Indonesia: December Foreign Visitor Arrivals Fall 88.08% But January Inflation Slows To 1.55%; Covid-19 Total Almost 1.1 Million


JAKARTA,Feb 1 (Reuters): Foreign visitors arriving in Indonesia fell 88.08% in December on a yearly basis to 164,100, amid global coronavirus-linked restrictions on travel, data from the South=East Asian nation’s statistics bureau showed on Monday.

For the whole of 2020, foreign arrivals dropped 75.03% to 4.02 million visitors.

It was Indonesia’s worst record in the last few decades.

Indonesia’s annual inflation rate, however, slowed for the first time in five months in January, staying below the central bank’s target range, data from the statistics bureau showed on Monday.

The consumer price index rose 1.55% annually in January, compared with an increase of 1.68% in December and against expectations for a 1.66% rise in a Reuters poll.

Bank Indonesia’s 2021 inflation target range is 2%-4%.

On a monthly basis, prices increased 0.26%.

January’s core inflation rate, which excludes volatile food and government-controlled prices, was 1.56%, below December’s 1.60%, but slightly higher than a forecast of 1.53%.

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 10,994 within one day to 1,089,308, with the death toll adding by 279 to 30,277, the Health Ministry said on Monday.

According to the ministry, 10,461 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 883,682.

The virus has spread to all the country’s 34 provinces.

Specifically, within the past 24 hours, Jakarta recorded 3,614 new cases, West Java 2,966, Central Java 974, East Java 693 and South Sulawesi 649.

No more new positive cases were found in two provinces, namely Jambi and West Kalimantan. – Reuters

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