Grim picture as Indonesia enters sixth month of COVID-19 outbreak

first_imgYudi Fajar, a senior researcher at the SMERU Research Institute, said that despite the severity of the public health crisis, coordination and policy implementation were mostly relegated to ministries and other government institutions, much like how the bureaucracy worked prior to the pandemic.A jumble of policies and actions has been the result, creating confusion among the public, Yudi said.“Such indecisiveness has been one of the main reasons there is a heightened sense of false security among the public, which has in turn worsened the situation. This is a vicious cycle,” he told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.To effectively handle the crisis, Yudi said the government needed to strengthen its institutions and improve its workflow and coordination.In recent weeks, more and more municipalities and regencies have been classified as high-risk “red zones”, where new infection clusters have been detected, while the country as a whole has seen consecutive record daily highs in new confirmed cases.Data from the nation’s COVID-19 task force show that on Aug. 16 only slightly above 5 percent of the archipelago was classified as red zones. By Aug. 30, that percentage had nearly tripled.Epidemiologists have also raised concerns the rate of infection could overwhelm the country’s health facilities, putting health care workers at greater risk. As of Wednesday, at least 102 doctors had died from COVID-19. The deaths of many more nurses, midwives and other health workers are not fully accounted for.Despite the grim picture, many people are continuing to live their lives like normal, ignoring basic safety measures, like wearing a mask in public. The central and local governments have also yet to impose strict measures to ban large gatherings and restrict mobility to curb the virus.Read also: Patients crowd hospitals as Indonesia loses 183 ‘priceless’ medical workersIndonesian Epidemiologists Association (PAEI) chairman Hariadi Wibisono said the government’s promotion of the idea of a “new normal” was to blame for the rising infections, a concept popularized as authorities sought to jumpstart the flagging economy.“The government’s policies have been ambivalent, as they permit the reopening of public places, allowing people to gather. So, people have the perception that they can adapt to a new life now that the war on COVID-19 is over. But the virus is still here with us,” Hariadi said.President Jokowi’s administration has faced criticism since the early days of the pandemic for its lackluster efforts to contain the transmission of the virus. The President insisted that a complete lockdown was not the right approach for the country, and chose instead to implement a partial lockdown through so-called “large-scale social restrictions” (PSBB) on March 31, almost a month after Indonesia confirmed its first cases on March 2.The President also attracted public criticism following his call to “peacefully coexist” with COVID-19 on May 7, as the country stepped up preparations for the introduction of “new normal” protocols as a prerequisite for the easing of PSBB measures.“Until an effective vaccine is discovered, we have to peacefully coexist with COVID-19 for a certain period going forward. And we are lucky, as at the beginning we chose to implement PSBB measures, not a lockdown. The PSBB measures involved restrictions on activities in public spaces,” Jokowi said in June.Jokowi also previously told his ministers that Indonesia needed to flatten the curve “at all costs”, setting a goal to bring transmission under control by July.On Monday, Jokowi was quoted by Reuters as saying that the pandemic would reach its peak in Indonesia in September and that it would begin to taper off soon after.In its most recent “new-normal” policy, the government has allowed more schools to open, both in moderate-risk yellow zones and in low-risk green zones.Read also: Curfews will do little to stop COVID-19 surge in Greater Jakarta, say expertsIn Jakarta, Governor Anies Baswedan recently decided that cinemas would soon be allowed to reopen, despite the fact the capital recently recorded its highest daily increase in infections.“We will prepare the complete regulation soon, which will cover all aspects pertaining to the implementation of health protocols, following the [COVID-19] task force’s recommendations,” Anies saidOn Sunday, four days after Anies made the announcement, Jakarta recorded 1,114 new cases, the highest daily spike so far, as the capital city returned to being the country’s epicenter of the outbreak, surpassing East Java.Laura Navika Yamani, an epidemiologist from the Surabaya-based Airlangga University, said the fact Indonesia had not reached its peak of the outbreak even after six months was a clear indication that measures to control the spread of the virus had failed.Laura said the government could rectify the situation by putting the economy on the backburner and beginning to follow the guidelines made by epidemiologists.“There is no other way other than implementing health protocols in these circumstances,” Laura said. Read also: Indonesia’s latest official COVID-19 figuresThailand, on the other hand, has reported zero cases of local transmission for 100 days in a row, joining a small group of places like Taiwan where the pathogen has been virtually eliminated. Thailand has not recorded a single case of community transmission since May 26, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, based on data from the country’s health ministry.The Philippines’ health ministry, meanwhile, recorded 2,218 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, the country’s lowest daily increase in cases in five weeks, and 27 additional deaths.Public health experts and epidemiologists have blamed the worsening situation in Indonesia on what they call a “business-as-usual” approach taken by the central government and regional administrations, some of which have decided to relax social restrictions while case numbers have been continuing to rise. As Indonesia enters its sixth month since COVID-19 first reached it shores, the administration of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo continues to struggle to get on top of the public health crisis, as indicated by the resurgence of spikes in new cases, while other countries in the region, like Thailand and the Philippines, have been able to claim success in their handling of the pandemic.Indonesia reported 3,075 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the country’s overall tally to 180,646, data from the Health Ministry’s website show.The country witnessed 111 more deaths on Wednesday, taking the total number of fatalities to 7,616, the highest death toll in Southeast Asia.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Kieran Trippier sends message to Arsenal over Thomas Partey transfer

