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Welcoming A New Dawn

Note from Editors | 13 July 2020
According to WHO at (, as of 5 July 2020, there have been 11,125,245 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 528,204 deaths in comparison to 6,057,853 confirmed cases and 371,166 deaths on 1 June.

Locally, 63,749 confirmed, 3,171 deaths as of 5 July 2020. These live numbers and the latest medical journals confirms one thing: that we are going to live alongside Covid-19 for a very long time. The governor has seen fit to extend the new normal transitional period by two weeks into July. It is not yet clear how successful this transition is going to be, or if it will, as some have also predicted, bring about a dreaded second wave in force.

While things are not exactly rainbows and butterflies, we would all do well to hold on to hope and resume our lives with sustained positivity coupled with utmost respect of this virus that has forever changed our ways of life. How do we do that? By accepting it in our lives.

Even now in the capital city, businesses are desperate to revive, and July might just be the month for it. If we are to rebuild, we must all do what we can to bring something good out of the ashes. And so, allow me to welcome you to this July edition of NOW! Jakarta e-magazine, bearing the theme of Welcoming A New Dawn.

In the spirit of new beginnings, we approach influential business owners and top management individuals to see their efforts in reviving their endavours. You will find interviews with the likes of Athony Cottan on behalf of Starbucks Indonesia, Karuna Murdaya, proprietor of some of Indonesia’s biggest business properties and Komunitas Salihara’s directors.