"The central and provincial governments have been striving to assist business players in the tourism sector and their workers severely hit by the covid-19 outbreak," she informed local journalists in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra Province, on Tuesday.
To this end, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has offered 16,100 packages of basic necessities and ready-to-eat food items for the affected tourism workers in North Sumatra, Telaumbanua remarked.
Right from the early phase of the covid-19 outbreak, which initially struck the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019, and since then spread all across the globe, the tourism industry was the first and hardest-hit business sector in North Sumatra, she pointed out.
Speaking in connection with the reopening of tourist destinations in the province, Telaumbanua affirmed that the North Sumatra provincial administration had left the decision on the district and city governments since they were aware of the covid-19-related situation in their administrative areas.
The covid-19 pandemic, undeniably a huge crisis in human history, has crippled the global economy, partly owing to travel restrictions, shutdown of business entities, disruption of supply chains, and border closures.
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) admitted recently to have been apprised of the global economic crisis being a real challenge, and several nations had felt its impact amid the ongoing global pandemic.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) had forecast that this year, several countries would experience an economic contraction.
The US economy is projected to contract up to minus eight percent, while the economies of Japan, the UK, France, Italy, Spain, and Germany are expected to decline to -5.8 percent, -10.2 percent, -12.5 percent, -12.8 percent, - 12.8 percent, and -7.5 percent, respectively. (antara)