first_imgPartey signed a four-year deal at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)‘He’s unbelievable, his physicality, how he breaks up play,’ said Trippier.‘Technically he’s got everything. He ranks as one of the best midfielders I’ve played with.‘He speaks perfect English. I don’t think he’d have a problem with the Premier League.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAtletico were said to be furious with Arsenal for the manner of the way in which they signed Partey.Though no negotiations were needed between the two clubs given Arsenal needed only to activate Partey’s release clause, Atletico felt it courteous that the Gunners notified them of their intentions.However, Arsenal triggered the clause just 32 minutes before the transfer window closed.MORE: Arsenal respond to Mesut Ozil’s incredible Gunnersaurus offer Advertisement Advertisement Kieran Trippier played alongside Thomas Partey in Madrid (Picture: Getty)Former Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier says Arsenal new boy Thomas Partey will have no problems settling in at the Emirates as he’s ‘one of the best midfielders’ he’s ever played with.Arsenal completed a £45million deal for the 27-year-old on deadline day after the Gunners activated a release clause in the Ghanian’s contract.Partey has been a target for the club for the last three years and he has more than quadrupled his wages by moving to north London, where he’ll earn £250,000-a-week. Trippier played alongside Partey for a season at Atletico Madrid and despite his ties with rivals Spurs, the England defender says the midfielder will light up the Premier League.ADVERTISEMENT Kieran Trippier sends message to Arsenal over Thomas Partey transfer Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 6 Oct 2020 8:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.9kShareslast_img read more

BLOG: Governor Wolf’s Week, Feb. 29 – Mar. 4, 2016

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: The Blog,  Weekly Update This week, Governor Wolf announced several significant milestones in Pennsylvania, including the reversal of over 600 opioid overdoses in a little over a year by police across the commonwealth and Pennsylvania’s success in exceeding its 100-day goal of serving 550 homeless veterans by the end of 2015.Governor Wolf’s Week, 2/29-3/4/16Monday, 2/29/16Announced IPEG relocation and expansion, creating new jobs in Butler and Venango CountiesNewspapers across the state recognized Secretary Wetzel’s push for early education investment as a way to lower incarceration ratesTuesday, 3/1/16Recognized police departments and individual officers for carrying naloxoneKicked off Women’s History Month by honoring the contributions of Pennsylvania womenWednesday, 3/2/16Released a statement on the Federal EEOC Lawsuit against Pittsburgh-area Medical Facility for LGBT DiscriminationThursday, 3/3/16Provided an update on Pennsylvania efforts to end veterans homelessnessFriday, 3/4/16Made a “Jobs that Pay” tour stop at Urban Outfitters Headquarters in PhiladelphiaAnnounced Norac is to establish its first American manufacturing facility in Northampton CountyThe Department of Labor and Industry announced Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate declined to 4.6% in JanuaryICYMI: Best of The Blog this Week, 2/29-3/4/16BLOG: Gov. Wolf is Bringing Back Honest Budgeting to the CommonwealthBLOG: Corrections Secretary Wetzel Pushes Pre-K to Slow Prison Growth (ROUND-UP)BLOG: This Month, Let’s Remember the Historic Contributions of Pennsylvanian WomenBLOG: Wolf Administration Recognizes Police Departments, Individual Officers for Carrying Naloxone (ROUND-UP)BLOG: Pennsylvania’s Checkbook BLOG: Governor Wolf’s Week, Feb. 29 – Mar. 4, 2016center_img By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf March 04, 2016last_img read more

