March 20, 2020 / 9:16 AM / 8 days ago

Indonesian president vows to use all powers to tackle health, economic woes

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Friday he would use “all state power” to tackle the health and economic problems caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Authorities launched rapid testing for the disease, COVID-19, on Friday in areas where there have been cases of the virus, Widodo told reporters.

Policy makers have also been trying to shore up the economy as the rupiah currency falls to levels not seen since the Asian fianncial crisis in 1998.

Reporting by Maikel Jefriando; Writing by Stanley Widianto; Editing by Ed Davies and Kevin Liffey

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