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Jokowi and Indonesia's jobless angry at COVID cash handout delays

Logistic constraints and data scarcity mar country's effort to help poor

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has lashed out at cabinet ministers over their response to the COVID-19 pandemic and delays in cash handouts to the needy. (Nikkei Montage/Source photos by AP/Reuters)

JAKARTA -- Siti Alfira's family has been hoping to receive some financial assistance ever since the Indonesian government announced plans in April to provide payments to needy people affected by the novel coronavirus.

Alfira's family in Bogor, south of Jakarta, has been struggling to make ends meet. The 24-year-old freelance campus administrator was furloughed after her university temporarily closed. Her father, the family's main breadwinner, was also put on leave from his job overseeing the university's photocopy center.

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