Nordic real estate: ATP, PensionDanmark, Unipension

first_imgATP Real Estate was familiar with the tenant from its previous investments and looking forward to continuing that co-operation, he said.Magasin is part of the UK-listed Debenhams retail group.Torben Möger Pedersen, chief executive of labour-market fund PensionDanmark, said the investment was part of a strategy to invest in commercial properties on prime locations with solid tenants and long leases.“The members can look forward to good returns on the investment, which is in accordance with our plan to have approximately 10% of PensionDanmark’s assets allocated to real estate,” he said.The property itself dates back to 1677, but has since been developed and renovated.The Magasin department store has been operating in the property since 1870.ATP Real Estate will administer the property, as it does for the other three Magasin properties owned by the investors.The parties did not disclose the price of the deal.In other news, pensions company Unipension said its new property strategy to shift bricks-and-mortar assets into global funds was on track, with 14 properties having been provisionally sold for a total of DKK1.28bn (€171m)Unipension, which runs three professional pension funds in Denmark, announced a change of strategy in March 2013 for real estate.It planned to sell its direct property holdings — mostly Danish residential and commercial buildings – and invest instead in global equities funds, starting with Europe and the US.The new strategy is aimed at achieving a higher long-term return and better spread of risk.Real estate allocations in all three pension funds will be brought to a level of 5%.Before the switch, the Architects’ pension fund had 11% of assets in property, MP Pension had 6% and the Pension Fund for Agricultural Academics and Veterinary Surgeons (PJD) had 1%.Unipension said it had set up a common fund for the three pension funds to hold the Danish properties, called Unipension Ejendomme, which was being managed by property company DEAS.The fund had taken over seven well-located core properties in and around Copenhagen that had previously been owned by MP Pension.“The work to implement the real estate strategy is going according to plan, and there is generally a good level of interest from potential buyers, and we have obtained sales prices above valuations,” Unipension said.Interest has been particularly strong for residential properties and centrally located commercial buildings, it said. Danish pension funds ATP and PensionDanmarkhave joined forces to buy the historic building in central Copenhagen that houses the Magasin department store.In the deal, PensionDanmark and ATP’s property arm ATP Real Estate bought the property on Kongens Nytorv in the Danish capital from Solstra Investments, with each pension fund taking a 50% stake.The two investors already own the three Magasin properties in Lyngby, Odense and Aarhus, and described the Copenhagen deal as a natural continuation of their current activities.Michael Nielsen, chief executive of ATP Real Estate, said: “We are very content with this investment, which is perfectly in line with our focus on large investments, long leases and secure returns.”last_img read more

