Furthermore, popula­tion mobility is extremely high, and there is a high possibility of contact with existing positive cases due to population density,” he said in Ja­karta on Tuesday (17/03/2020). “The new cases in Jakarta are found by tracing the contact of existing pos­itive patients, which is performed by the staff of the DKI Health Office with the help of the Police and the Region­al Government. Not all positive cases are treated in the hospital. The tens of patients with negative test results and those with lighter symptoms are sent home to self-quarantine.”

With the continued increase of the number of citizens testing pos­itive for Covid-19, the BNPB de­clared that the emergency status in response to the Coronavirus outbreak is extended. This outbreak is now categorized as “National-Scale Disaster”. However, neither the Central Government nor the Re­gional Governments have declared a state of emergency. “This is really national scale. The status of ‘special conditions’ is being extended fur­ther, because even now no Govern­ment, whether national or regional, has declared a State of Emergency. Therefore, BNPB sees the need to ex­tend this state of emergency from 29 February to 29 May 2020,” said the Head of BNPB’s Data and Informa­tion Center, Agus Wibowo, during a press conference in his office in Ja­karta on Tuesday (17/03/2020).

Therefore, Agus asks that Region­al Heads quickly declare the status of their respective regions in accordance with the instructions given by Pres­ident Joko Widodo. “First is ‘emer­gency ready’, second is ‘emergency response’. The ‘emergency ready’ status is for regions with no cases yet, for anticipation,” he said. “Then ‘emergency response’ status should be declared for regions with positive test results such as DKI Jakarta, West Java, and other regions. However, this declaration of regional status must first be confirmed with the Head of the Covid-19 Mitigation Acceleration Task Force, also the Head of BNPB, Doni Monardo.” (des)