Fire razes 10 houses in Miag-ao

first_img“We found it hard to penetrate the fire scene. The road was very narrow,” said Malijan. The totally damaged houses belonged to Reynaldo Siason, Mary Jane Palmos, Wilforo Dalisay, Rosie Morit, Joebert Sapan, Ronnie Severino, Pepe Severino Jr., Roman Tetisa, Pepe Severino Sr., and Queen Marie Sason. The Miag-ao firefighters got help from the fire stations of nearby towns. These are what’s left of the 10 houses that fire razed in Barangay Baybay Norte, Miag-ao, Iloilo on May 11, 2020. Fortunately, no one died. Baybay Norte is coastal village. The Miag-ao firefighters got help from the fire stations of nearby towns. No one died or got injured in the fire. PHOTO BY BFP-GUIMBAL As this was being written, the cause of fire was still being determined, and so was the estimated value of the gutted properties. ILOILO City – Fire completely gutted 10 houses and partially damaged one in Barangay Baybay Norte, Miag-ao, Iloilo yesterday. The partially damaged house was owned by Lourdes Palmos. According to Fire Inspector Ronnie Malijan of the Miag-ao fire station, the blaze started in the house of Severino Sr. then quickly scattered to nearby houses. No one died or got injured in the fire./PNlast_img read more

Joshua offers to spar with Tyson Fury

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Anthony Joshua has offered to be Tyson Fury’s sparring partner if it helps his fellow Brit beat Deontay Wilder. Joshua has been left frustrated in his attempts to lure WBC heavyweight champion Wilder into the ring as he bids to unify the division. Joshua, who now holds the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO belts following his victory over Andy Ruiz Jr last weekend, feels he has a better chance of landing a blockbuster unification showdown with Fury than with Wilder. Fury faces a re-match with the American on February 22, having drawn their first encounter, and Joshua told Sky Sports News: “I think honestly he might beat Wilder next time. “I think Fury would fight me quicker than Wilder would, so, if that’s the case,  I want him to win. Imagine that fight on British soil. “If Tyson needs me, I’ll go out and spar with him to get him ready for Wilder.” Responding to the offer on Instagram, Fury said: “I’ve just seen the video of Joshua on Sky Sports saying he’d love to come and help me in camp and that I’d fight him quicker than Wilder, that’s for sure. “When I beat Wilder, I will fight you AJ, no problem. “I would love to have you in camp, mush. Really, really love to have you in camp, work out for this fight and give Deontay Wilder a proper beating. “I hope you mean it because I’d love to have you in the training camp with me.” Nevertheless Joshua, 30, remains desperate for a mega-fight with Wilder which would see both men attempt to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis. “It still puzzles me as to why it’s so difficult to pin this man down,” Joshua added. “This is the man I need to pin down to get the last ring and conquer this division. “When he’s ready, as I am, I would love to be here talking about Deontay Wilder and the keys to victory. “It’s not about me, it’s about the sport and the legacy. If he wants to create his legacy and he wants to be a future hall of fame, he needs to come and see us. “You’ve got the two lords of the rings here. The last one to unify, undisputed, the division. I’ve got four, he’s got one. I just need one more.” In the meantime Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev is the IBF’s next mandatory challenger for Joshua, while the WBO has ordered the Londoner to fight Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk. “Pulev is a very tough athlete,” said Joshua. “He knows what he’s doing and anyone fighting for the championship is a dangerous fighter. My mindset? Seek and destroy. “Usyk is a great cruiserweight has moved up to be in with the big boys. He will be in my sights for around March or April, and he’s a very credible opponent. “I want fighters like him on my record. I’ve been studying him already.”Tags: Anthony JoshuaDeontay WilderTyson Furylast_img read more

Finishing Premier League season will be good for football – Mourinho

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho believes resuming the Premier League season, halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and playing it to completion will be good for the sport.Soccer in England was suspended indefinitely last month due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, which has caused more than 26,000 deaths in the United Kingdom. Premier League clubs are set to meet on Friday to discuss ways to finish the season.Spurs’ first-team squad returned to the club’s facilities for individual training sessions this week as they prepare for a possible resumption.“If we play the remaining nine matches this season it will be good for every one of us. It will be good for football, for the Premier League,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.“If we play football behind closed doors (without fans) I’d like to think that football is never behind closed doors.“With cameras, it means that millions and millions are watching. So if one day we walk into this empty stadium, it will not be empty, not at all.” The suspension has given Spurs’ injured players such as Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko and Steven Bergwijn time to recover but Mourinho said he was unsure of how long it would be before they were able to play competitive football again.“For them, it’s many, many weeks of injury. And when the injury was arriving at an end, we stopped training,” Mourinho said.“I don’t know, they don’t know, we have to wait for the right permission for them to train again in groups to see if they can come back to a normal competition level.”Spurs were eighth in the Premier League standings with 41 points, seven points adrift of fourth, before the season was suspended.Reuters/NAN. Tags: CoronavirusJose MourinhoPremier LeagueSky SportsTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

Ricci leaves Annie call to Mullins

first_img Press Association “She’s in very good form. That’s the most important thing. She came back from Doncaster very well,” he told At The Races. “We’re still five weeks away (from Cheltenham) and we haven’t sat down and talked about it. I have confidence in her over any trip, from two to three (miles) and we’ll have to see as we get closer. “I am sensitive to Willie and the yard and one thing we won’t do is fall out over it. I’m friends with Willie and I’m friends with Ruby and I recognise the sense of history that’s going on, but I also know and trust Willie and Ruby will do the right thing for the horse and place her where she has the best chance of winning. “We’ll run her where she has the best chance – against Hurricane Fly or Big Buck’s or whoever it is. A lot of things have to be factored in.” Annie Power has yet to tackle three miles, but Ricci does not anticipate the longer distance being a problem if a World Hurdle bid is favoured. He said: “We all think she’ll go further. In time we think she’ll be one for staying chases. “I think she’d get the distance, but I don’t know whether she’s better or not. We’ll have to see.” A third Cheltenham option for Annie Power is the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle, but with stable companion Quevega set to bid for an incredible sixth successive win in that particular event, Ricci does not expect Annie Power to stand in her way. “That’s kind of Quevega’s race. If something happened to Quevega, certainly that’s an option, but in my heart of hearts that wouldn’t be our preferred race, I don’t think,” he said. The six-year-old stretched her unbeaten record to 10 with another dominant display at Doncaster last weekend and is in the rare position of being considered a major contender for the Champion Hurdle over two miles and the World Hurdle over three. With Mullins’ Hurricane Fly set to bid for a third Champion Hurdle victory, Annie Power could step up in distance and tackle Big Buck’s, but Ricci insists any decision will not be rushed. center_img Leading owner Rich Ricci trusts Willie Mullins to make the right call over which race the much debated Annie Power should contest at the Cheltenham Festival in March.last_img read more

Carroll facing lengthy lay-off

first_img Carroll, who is on loan from Tottenham, was hurt during England Under-21s’ 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic last Friday. He scored the only goal as England triumphed in Prague. Press Association Swansea’s England Under-21 international Tom Carroll faces up to six weeks on the sidelines due to ankle ligament damage.center_img A Swansea spokesman has confirmed that the 22-year-old midfielder is now expected to be out for between four and six weeks. Carroll has so far made 18 appearances for the Swans after joining them last summer on a season-long loan. Swansea manager Garry Monk, meanwhile, is understood to be awaiting results of a scan on winger Jefferson Montero, who reportedly suffered a muscle strain playing for Ecuador against Mexico last weekend. Swansea resume their Barclays Premier League on campaign on Saturday when they host Hull City. last_img read more

Target Registers Across the Country Shut Down

first_imgSaturday afternoon was a frustrating time if you were inside a Target store. Target customers across the country were tweeting about the mega retailer experiencing a nationwide computer malfunction. Customers with red shopping carts filled to the brim were at a standstill on the lines as Target’s registers were down. Self check-outs were also moving extremely slow.Target responded to the frustration of many shoppers tweeting, “We’re aware that guests are currently unable to make purchases at Target stores. Our teams are troubleshooting now and we apologize for the inconvenience. We will provide an update as soon as possible.”Target has since provided another update that their systems are now up and running again.— Target (@Target) June 15, 2019 Target operates more than 1,700 stores in 49 states.last_img read more